Hillary Clinton was in Chicago today to speak before a crowd of black women attending the Ida B. Wells Legacy Luncheon. You can probably guess what she told the crowd about President Donald Trump.
Clinton largely took black voters for granted during the 2016 election season, which is why they turned out in such low numbers for her on Election Day. Today, however, she was beyond complimentary, calling black women “essential for democracy.”
Of course, she also claimed the Trump White House is racist, which isn’t a new accusation from Clinton.
Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t pull any punches on Thursday, telling a Chicago audience that in America today “truth, facts and reason” are under siege, and “racist and white supremacist views” are finding an ear in the media and the White House.
Clinton returned to her hometown to both receive an award and help raise money for a political action committee aimed at bolstering African-American women in politics — and to blast her take on Donald Trump’s America.
“We are living in challenging times. We’re living through a war on truth, facts and reason, watching as racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and in the White House. But despite it all, there are signs of hope and resilience and much of that is being led and shaped by black women like my dear friend [Congresswoman] Maxine Waters,” Clinton told hundreds at the Sheraton in Chicago.
As she does for most of her speaking engagements, Clinton is over-complimentary to her crowd.
Clinton’s visit is a big nod to a group of voters who were some of her biggest and most unwavering supporters. She last visited Chicago during a book tour last year. The Chicago native, former presidential candidate, first lady and secretary of state, spoke at the Ida B. Wells Legacy Luncheon.
Clinton stressed the importance of black women and their power to instill change: “Black women are not only the base of the Democratic party. You are essential to democracy.”
Clinton spoke of voter suppression, the struggle for black women to get equal pay and the need to represent black women long after elections. And she vowed to “keep the faith” in those efforts.
Here is how local news covered the Hillary Clinton speech.