Clinton holds rally at Sacramento City College

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd during her campaign event at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California on June 5, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California today.

The rally was attended by thousands of supporters who waited in a long line outside the event, but only a few hundred were allowed inside the college’s gymnasium, where the rally was held.

Current and former American River College students attended and talked about their support for — and opposition to — Clinton.

“One of the main reasons I’m voting for her is because I remember growing up when the economy was great under Bill Clinton,” said Sonia Franco, who just finished the nursing program at ARC. “I think she can improve our economy, so that I can have a chance to advance in the workforce.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles at  the crowd during her campaign event at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California on June 5, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles at the crowd during her campaign event at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California on June 5, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

One former American River College student was at the rally as a supporter of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

“I’m a union civil engineer so it would actually behoove me to vote for Hillary,” said Brian Gutierrez. “ … I see Trump as revolutionary and Hillary as some of the same.”

The rally hosted 11 speakers, including Clinton.

The speakers included California legislators Kevin McCarty and Richard Pan, California Congress representatives John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, California Governor Jerry Brown’s chief of staff Nancy McFadden and actor-singer Darren Criss, among others.

One of the speakers was Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has been under scrutiny recently for sexual misconduct allegations. He walked on stage and received applause mixed with booing from the crowd.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson speaks at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016. Johnson recieved audible boos from the audience as he took the podium. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson speaks at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016. Johnson received audible boos from the audience as he took the podium. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

All the speakers voiced their support for Clinton, her experience and her stances on issues like climate change, healthcare and the minimum wage.

Also a popular topic, multiple speakers voiced their support of Clinton’s past, her voting record and specifically, her history working as an advocate for children.

“There’s no child advocate better than Hillary Clinton. She fought for children as a top attorney coming out of Yale Law school,” said Pan. “She used her talents to fight for children, for families, for all of us. … That’s the kind of activism we need to lead our country, and certainly for a community like Sacramento.”

“Glee” actor Darren Criss said the rally was “not just for her, it’s for us. … For the people outside (the rally), to fight for her so she can fight for us.”

Clinton walked on stage with and was introduced by Matsui.

Matsui said Clinton has “a powerful vision about how to move our country forward” and said Clinton’s “leadership (is) driven by perspective as advocate, public servant, mother and grandmother.”

“She will go into the oval office on day one and take charge,” said Matsui.

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California representative Doris Matsui introduces democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016. Matsui was one of 11 speakers to speak before Clinton took the stage. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

U.S. representative Doris Matsui introduces democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016. Matsui was one of 10 speakers to speak before Clinton took the stage. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Clinton’s speech discussed the issues that have been popular this election cycle, listed Hillary’s history on issues and gave reasons why Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is unfit for office.

“It is a great treat for me to be here in Sacramento two days before the conclusion of the CA primary,” said Clinton. “I want to thank your governor, Jerry Brown, for his endorsement.”

Clinton repeated throughout the speech that she believes “America’s best years are ahead of us.”

Clinton voiced her support of renewable energy, raising the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act and the ending of mass incarceration, especially for nonviolent offenses.

Clinton said that in her history on the United States Senate, she often reached across the aisle to work with Republicans on legislation.

“We need to get over this partisan divide and move forward together,” said Clinton. “We need to get off the red team, get off the blue team and get on the American team.”

Clinton concluded her speech by encouraging her supporters to get out and vote in the California primary on Tuesday, June 7.

“I want to finish strong here in California,” said Clinton. “It means the world to me.”

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1 Comment on "Clinton holds rally at Sacramento City College"

  1. Pan is a criminal, supported by pHARMa money so he can lie about caring for kids while promoting an agenda that denies kids a public education unless they submit to pHARMa’s vaccination schemes. He is responsible for eroding constitutional freedoms and medical ethics. His support for her causes many of us to not want her in office to advance ever more of the same. DRUGS, GUNS, and OIL industries own these candidates, they are all playing a part in the death industry that is killing millions of people a year worldwide, sacrificed on the alter of money and political corruption, supported by an unprecedented media campaign of propaganda that plays on unjustified fears in order to gain submission and compliance. And the press remains silent.

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