BALTIMORE (Talk Media News) – Donald Trump told the hundreds in attendance at the National Guard Association of the United States’ Baltimore conference Monday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s recent attack on his supporters is further evidence of her contempt for average Americans.
“We have the support of cops and soldiers, carpenters and welders… millions of working class families who just want a better future and a good job, Trump said to a few hundred people in attendance at the Baltimore Convention Center. “These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized. These were among the countless Americans that Hillary Clinton called deplorable, irredeemable, and un-American.”
At a New York fundraiser on Friday Clinton said Trump’s most fervent supporters are largely comprised of racists, sexists, homophobes and Islamophobes. She subsequently issued an apology the next day after facing significant criticism from the Trump campaign as well as other Republicans.
“She divides people into baskets as though they were objects; not human beings,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton made these comments at one of her high-dollar fundraisers on Wall Street. She and her wealthy donors all had a good laugh.”
Trump said Clinton’s criticism of his working-class supporters demonstrates extreme condescension as well as a sense of entitlement.
“Hillary Clinton is an insider supported by powerful insiders-attacking Americans who have absolutely no political power,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton spoke with hatred and derision for the people who make this country run.”
Trump said Clinton’s alleged contempt for average Americans should preclude her from seeking office.
“The distain that Hillary Clinton expressed toward millions of decent Americans disqualifies her from public service,” Trump said. “You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter; but she does.”
Clinton has since tweeted out that she will continue to hold Trump responsible for what she believes is a campaign that condones intolerance.
"I won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign." —Hillary pic.twitter.com/C3Z7GybJ53
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 10, 2016
If elected, Trump promised that the National Guard receives additional resources and equipment, which pleased many in attendance.
Maj. Donny Crandell, 50, a chaplain in the Nevada National Guard, who was stationed in Kyrgyzstan during the Afghanistan war, said he believes Trump would be able lead the U.S. military into a new and improved era.
“The military could have its best years under his presidency,” Crandell said.
Crandell also said Trump’s “overall attitude toward the military is promising” from the perspective of “those who have served.”
Brigadier General Randolph Staudenraus, 51, of the Maryland Air National Guard, said he is not definitively certain who he is voting for, but is leaning towards supporting Trump.
“He’s made some good points during his campaign,” Staudenraus said.
Staudenraus pointed to Trump’s promise to oppose defense sequestration as evidence of that claim.
“We need a budget we can count on,” Staudenraus said.
Clinton has also advocated for ending the defense sequester.
Across the street from the convention several dozen protestors gathered at the corner of a busy intersection. Some carried anti-Trump signs and others yelled anti-Trump epithets. Police closely monitored the protestors and made sure traffic was not disrupted.