Calling this election “incredibly painful” and saying she took no pleasure in the cascade of scandal and allegations hitting her Republican opponent, Hillary Clinton swung through Seattle on Friday, holding a high-priced private fundraiser and stopping briefly at a campaign office to rally supporters.Watch the full speech at the fundraiser above and a brief portion of her remarks at the campaign office here:
With Republican Donald Trump hit with a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct this week and ratcheting his campaign rhetoric ever more hostile, Clinton called for healing the divisions the election is creating.
“This election is incredibly painful. I take absolutely no satisfaction in what is happening on the other side, with my opponent,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in a brief speech to a packed, cheering room at a Madrona campaign office.
“I am not at all happy about that because it hurts our country, it hurts our democracy, it sends terrible messages to so many people here at home and around the world,” she said. “Damage is being done that we’re going to have to repair. Divisions are being deepened that we’re going to have to try and heal.”
Speaking next to Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both of whom are up for re-election, Clinton stressed the importance of voting in down-ballot races as well as her own.
“It goes without saying that you’re going to have maybe the biggest turnout of any state,” she said to huge cheers.
The brief stop followed a fundraiser at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle featuring a performance by Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
While a smattering of pro-Trump supporters stood outside the theater — including one in a Clinton mask with devil horns and one with a “Hillary for Prison 2016” sign — Clinton spoke of reconciliation inside.
She said she wanted people “to start looking after each other again,” and that people needed to support each other at the end of an acrimonious campaign season.
“I need your help not just to win this election but to govern and to heal the divides that exist in our country right now,” she told donors.