After missing three days of campaigning and fundraising to recover from pneumonia, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is back on the trail, blasting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bigotry after Trump refused to say whether he believes Obama was born in the U.S.
Speaking from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala in Washington, D.C., Clinton looked to remind Latino voters of the controversial remarks Trump has made about minorities during his campaign.
“He was asked one more time where was President Obama born, and he still wouldn’t say Hawaii. He still wouldn’t say America,” Clinton said.
“This man wants to be our next president. When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry? He’s tried to reset himself and his campaign many times. This is the best he can do. This is who he is.”
Clinton was referring to an interview Trump did with the Washington Post published Thursday in which he declined to say if he believed Obama is an American citizen, a conspiracy he’s fueled for years.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” he said. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”
When Robert Costa pressed Trump, pointing out that campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had said there is “no question” that the president was born in the U.S., Trump remained opaque.
“It’s okay. She’s allowed to speak what she thinks. I want to focus on jobs, I want to focus on other things,” he said.
The GOP presidential candidate made similar remarks earlier this month.
“Well I don’t know. Was it a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate,” Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. “I’m saying I don’t know.”
Clinton sought Thursday to remind voters, especially Latinos who could play a major roll in swing states, of the stakes in the election and that despite her perceived shortcomings, Trump’s vision for America is a dangerous one.
“Donald Trump is running the most divisive campaign of our lifetime. His message is ‘you should be afraid of people whose race or ethnicity is different,’ ” Clinton said.
Clinton also said that a taco truck on every corner “sounds delicious.”