In a question-and-answer session with reporters at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Friday afternoon, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took a conciliatory tone on Trump supporters, while harshly condemning the GOP candidate himself.
“We need to stand up as a country and say Donald Trump doesn’t stand for who we are and what we believe,” Clinton said in her prepared statement. “America is better than Donald Trump.”
In a sharp contrast to convention speeches, which focused more on how America is “already great,” Clinton focused in on the economic suffering and feelings of alienation that she described as being a key factor in the Trump phenomenon. She said she wanted to be the president for all Americans, including Trump supporters, and said something would need to be done to lift the economic burden.
Clinton also answered questions about the persistent issue of her private email server that continue to beleaguer her, despite being cleared by the FBI of any criminal activity. She specifically discussed three emails said to have been marked classified, which she said lacked the proper identification to indicate them as such. She also reiterated her claim that the FBI investigation found her to be truthful, though she did admit she “may have short-circuited” in her public statements on the subject.
When asked if she was taking the Latino vote for granted, Clinton insisted that she would not, and further emphasized that she would not break up families or deport large numbers of Latin American immigrants.
Clinton’s last press conference was 244 days prior to Friday’s event, leading to Twitter debates over whether the Q & A session truly counted as a press conference thereby breaking the streak. Participants in this social media exchange have included CNN’s Dan Merica, and Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon.
@danmericaCNN Pretty sure she is standing at a podium taking questions on a broad range of topics from national print and TV reporters
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 5, 2016