Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came to Harlem Tuesday to drum up support during the final weeks before the New York primary. Clinton made a speech at the Apollo Theater to supporters and local elected officials on her plan to give opportunity to all Americans.
Coming back to the state where she served as U.S. Senator from 2001 to 2009, Clinton spoke to the crowd to get voters to support her once again, this time to put her in the White House.
The midday speech was opened up by Clinton’s former colleague Sen. Chuck Schumer, who highlighted Clinton’s work on the Zadroga Act and making sure 9/11 workers are taken care of.
Calling on the number of elected officials present at the event, she made particular mention of Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel who she said was one of her inspirations to get into elected office.
“She instinctively turns her concern and her anger at the plight of the middle class to action, and that is what we need,” Schumer said. “We know her. We love her. And we can’t wait for her to be president.”
During her speech, Clinton touched on a range of topics in front of the audience that filled the theater to capacity. Supporters were waiting in line during the early morning hours for Clinton’s speech that started shortly after noon.
Equal pay for women, ending racial discrimination, gun reform and improving education in urban communities were just a few of the issues Clinton highlighted. She particularly focused on the divisive campaigns the Republican candidates are capitalizing on, including Donald Trump’s views on women and Ted Cruz’s recent statements on conductng surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods.
Quoting the late Maya Angelou, Clinton said that the Republican Party’s rhetoric is clear when it comes to which direction they want the country to go in.
“When someone shows you who they are—believe them, the first time,” Clinton said.
Clinton discussed Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani American NYPD cadet and paramedic who died on 9/11 trying to save several people.
“When I think back to those eight eventful years that I served you, there were some hard times, weren’t there? But we pulled together,” she said. “New Yorkers know better. Our diversity is a strength, not a weakness. New York represents the best of America, and together we can face down the worst.”