Former President Bill Clinton spoke in support of his wife, Hillary, Saturday before approximately 300 people at Ganesha High School in Pomona. The rally was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)
By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/21/16 – 8:48 PM PDT |
POMONA >> The 42nd President of the United States was on the campaign trail Saturday, hoping to help his wife become the 45th.
“If you look around this crowd, you represent one vision of America’s future, in all your diversity,” Bill Clinton told a crowd of hundreds at Ganesha High School in Pomona. “We can all honor our diversity because we believe our shared humanity is most important.”
Republicans want something very different, he said: “The other vision out there is ‘no, no, no, you don’t understand, what we need is a wall.’ ”
The evocation of Republican candidate Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the United States’ border with Mexico drew boos from the crowd.
“Do you hear that sound?” Eric Bauman, the vice-chairman of the California Democratic Party and the Chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, asked the crowd. “That’s the sound of glass cracking — the final glass ceiling is cracking!”
A diverse crowd of supporters stood on the artificial turf of the school’s quad, wearing carpenters and teachers union shirts. Members of the Black Student Union from Diamond Ranch High School wore black T-shirts with #woke on the back.
The former president said, should she be elected, Hillary Clinton would take steps to make college more affordable and help those burdened by student debt pay it off more easily.
He also said more work remains to be done for women’s and LGBT rights — “Paid leave, equal pay, affordable childcare.” — as well as rights for the disabled.
“Nobody should be denied the right to be part of our shared future. Bridges, not walls,” Bill Clinton said, again evoking Trump’s proposed wall. “We have got to build a world that we can all live in.”
He also addressed the attacks Hillary Clinton has faced, both on the right and left.
“Never underestimate your adversary. Never, ever, ever. If they’re dumb, you’ll win anyway,” Bill Clinton said.
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