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.
Two standbys of Hillary Clinton's stump speech — riffs on guns and national security — assumed added resonance in San Bernardino, the city that was shaken by a terrorist attack six months ago.
Speaking at CSU San Bernardino on Friday night, Clinton's message was subtle but unmistakable: Here, these issues are personal.
"You here in this beautiful city know the horrors, the losses associated with gun violence are just unimaginable," Clinton told about 1,000 attendees, as she vowed to "take on the gun lobby."
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There's no room for violence. There's no place for shouting. There's no room for a politics that fails to at least listen to the other side — even if you vehemently disagree. Because I believe if you've got the better argument, then you don't need to do that. Just go out there and organize and persuade."
President Obama, condemning the melee outside a Donald Trump rally Thursday night in San Jose.
Before an audience in Orange County's Little Saigon, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seized on an opponent whose name she has barely uttered in the days leading to Tuesday's California primary: Bernie Sanders.
She criticized his past votes against a Senate immigration reform measure — mentioning that it was authored by liberal icon Ted Kennedy — and several times for measures protecting gun sellers and makers from liability for shootings that involved their weapons.
Calling the 2007 immigration measure “one of the big differences in this campaign,” Clinton described the vote as “our last best chance” to change immigration laws for the benefit of millions in the country without proper papers.
Donald Trump rebutted Hillary Clinton's claim that he is “temperamentally unfit” to be president with a staunch defense of what he called his "beautiful" temperament during a rally in Redding on Friday afternoon.
“I really believe I have the greatest temperament there is," Trump said. "I have a tough temperament, but we need a tough temperament…. My temperament is totally controlled, so beautiful.”
The speech was also notable for a tangent in which he referred to the race of one supporter in the crowd.
Hillary Clinton unequivocally condemned the violence that erupted against Donald Trump supporters at a rally in San Jose on Thursday night — but she also accused Trump of playing no small role in instigating it.
“He set a bad example,” Clinton said in an interview on CNN. “He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters. Now we are seeing people who are against it respond in kind.”
“It should all stop,” she said. “It is not acceptable.”
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.