Chelsea Clinton‘s mantra for the 285 people that showed up at the Living Light Community Center on Monday to hear Hillary Clinton‘s daughter talk: That words matter, but bringing people together does as well.
Stumping for her mother Hillary Clinton, who is seeking to be the next president of the United States on Nov. 8, Chelsea focused more on why her mother was the best choice and not as much about Republican nominee Donald Trump. Her visit comes on the heels of a tape being released on Friday where Trump talked about seducing and groping women. A number of Republicans across the nation have said they will not back him. House Speaker Paul Ryan also told media outlets on Monday that he will no longer campaign for Trump or defend him, according to a story by the Journal Times.
Instead, she emphasized how Hillary’s agenda, which includes: raising the minimum wage, overhauling the nation’s immigration policy, and supporting family medical leave. But she also drew differences between who Trump was advocating for and how that did not include many people in the room.
“If we look at areas where we already have a broad-base and bipartisan support, my mother has a record of building things together and getting things done. And she hopes that she will have the opportunity to demonstrate that action-oriented positive leadership as president,” she said.
Chelsea also drew distinct differences between Hillary and Trump, and talked about the divisiveness that has marked Trump’s campaign. During a presidential debate held Sunday night, Hillary talked about how different this election is than others.
“If we think about presidential, state or local elections, most of the time there is no question that we — across party lines — share similar goals,” Chelsea said. “The question is how do we reach those goals. What is so different about this election is that I believe my mom is… building our great country.
“I think that Donald Trump is advocating for people who look like him for white men, straight, wealthy… and is not a country that would include any of us or at least not most of us.”
For Joel Hill, 24, of Racine, he came to hear Chelsea speak because he has three children and he wants to see his community change.
“I want to see things change between the poor and the rich,” he said. “I want to see us come together, the blacks and the Caucasian people in this town. We need jobs and transportation. I’m a young father, but I still support my kids and I want to be an example, instead of being blamed for what is wrong in this community.”
Racine Mayor John Dickert also attended the rally, which he said was an opportunity for the Clinton campaign to get back to the actual issues.
“This is what is being lost with all of the rhetoric going on,” Dickert said. “It’s easy to say you’ll make America great, but Trump really isn’t showing us details.”
But a number of Racine County Eye readers feel Trump is the better candidate.
“Ask her why her mom destroyed iphones and ipads with hammers and tried to wipe her servers clean. Then ask about what really happened in Bengahzi…” said Anthony Wood. “So here’s the REAL Bengahzi story. Amb. Stevens was sent to Benghazi post haste in order to retrieve US made Stinger missiles supplied to Ansar al Sharia without Congressional oversight or permission. Hillary brokered the deal through Stevens and a private arms dealer named Marc Turi. Then some of the shoulder fired missiles ended up in Afghanistan used against our own military.”
After Ryan said he would no longer campaign for Trump, Josh Schimek, a Racine County Eye reader, said he would not vote for Ryan.
“For the record, I will NOT be supporting or voting for the traitor Speaker Paul Ryan, who shamefully threw our nominee, Donald J. Trump, under the bus in an attempt to advance Hillary Clinton to the Presidency and the Democratic Party agenda to the Judiciary. It’s clear now who Paul Ryan really is and what he stands for, and it’s NOT the vision of America that he spoke of when he said that government should be about “creating an equality of opportunity.” Paul Ryan is DEAD to me,” he said.