Clinton continues attack on Trump during Sacramento campaign stop

Barbara Harvey

Just ahead of California’s June 7 primary election, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton—along with a multitude of guest speakers to introduce her—greeted throngs of passionate supporters at a last-minute Get Out The Vote rally at Sacramento City College on Sunday, June 5.

Glee actor Darren Criss, Senator Richard Pan, Congressman John Garamendi, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Congresswoman Doris Matsui were among the speakers to introduce the Democratic candidate.

The rally comes as a part of Clinton’s recent flurry of campaigning in California, as she aims to secure the state over opponent Bernie Sanders leading into the July 25 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

“I want to finish strong in California,” Clinton told supporters. “It means the world to me.”

Clinton, to the delight of the crowd, used a portion of her roughly half hour speech as a continuation of Thursday’s biting attack on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“In the last few weeks, he’s insulted our closest allies and praised dictators,” Clinton said of Trump, while promising that voters would enjoy “a very contentious campaign, because I am going topoint out at every single moment that I can why the Republican nominee should never get near the White House.”

Clinton was given a glowing introduction from Matsui, who invoked her personal relationship with the Democratic candidate following the death of her husband, Congressman Bob Matsui.

“When Bob died, Hillary was the first to call,” Matsui said, giving supporters a glimpse into their decades-long friendship.

Matsui also spoke passionately of Clinton’s accomplishments, calling Clinton “one of the most broadly and deeply qualified people ever to run for president.”

Following the rally, Clinton stayed behind to take selfies with supporters.

Sacramento State alumnus John Vigna said he was excited by the turnout and atmosphere at Sunday’s rally.

“No one here’s saying that we need to shoot Wall Street executives or anything like that,” Vigna said. “It’s positive. There’s a positive energy here, and I really like that.”

Sacramento State graduate students Brindi Carnici and Tali Torres, who braved the heat for hours for a chance to hear Clinton speak, said that many of their college-aged friends are supporters of Sanders.

“A lot of young people are Bernie Sanders supporters because of how he’s portrayed in the media, having lunch with famous rappers and wanting that free college,” Carnici said. “We’re millennials, but we’re looking at what these people stand for—their policies—and we believe that if our friends and other fellow young people were to actually look at what Hillary stands for, they would switch teams and come over and support the Clinton campaign.”

Carnici may get her wish, as some of the rally’s younger attendees expressed curiosity in Clinton’s campaign.

“I’m interested to see what she has to say,” said Sacramento State transfer student Kendra Barnes. “I went to a Bernie rally, and now I’m going to a Hillary rally, kind of to compare the two. So I haven’t made a solid decision, but I want to go see both of them speak.”

The California primary will be held on June 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can find their polling place by visiting

Additional reporting by Joseph Daniels and Vu Chau. 

Correction: The Democratic Convention in Philadelphia will take place on July 25, not June 25.