In Final Push, Clinton Describes Election As Choice Between 'Division Or Unity'

Andrew Harnik

In one of her final rallies ahead of Election Day, Hillary Clinton told a crowd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday that the presidential election presents a clear choice between herself and the "temperamentally unqualified" Donald Trump and his dark vision of the country.

Throughout the general election, Clinton has painted Trump as a different candidate, arguing that he is uniquely unfit to be president and railing against his angry rhetoric. She sought to drive that point home on Monday, attempting to define the election in stark terms.

"The choice in this election could not be clearer. It really is between division or unity. Between strong and steady leadership or a loose cannon. Between an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and an economy that is set up and run for those at the top," Clinton said.

She criticized Trump's anger and the way he has described America, urging the country to come together.

"We don't have to accept a dark and divisive vision for America. Tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America," Clinton said.

"Our core values are being tested in this election, and I know that people are frustrated. A lot of people feel left out and left behind. There's fear, even anger in our country," she continued. "But I've got to say, anger is not a plan, my friends. If we're going to harness our energy and try to overcome our problems, then we've got to start talking to each other again, and we have to get good ideas wherever they come from."

After relaying the story Khizr Khan — the father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier who has railed against Trump's rhetoric about Muslims since the Democratic National Convention — and laying out her economic vision for the country, Clinton again circled back to her point that this presidential election is different.

She said that she's disagreed with other Republican candidates in the past, but that she never doubted "that they were fit to serve."

"This person is temperamentally unqualified, experientially unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief," she said, referring to Trump.

Clinton called for "more love and kindness," as she has throughout the campaign.

"We have got to rise above all of this hate-filled rhetoric," she said.

Clinton told the crowd that she wants to serve all Americans, including those who haven't voted for her, and she said that she wants to "build bridges not walls."

She ended one of her final rallies of the cycle with her usual line, "Love trumps hate."

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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