Speaking at a closed-door, $2,700-per-head fundraiser in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that national security is the main reason that she believes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump must be defeated in November.
"There are a number of reasons to defeat Donald Trump, but chief among them is security," Clinton said.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP/Jim Cole)
She made the remark after discussing how Trump's call for a ban on Muslims, among other campaign statements, would pose challenges to working with Middle Eastern nations against terrorism, CNN reported.
The comment about security was notable, as it was reportedly the only time during her address that Clinton mentioned a Republican candidate by name, shedding light on the possibility that Trump is now being looked at more seriously by the Clinton camp.
Among her other remarks, the Democratic candidate said that she is troubled by what the Republican candidates all stand for.
"It's just not who we are. It's quite a troubling vision," she said of the GOP worldview. "And it's not just Trump. It's all of them."
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP/David Goldman)
The closed-door event was held at the home of Hollywood producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and her husband, MarketShare founder Jon Vein. According to Deadline, tickets started at $2,700 and went up to $27,000, depending on the package attendees chose to buy into.
Actors Jim Parsons and George Takei were among the more than 300 people in attendance.