It’s a choice between “love” and “hate.”
That’s how Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants the public to look at Election 2016.
Clinton hammered the message in at a speech at Philadelphia’s Temple University on Sept. 19.
Throughout her speech she stressed Trump’s involvement and leadership in the birther movement and the fact he has retweeted white supremacists.
“You also see a Republican nominee for president who incites hatred and violence like we’ve never seen before in any campaign,” she said, adding that Trump is normalizing hate speech.
Clinton painted herself as the antithesis of that.
“I believe it’s wrong to tear each other down, we should be lifting each other up,” she said.
“Everything I’ve learned in my life convinces me that love trumps hate,” Clinton told the crowd later.
She spoke of what she feels like America needs: “optimism, not resentment. Answers, not anger. Ideas, not insults. Bridges, not walls.”
Clinton also acknowledged her own weaknesses.
“Even if you’re totally opposed to Donald Trump you may still have questions about me,” she said. “I get that and I want to do my best to answer those questions.
“When it comes to public service, the service part has always been easier to me than the public part,” she continued. “I will never be the showman my opponent is, and you know what? That’s okay with me.”
“This election is not a reality TV show,” she also said.
Clinton touched on various policy points, including her plan to make public college tuition free for those in need, advocate for cleaner energy and help get equal pay for women (details of which, she said, you can find in her book “Stronger Together.”)
Clinton reiterated much of her op-ed on Mic.com, referencing how much she has learned from the millennial age group (her target audience for the day) and how they will always have a seat at the table in her administration.
She concluded her speech for a plea to get out and vote.
“This is going to be close. We need everyone off the sidelines,” she said. “Not voting is not an option. It just plays into Trump’s hands, it really does.”