Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted President Donald Trump and his administration while speaking Thursday at the Ida B. Wells Legacy Luncheon in Chicago.
Wells was an African-American journalist and activist.
In her remarks, Clinton said that the White House and the media “lifted up” both “racist” and “white supremacist” views and was responsible for promoting dissent in the U.S. She also praised the efforts of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has frequently — and loudly — called for Trump’s impeachment.
What did Clinton say?
Clinton, the luncheon’s keynote speaker, said that the U.S. is at war with itself.
“We are living in challenging times,” Clinton said. “We’re living through a war on truth, facts and reason, watching as racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and in the White House. But despite it all, there are signs of hope and resilience and much of that is being led and shaped by black women like my dear friend Maxine Waters.”
Clinton went on to lift up black women, who she celebrated as “the base of the Democratic Party” and “essential to democracy.”
“We are in a struggle for what kind of country we’re going to be, what side of history we’re going to be on,” Clinton explained. “So you are Ida’s legacy. And as I said the day after the election, and I want to say it again in this room: You are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dream.”
She also spoke of voter suppression, and equal rights for blacks, especially black women.
Who sponsored the luncheon?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, Planned Parenthood, and media entrepreneur Fred Eychaner jointly sponsored the luncheon.
Eyachner was a previous Clinton supporter who reportedly donated $32 million to support “Democratic causes” during the 2016 presidential election cycle.