Singer-songwriter Elton John has praised U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton during a fundraising dinner in Los Angeles Thursday night, calling her “the only candidate supremely qualified to lead this great nation in these challenging times,” reports Billboard.
Clinton, who has hosted close to 70 fundraisers in the city, was having what was called her “final Los Angeles dinner” before the Nov. 8 election. The dinner, whose guests included Barbara Streisand, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, and Sean and Alexandra Parker, was held at the home of entertainment executive Casey Wasserman and his wife, movie music supervisor, Laura.
John, who performed during the fundraiser, effusively praised Clinton while also taking a dig at her opponent, Donald Trump, saying, “We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian.”
The English musician made references to his own humanitarian work to illustrate the scope of Clinton’s contribution in this field.
"I’ve dedicated the past quarter century of my life to the fight against AIDS — to advocating for the human rights of all people ... no matter who they are, who they love, or where they live,” John said. “And Hillary has been doing this important work — fighting for equality, for the rights of all people — long before I was. She’s amassed an astonishing record of achievement — unmatched by any American politician today."
Once again referencing Trump, who most recently was at the center of a controversy for allegedly assaulting women for years, John said, “America is already great – and Hillary is a part of the reason why,” he said. “So tonight, I’m proud to say: I’m with her!”
Speaking during the dinner, Clinton said, “We are 25 days out and now we need to turn out every voter, because if we do, we win. This has been an unpredictable election and I'm taking nothing for granted.