SAN FRANCISCO — Hillary Clinton said during a fundraising swing Thursday through California that Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks against women, immigrants, prisoners of war and other sectors of the American population make her want to stop following the news and watch viral cat videos instead.
The Democratic nominee spoke against Trump as surrogates, including an impassioned Michelle Obama, took to the trail elsewhere to do the same.
“There’s hardly any part of America that he has not targeted,” Clinton said at the San Francisco event. “It makes you want to turn off the news. It makes you want to unplug the Internet or just look at cat GIFs.”
Clinton said she has watched cats “do a lot of weird and interesting things” recently.
The former secretary of state spoke amid several published reports in which women make groping allegations against Trump. Trump has vociferously denied the charges, calling them “pure fiction” in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Republican candidate also has threatened to sue The New York Times for libel for publishing two accounts from women who accused him of sexually accosting them.
Michelle Obama spoke in Manchester, New Hampshire, saying Trump’s pattern of behavior, which includes leaked audio from 2005 in which he boasts about making sexual advances as a star, has “shaken me to the core.”
“Strong men — men who are truly role models — don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful,” Obama said, adding that it was not an “isolated incident.”
She said, “To dismiss this as everyday ‘locker room talk’ is an insult to decent men everywhere.”
Vice President Joe Biden criticized Trump’s attitude toward women at a Las Vegas campaign stop, and Bill and Chelsea Clinton also were stumping.
The Clinton team also was dealing with still more apparently hacked emails released by WikiLeaks from the Gmail account of campaign chairman John Podesta.
One exchange from 2014 appears to show campaign manager Robby Mook writing to Podesta to suggest contacts to help persuade the Illinois Democratic Party to push the primary to April from March — a maneuver to help Clinton’s chances.
Past leaked emails show campaign members discussing the court date for the Department of Justice case involving Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Mook in a conference call Thursday with reporters reiterated that the campaign and U.S. government believe Russia is behind the hack and is meddling in the election in favor of Trump.
Clinton was scheduled to tape an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Burbank, California, and then attend a high-dollar, star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles.
She tweeted of Obama: “@FLOTUS, I’m in awe. Thanks for putting into words what’s in so many of our hearts. -H.”
The former secretary of state has a substantial polling lead over Trump in California, where she was stumping.
Mook touted high early-voting numbers, saying Democrats and minority voters, including African-Americans and Latinos, were mailing in ballots at record-breaking numbers in Florida, North Carolina and other states.
Asked about the assault allegations against Trump, Mook said it is “vital that our next president is one that can act as a role model for young people and who respects all Americans.”