U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Saturday that her Republican rival Donald Trump was truly unfit to succeed President Barack Obama, linking herself to the two-time president’s legacy.
“We need ideas, not insults. Real plans to help struggling Americans in communities that have been left out and left behind — not prejudice and paranoia,” the former secretary of state said at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala in Washington, D.C. “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand that.”
At the dinner, Clinton was also given the foundation's Trailblazer Award for becoming the first female presidential candidate for a major political party.
In the weeks before the November elections, Clinton is hoping to gain the confidence of the youth and minorities to secure a lead over Trump. The gala was the latest in the line of events that the former first lady has attended as a part of this attempt. Clinton attended a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute event in Washington on Thursday and spoke to the Black Women’s Agenda Symposium on Friday — where she said that her Democratic nomination was possible only because of the support she received from African-American voters, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Obama, who was Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential race, has endorsed her candidature for the 2016 elections. Both attended the Black Caucus gala but did not appear together on stage.
“After we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” Obama said at the gala. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
On a lighter note, the president also addressed Trump’s final acceptance of the fact that Obama was born in the United States. “There’s an extra spring in my step tonight. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole ‘birther’ thing is over,” Obama said.
“I mean: ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change — none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate. And to think: that with just a 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved,” CNN quoted Obama as saying.
Clinton, meanwhile, reiterated the point that has been the basis of her campaign, “Let’s send a clear message once and for all that we are stronger together. And no matter what remember this, love trumps hate.”