Hillary Clinton slams North Carolina leaders at rally in Raleigh

by WorldTribune Staff, September 29, 2016

During a campaign stop in Raleigh on Sept. 27, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blasted North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2) and scolded the state’s elected leaders for passing it.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College. /AP
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College. /AP

“The very mean-spirited, wrong-headed decision by your legislature and governor to pass and sign House Bill 2 has hurt this state. But more than that, it’s hurt people,” Clinton said at a rally at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

HB2 requires people using public restrooms in North Carolina to use the facilities of their birth gender.

Clinton said North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers were sending a message to LGBT people that “you’re not really wanted. You’re not really part of us.”

“The other thing your governor and legislature did is everything they could to make voting harder for people,” she said. “Now, they were pretty blatant about it — make it harder for people of color, make it harder for the elderly and make it harder for the young.”

Clinton also took a shot at what she characterized as GOP candidate Donald Trump’s lack of preparation for the first presidential debate. While Clinton’s backers in the major media gave her the edge in the debate, most online snap polls said Trump was the victor.

“I do have this old fashioned idea that if I’m asking for your vote I should tell you what I’m going to do,” said Clinton. “What we hear from my opponent is dangerously incoherent.”

“This is not reality TV,” she said. “It is real. It’s as real as it gets.”