By Laura Figueroa – Newsday.com
Photos: Itzik Roytman/COLlive
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took aim at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Brooklyn campaign rally Tuesday, calling his policies “dangerous” and divisive.”
“The fellow who is from New York, I wish he’d get out of one of his towers and actually walk the streets and spend time with the people of this city, because pedaling prejudice and paranoia is not the New York way,” Clinton said to cheers from an audience of more than 300 people at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights.
Clinton said Trump’s call to block Muslims from entering the United States temporarily was “dangerous” because it threatened America’s ties with Arab state allies.
“We have someone who is running for president who is making it harder to protect ourselves,” Clinton said, noting that her experience as former U.S. Secretary of State made her aware of “how hard it is to form coalitions.”
The Clinton event was billed as a town hall forum on women’s issues. Instead of taking questions from the crowd, Clinton spoke for an hour about her plans to give “women the keys to their own future.” She cited her proposals to promote equal pay for women, and to increase investments in minority- and women-owned small businesses.
Clinton was joined at the event by the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, and New York City Public Advocate Leticia James, who both championed Clinton’s work for women and communities of color.
“For the first time in a while New York has a big role to play in the primary process,” McCray said. “There is more at stake than ever, especially for women, women of all ages, women of all ethnicities.”