Hillary Clinton needs the women of suburban Philadelphia.
So on Tuesday, she came to Delaware County with her daughter and a famous actress to hold a town hall on families.
Elizabeth Banks moderated the forum (“Isn’t she pitch perfect?” Clinton commented) which began with some remarks from the three about being mothers and then proceeded to questions from the audience.
The first question came from Brennan, State Senator Daylin Leach’s daughter, who clearly touched the candidate with her question on body image.
“At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age,” Leach asked. “I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look. As the first female president, how would you undo some of that damage and help girls understand that they are so much more than just what they look like?”
“Wow. I am so proud of you for asking that question,” Clinton began. “You’re right. My opponent has just taken this concern to a new level of difficulty and meanness. And it’s shocking when women are called names and judged on the basis – solely on the basis – of physical attributes.”
The former Secretary of State proceeded to discuss the ways the media shapes how women and girls view themselves and lamented the online bullying that takes place against teenage girls. She also hit Trump for his comments about Alicia Machado.
“My opponent insulted Miss Universe. I mean, how do you get more acclaimed than that? But it wasn’t good enough.”
The second question went to a mother who lost a son to gun violence and then had another son commit suicide afterwards.
“Here’s what I think we need to do,” the Democratic nominee stated. “We need comprehensive background checks. We need to close the online loophole. And we need to do everything we can to close the gun show loophole. And we need to do a much better job, which was the original purpose of the NRA. Originally they were supposed to be doing safety education. And I know people who took their courses. Now they’ve turned themselves into a total shill for the gun makers. And we’ve got to reverse the liability protection given to gun makers and sellers so that they can be held accountable. And we have to finally pass a common-sense bill – your Senator, Bob Casey, was on the floor arguing for it last summer – a bill to prohibit people on the terrorist watch list from buying weapons in America. And everything I’ve just said is supported not only by a big majority of Americans but a big majority of gun owners.”
The next query came from a black mother worried about her children, particularly her two sons, being the victims of police violence.
“That is the reality,” Clinton responded. “What she is talking about is what black parents live with every day. I was in Charlotte on Sunday, and I was speaking at a church. And I said, “Look, I have these two absolutely wonderful grandchildren. I will never have to sit them down and tell them to be afraid, to be careful.’”
She proposed more empathy, criminal justice reform and reducing the number of guns on the streets as solutions.
A Haverford Township Commissioner got the next opportunity and he asked about how Clinton would work with local governments.
“You know I wrote a book called It Takes a Village,” she said. “Well, the village has to be there for people. So what are we going to do? I’m going to look for ways to be as good a partner and to use whatever federal funding we can to support you in achieving the goals that you set for yourselves and your communities.”
Another teenage girl got a question and she wanted to know more about the candidate’s plan for college. Clinton answered that the government needs to provide the states with more funding and reduce the interest rates on loans.
The student also mentioned that she participated in a middle school debate pitting Clinton against Trump and she represented the Democratic nominee and won.
“Well, first of all, thanks for winning the debate,” Clinton joked. “That makes us 2 and 0.”
Finally, another girl took the microphone and thanked the candidate for shepherding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“I just wanted to say thank you for passing the Children’s Healthcare Insurance Plan because you have changed my life,” she stated. “I would not be here standing today better than I was if not for you and that plan, so thank you.”
“Wow, thank you so much for standing up,” Clinton commented. “You know, the Children’s Health Insurance Program is truly one of my most favorite policies that I’ve ever been involved in and worked on because this story is something I hear across America – eight million kids are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
After about 50 minutes the forum wrapped, and the nominee headed out to Harrisburg to hold a rally and take questions from the press. It was her first visit to the Philly suburbs this year but it may not be her last.
Umm… watch the video. Plenty of people in the audience in front of her.
I’m sure the women appreciate your “mansplaining”.
They are probably wondering why you like a racist, thief and con-artist like Trump.
Are American women really so tick that they cannot see through smoke and mirrors and recognise true monster?
Trump is a LOSER.
There was not anyone in Front of them only behind them . Killary Plays to another EMPTY Room . Killary why did you have a Private Detective Threaten all of Wild Bill’s Girlfriends ? You call yourself an advocate for Women yet Support Regimes that Stone women to Death for being raped and do Honor Killings of women . You have done more damage to Women tha anyone ever has . Killary you are a disgrace to every Woman and Girl on Earth Go peddle your Garbage to some Arab Country since you Kiss their ass so much . You are Pathetic Killary
Seems Hillary has finally gotten a foothold. She leads in all the polls now. America is already great. And too smart to elect a two-bit grifter like Donald Drumpf.
The fact that the desperate need to “go low” proves how strong a candidate Hillary is. I’m with her.
Did Hillary discuss Bill’s infidelity?
Not one woman I know will be voting for Trump. And most don’t believe Trump on the audit. If he is really being audited, where’s the audit letter? Plus – his surrogates keep giving contradicting reasons for hiding the tax returns. He is con-man; that’s my bet.
@Linda, Trump is under a tax audit right now. All that Obama has to do is give him a pardon for any violations related to his tax returns. But he won’t do it because his hacks at the IRS are working overtime to find something against him.
So, Senator Leach pulled his daughter out of school for the day to be a political prop?
Oh, Linda, she is qualified – at ordering drone strikes on journalists! Lolol… Talk about Hiding – where are those Wall Street Transcripts, hm? Hillary’s is counting on you hillbots forgetting about those…
Thank goodness she went out among the Rich White Female voters – really expanding her base! Had to be at LEAST 150 women there!
I wonder how many hours Daylin prepped his witness, I mean, daughter, for that well-rehearsed question. Daylin used to pretend to be a Progressive, but has been a Hard Right Hillary bot for a year now. What a scam artist.
Hillary was wonderful. I know some do not like her – but she is much more qualified than her opponent. Not even close. And he promised to release his taxes; I am very suspicious now that he has reneged on that promise. He is hiding something.