PUEBLO, Colo. — Hillary Clinton promised a positive approach by her campaign in the final four weeks of what has been a vitriolic race for president, telling south Coloradans that all Donald Trump and his team “have left” is negativity.
“We are going to be talking about what we can do together,” the Democrat said before about 2,600 enthusiastic supporters at a Colorado State Fair and Rodeo event hall. “But Donald Trump is taking a very different tone.”
She noted her GOP opponent’s campaign has touted its new “scorched earth” strategy.
“This just shows how desperate they are,” Clinton said. “That is all they have left: pure negativity, pessimism.”
The former secretary of state’s campaign also was still dealing with the steady flow of apparently hacked emails made public by WikiLeaks. One appears to show a top aide disparaging Roman Catholics as believing they are the “most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.”
Jennifer Palmieri, the director of communications, whose name appears as the sender of the 2011 email, told reporters aboard Clinton’s campaign plane that she doesn’t recognize the exchange. She reiterated that the team views WikiLeaks and Russia — whom U.S. intelligence officials have implicated in the hacks — as seeking to interfere in the election on behalf of Trump.
Palmieri noted that she herself is Catholic.
Think tank member John Halpin, who is Catholic, in the exchange says two conservative Catholics, including Rupert Murdoch, must be attracted to the “severely backward gender relations.”
Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted that the leak is the “latest faux controversy” via WikiLeaks.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, in a conference call that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, criticized the Clinton campaign’s “hostility to religious liberty” and said the aides involved should be fired.
Current House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he cannot defend Trump’s comments on women, also condemned Clinton, saying she should not “employ people with biased and bigoted views.”
Campaigning in Ocala, Florida, Trump said the leaked emails show the depth of corruption within Clinton’s inner circle. The Trump team has seized on several of the apparent revelations by WikiLeaks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied his country’s involvement in a CNN interview Wednesday, adding there is no proof of Russia’s role. He denied that federation officials were behind the apparent hacks that have included a trove of emails about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, saying the accusation of meddling in the election is “ridiculous.”
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta addressed the leaks for the first time Tuesday night, telling reporters aboard the campaign plane that the FBI is investigating the hacking of his Gmail account. He said that he believes Russia and WikiLeaks are operating in favor of Trump.
At the Colorado Democratic Party rally in Pueblo, Clinton noted that this presidential election will be the first in which all of the state’s active voters can participate via mail. The campaign has encouraged early-voting states to mobilize.
Attendee Irene Laydon, 58, of Pueblo, who wore a “Madame President” pin and brought her 7-year-old grandson, said voters should turn out “because of Trump” and to ensure it is Clinton who gets elected. She said her candidate can more successfully work across the aisle as president than the divisive Trump.
“She’s got the respect of both parties,” Laydon said. “She’ll be very cooperative with the Republicans. She’ll get more cooperation from Congress.”