With Election Day just around the corner and the race for the White House tightening, Hillary Clinton has unleashed a fresh offensive, even taking aim at a heckler in the crowd.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Democratic candidate was briefly interrupted by a protester shouting “Bill Clinton is a rapist” and waving a fluro green sign bearing the same statement. Despite the roaring crowd packed into Delvoe Memorial Park, the man’s words could be heard clearly.
Leaning into the microphone, Ms Clinton pointed a menacing finger at the stray heckler who denounced her husband in front of more than 4000 people.
“I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and the anger of people who support Donald Trump,” she shouted, amid cheers.
It hasn’t been uncommon for “rapist” protesters to show up at Clinton campaign events over the course of this election. But the Democratic nominee, usually unperturbed by their presence, offered a rare reaction this time.
It’s a sure sign of the mounting pressure in the Clinton camp following the FBI’s new email review and the tightening polls, with both candidates increasing the heated rhetoric in the final week and repeatedly warning of dire consequences if the other is elected.
Ms Clinton’s intense condemnation of the “dangerous” vision promoted by Mr Trump, and the male protester’s dramatic removal from the venue by security, was captured on social media by many at the rally.
Protester interrupts Hillary Clinton shouting “Bill Clinton is a rapist.” Clinton fires right back “I am sick and tired of the negative” pic.twitter.com/yncdkS90Bg
— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) November 2, 2016
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) November 2, 2016
Ms Clinton didn’t address the renewed investigation into emails that may have come from her private server, instead imploring voters not to “get distracted” in the final days.
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