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US polls 2016: Donald Trump's final target is democracy itself, says Hillary Clinton

News Agencies | First published: 26 October 2016, 11:06 IST
US polls 2016: Donald Trump's final target is democracy itself, says Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is attacking everything that has set the US apart for 240 years and after spending his entire campaign targeting various groups of Americans, his final target is democracy itself.

"There is a reason America is the greatest and longest lasting democracy the world has ever known, because we believe that no matter what you look like or where your parents were born or who you love, you have the right to be treated equally and fairly in the United States," Clinton said at an election rally in Florida.

"(Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump is attacking everything that has set our country apart for 240 years. Now, after spending his entire campaign attacking one group of Americans after another -- immigrants, African Americans, Latinos, women, POWs, Muslims, people with disabilities -- now his final target is democracy itself," she alleged.

Clinton promised her countrymen to strengthen the democratic values.

"Here's what I want you to know, in the four years, we are going to change some things in America, right? I do want to get the economy working for everyone, not just those at the top," the 69-year-old former secretary of state said.

Clinton promised that her administration would do that and bring about other positive changes but asserted that they are not going to change the fundamental values that made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

"I think it all started when George Washington refused to become a king. Right? Now, Donald Trump probably would have called him a loser," Clinton said.

"Instead, that was one of the most important decisions any president has ever made. Eight years, it's time to move on. We fought a revolution so that we would not have a king. We would not be subjects, we would be independent citizens. I cherish that idea," she said.

But the good news is that Americans are coming together, Clinton asserted.

"At the very moment when Donald Trump is making an unprecedented attack on our democracy, millions of people are registering, voting early and volunteering in this campaign,"she said, adding that more than six million people have already voted.

Observing that people should honour the men and women in uniform who fight for the country, Clinton said she was "appalled when Trump tweeted that the new effort underway to push the terrorists out of the key city of Mosul is already...I quote him, 'a total disaster' and that our country is, again I quote, 'looking dumb'."

--PTI

First published: 26 October 2016, 11:06 IST
 
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