Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said that her rival Republican candidate Donald Trump incites hatred and violence like never seen before in any US presidential campaign.
“You see a Republican nominee for president who incites hatred and violence like we’ve never seen before in any campaign. Hate speech being normalised, the dog whistles are out in the open,” Clinton said at an election rally in Pennsylvania on Monday.
“And yet despite this, I remain convinced America’s best days are ahead of us. In large part, that’s because of the inspiring young people I meet every day,” she said.
Clinton urged Pennsylvanians to give her a fair hearing in the November general elections against Trump.
“I do spend a lot of time on the details of policy. Like the precise interest rate on your student loans, right down to the decimal. But that’s because it’s not a detail for you, it’s a big deal, and it should be a big deal to your president,” she said.
“So here’s what I ask any voter who is still undecided. Give us both a fair hearing. Hold us accountable for our ideas, both of us. I can’t promise you’ll agree with me all the time, but I can promise you this; no one will work harder to make your life better. I will never stop no matter how tough it gets,” she said.
“In fact, you can read about what Tim (Kaine) and I want to do. We’re not keeping it a secret. We’ve got a book called ‘Stronger Together’,” Clinton, 68, said.
She said the Presidential elections were different this time.
“We are facing a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination in his businesses, who retweets white supremacists, who led the birther movement to delegitimise our first black president, and he’s still lying about it today. He refuses to apologise to President Obama, his family, and the American people,” Clinton said.
“We have to stand up to this hate. We cannot let it go on. When we do that, we send a clear message, America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. Just as important, we have a chance to make real progress together in our country,” Clinton said.
She said this election comes down to a choice between two very different visions for America.
“I believe it’s wrong to tear each other down. We should be lifting each other up. It’s wrong to let income inequality get even worse. We have to make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. And it’s wrong to put a loose cannon in charge who could start another war,” she said.
“We should work with our allies to keep us safe. It comes down to this. Are we going to pit Americans against each other, and deepen the divides in this country? Or are we going to be, as I know we can, stronger together? Clinton said amidst applause from the audience.