Former President Bill Clinton condemned the violent protests outside Donald Trump’s campaign rally Thursday in San Jose, calling Friday for peace and respectful listening.
“If people want to protest Mr. Trump or Hillary or me or anyone, fine, but it should be peaceful. People should be able to have their say," Clinton told The Times after rallying supporters for his wife, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a Burbank park. "We should listen to everybody respectfully. We can win this argument; we don’t need to shout it down.”
The Clintons are barnstorming California in the lead-up to the primary Tuesday. Clinton is expected to clinch the nomination before the polls even close in California, but her campaign is working hard to avoid an embarrassing loss here to rival Bernie Sanders.
Donald Trump is doubling down on his charge that the San Diego judge overseeing cases against Trump University cannot be trusted to handle the litigation fairly because he is Mexican American.
Trump repeatedly said on CNN on Friday afternoon that the ethnicity of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has precluded him from issuing fair rulings. Then Trump denied that such remarks, which he first made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, are in any way racist.
“He is a Mexican. We are building a wall between here and Mexico,” Trump said when asked what basis he has for alleging the bias, referring to the border wall he has proposed to build.
The usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced perhaps his strongest worry yet that Donald Trump could lose Latino voters for the GOP for a generation.
Speaking Friday on MSNBC, McConnell shared his own story of casting a "protest" vote as a young man against Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican presidential nominee because of the candidate's opposition to civil rights.
"My party has been struggling with African American voters ever since," McConnell said.
Amid the arguments erupting on the left about the clashes outside the Donald Trump rally in San Jose on Thursday night, Vox journalist Emmett Rensin emerged as a forceful defender of the protesters who got physical and destroyed property.
He mocked liberals who condemned the behavior as unacceptable and unproductive, arguing on Twitter that if Trump is the fascist and an existential threat to American democracy that many on the left brand him, rioting is in order.
Then, Rensin, deputy editor of the Vox “first-person” section, went a step further.
First Lady Michelle Obama took aim at Donald Trump during a commencement speech in New York on Friday at a college that prides itself on diversity – a haven, she said, where students have never had to “hide their last names or their accents.”
She never mentioned Trump by name while she spoke at the City College of New York, but she criticized the billionaire's plan to build a wall on the Mexican border to keep out immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
“Here in America, we don’t give in to our fears,” she said. “We don’t build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home.”
As Democrats cringe over the violent bedlam at Donald Trump's rally in San Jose on Thursday night, Republicans were reeling from the egg-throwing, harassment and physical skirmishes directed at his supporters.
For those caught in the chaos, it was a harrowing scene.
Harmeet K. Dhillon, the vice chairwoman of the California GOP, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the event at the San Jose Convention Center. She then got caught betwen protesters and police as she left and ended up seeking refuge in a nearby hotel restaurant.
Jun. 3, 2016, 12:22 p.m.
It's deplorable no matter who's doing it."
Hillary Clinton, condemning the violence Thursday night outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose.
Four days before a clash in California with her Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton had eyes Friday on another opponent: Donald Trump.
A day after she lanced Trump in a speech focused on foreign policy, Clinton cast that address as “the opportunity to just repeat what Donald Trump has said — I didn’t make any of that up; I mean, it would be hard to make that up.”
And before hundreds of cheering women at West Los Angeles College, she reiterated her bottom line: “I believe absolutely that he is not only unprepared to be president, he is temperamentally unfit to be president.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Donald Trump's no-holds-barred campaigning "deeply frightening" on Friday, pointing to the turbulence in her own career to express her deep concern about the Republican nominee.
"Instead of bringing people together, he's dividing America. And that's a real problem," Feinstein told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
"As a former mayor of San Francisco that became mayor as the product of assassination, I know what division does in a populace. And it's the one thing that you don't want."