Clinton Tells Minority Journalists: ‘I Want You To Hold Me Accountable’

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August 5, 2016 1:15 p.m.

In a Friday address to the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at their joint convention, Hillary Clinton asked reporters to hold her accountable for her campaign promises.

“Keep holding all of us accountable,” Clinton told attendees. “I do have this old-fashioned idea: When you run for president, you ought to tell the voters of America what you would do as president. So I am going to keep telling you what I would do because I want you to hold me accountable, press and citizens alike.”

Clinton also addressed Republican opponent Donald Trump, slamming his divisive rhetoric and controversial comments throughout the course of his candidacy.

“At every turn, he stokes division and resentment,” she said. “He is harkening back to the most shameful chapters of our history and appealing to the ugliest impulses of our society.”

She cited comments by Trump calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” as well as the candidate’s record of retweeting white nationalists and his attacks on a federal judge‘s Mexican heritage.

“And yes, he also talks about curtailing press freedom as well,” Clinton added.

A slew of reporters and publications, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Telemundo, Politico and The Des Moines Register, have been denied access to Trump’s campaign events. In June, Trump threatened to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials over “incredibly inaccurate” critical coverage.

“I believe with all my heart that America is better than this,” Clinton concluded. “America is better than Donald Trump.”

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