Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and his likely opponent in the November election, Hillary Clinton, brought their campaigns to Orange County Wednesday, on a day when the former secretary of state’s handling of email again came under fire and another Trump rally sparked unrest.
But the email issue was far from people’s minds during Clinton’s speech at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park, where she was met by a cheering, rowdy crowd of supporters.
“I have this old-fashioned idea that we are stronger together — stronger together when we make the economy work for everybody, not just those at the top; stronger together when we knock down all the barriers that stand in the way of any American.”
Clinton, 68, lashed out at Republican economic policies, saying “it is a historic fact our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House.”
“Now look, they (Republicans) do have a point of view — I know and respect they are consistent, consistently wrong, but they are consistent. They believe that if they just keep cutting taxes on the wealthy, it’ll all trickle down. They did it. They took a machete to the tax system. They cut taxes on the wealthy. They took their eyes off the financial markets and the mortgage market, and you know what happened — and California was especially hard hit; 9 million Americans lost their jobs, 5 million homes were lost.
“… So listen carefully, because when Donald Trump talks about the economy, he is talking about trickle-down on steroids,” she said. “He has put forth an economic plan that is by a billionaire for billionaires, and it is going to hurt a lot of people. He doesn’t seem to actually care about making America great so much as he seems to care about making himself look great.”
Trump, 69, pulled no punches during his afternoon speech at the Anaheim Convention Center, where Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, held a rally on Tuesday.
Trump peppered his speech with attacks on Clinton, using his much- repeated term, “Crooked Hillary.”
“She doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” he said. “She’s got bad judgment. She’s got horribly bad judgment, and that was stated by none other than crazy Bernie (Sanders). Bernie said that Hillary Clinton has bad judgment.”
Trump added, “If she wins, you better get used to it because you’ll have nothing but turmoil.”
Trump spent the bulk of his speech recounting his primary election victories across the country, and commenting about signs he spotted in the crowd, including one that read, “Hispanic female veteran.”
“Three great words. That’s so nice, thank you,” he said.
Responding to a group of people with signs that said “Latinos for Trump,” he said, “I love that” and added, “By the way, you’re all here legally.”
“Your jobs aren’t going to be taken away by people who just came from across the border,” Trump said. “… I have great relationships with the Hispanics. We’re going to do very well with the Hispanics because we’re going to create jobs. Jobs is what this country needs.”
Trump has been under fire throughout his campaign for his comments about immigrants from Mexico, calling them criminals and rapists.
“I have thousands of Hispanics who work for me. They are phenomenal people,” he said.
His speech was interrupted briefly early on by a protester in the crowd, and Trump bellowed from the stage, “Get him out.” He added, “Don’t hurt him,” noting that he was “saying that for the cameras.”
“So don’t hurt him, even though he’s a bad person,” Trump said as the protester was led out of the convention center.
With Trump later repeating his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the crowd rallied behind him, chanting, “Build that wall, build that wall.”
This was Trump’s first to Orange County since April 28, when his appearance in Costa Mesa sparked protests that turned violent and ended with 17 arrests. Some of the protesters jumped on police cars.
Anaheim police arrested one person Wednesday morning outside the venue for selling T-shirts without a license, Sgt. Daron Wyatt. That was the extent of police activity until just before 2 p.m., when some protesters hurled bottles at police while others tried to climb over a barrier, prompting officers to declare an unlawful assembly and begin attempts to disperse the crowd, Wyatt said.
Seven adults and one juvenile were arrested as police tried to break up the crowd outside the rally, Wyatt said. Law enforcement agencies from throughout Orange County sent officers to Anaheim to help control the crowd, and Wyatt said police on horseback were the most effective tool in containing the group.
Violence also broke out Tuesday night at a Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several Albuquerque Police Department officers were injured as a result of being hit by rocks thrown by anti-Trump protesters. Protesters also threw bottles and rocks at police horses, and at least one person was arrested, police said.
“The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag,” Trump tweeted this morning. “The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!”
In the midst of Wednesday’s campaigning, the State Department’s inspector general issued a highly critical analysis of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state. He concluded that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private server and that department staff would not have given its blessings because of security risks.
The inspector general found that Clinton’s use of private email for business was not an appropriate method of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure federal record laws are followed. The 83-page report was also critical of several of Clinton’s predecessors.
There was no immediate reaction from Clinton, but her political foes pounced on the report about the inspector general’s findings.
“The Inspector General’s findings are just the latest chapter in the long saga of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment that broke federal rules and endangered our national security,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
Trump is scheduled to tape an appearance Wednesday afternoon on the ABC late- night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that will air tonight. The businessman is also set to attend a fundraiser tonight at the Brentwood home of real estate investor Thomas Barrack Jr.
The event will mark a shift in fundraising by Trump, who has largely funded his own campaign so far but is now partnering with the Republican National Committee so he can secure larger donations to bankroll what is expected to be a costly general election battle in November.
Clinton will also appear on a talk show Wednesday, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” in an interview taped Tuesday.
Sanders held a midday rally in Cathedral City in Riverside County, and returned to Los Angeles County for a late-afternoon event at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster.
This was the third consecutive day Clinton has been in Los Angeles or Orange counties. She spoke at fundraisers in Holmby Hills and Hancock Park on Monday, then held events Tuesday in South Los Angeles, Commerce and Riverside.
This was the fourth consecutive day Sanders has campaigned in Los Angeles or Orange counties in advance of the June 7 California primary. Sanders will hold another rally Thursday in Pomona, then another on Friday in San Pedro.
—City News Service