A New Hampshire businesswoman opened a Hillary Clinton event on Tuesday night by taking a shot at Barack Obama.
“Unlike Obama, Hillary respects rural America,” Kathleen Kelley told the Berlin crowd, according to CNN reporter Dan Merica.
Kathleen Kelley, a businesswoman in northern New Hampshire, opens a Clinton event w/ this: “Unlike Obama, Hillary respects rural America.”
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) December 30, 2015
Merica later added that Clinton did not appear to share Kelley’s view:
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Obama famously told a San Francisco fundraising crowd during his 2008 run against Hillary Clinton that the reason he was struggling to prevail in the Pennsylvania primary is because small town people in the state “cling to guns or religion.”
Several replied to Merica’s tweets, with some indicating that Clinton should not be accountable for what a supporter says, while others believed it was evidence of why she will not be able to hold together the Obama coalition.
— richdoll (@richdoll54) December 30, 2015
— TurnArkansasBlue (@HillaryGuess) December 30, 2015
@danmericaCNN NO WAY would Hillary have wanted this gaffe out there! How embarrassing for her and us Clinton supporters!
— Lee in Iowa (@Lee_in_Iowa) December 30, 2015
Some suggested that “rural” was really a reference to white America.
As reported by Western Journalism, Clinton took a big swipe at Donald Trump in the fall when a New Hampshire Trump town hall attendee prefaced a question about the possibility of terrorist training camps in the U.S. by calling President Obama a Muslim and charging that he was not an American.
Trump chose not to address the introductory statements, other than to interject, “We need the question. This is the first question,” to crowd laughs as he appeared to uncomfortably allow the man to finish. Clinton pounced, tweeting:
Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 18, 2015
Perhaps Clinton should be held to the same standard of forceful refutation, particularly if the person making the controversial statement is sharing the stage with her at her campaign event.