Hillary Clinton makes unannounced stops at Louisville black churches, urges voters to support her Tuesday

05/15/2016 07:04 PM

LOUISVILLE — Hillary Clinton stopped at two African-American churches on Sunday, urging the congregations to support her bid for the White House in Tuesday’s primary before making a scheduled appearance on the south side of the city.

Clinton started her barnstorm of Louisville on Sunday morning at St. Stephens Baptist Church on Louisville’s West End. The former secretary of state was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Councilman David Tandy at the campaign stop, days away from Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary.

The service was one of “racial reconciliation,” with Rev. Dr. Chris Caldwell, the pastor of Broadway Baptist, a white church, speaking on the need to come together under God.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby announced Clinton to his congregation saying he was honored to have “she who will be the next president.”

Also greeting Clinton at St. Stephens was former Democratic Party Chair and friend of the Clintons, Jerry Lundergan. State Sen. Gerald Neal, who faces two Democratic primary challengers in Tuesday’s primary, was also in attendance.

At noon, Clinton then traveled to the Hike’s Point area of Louisville, where she joined another African-American congregation at Canaan Christian Church. The former first lady took in the lively atmosphere, again, alongside Yarmuth and Fischer.

The congregation was celebrating the Women of Promise Weekend, and remarked on the gender barriers the Democratic politician has broken and the goal of becoming the first female President of the United States of America.

Clinton ran with the message telling the group of the need to “knock down all of the barriers of this world.”

During her speech at the church, Clinton also touched on issues of gun violence, agreeing with reforms President Obama has sought in office, and calling for criminal justice reforms to end mass incarceration.

Later in the afternoon, Clinton made her first official public stop of the day at the Union of Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Louisville, where she said she would stand up for union workers in the White House.

Former Gov. Steve Beshear introduced Clinton at the get-out-the-vote rally in Louisville. During his brief remarks, Beshear took aim at likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom he said could endanger every person in the world.

“That position of commander in chief has never been more important than it is right now,” Beshear told the crowd. “You and I know that commander in chief has to be steady, has to be smart, has to be reasonable, has to be and has to be strong. And out of the two people this fall, are you kidding me?”

“We got a guy on the other side who wants to give nuclear weapons to other countries,” Beshear continued. “Are you kidding me? A fella that if you ask him where certain countries were he wouldn’t even know.”

Trump has said he thinks the USA shouldn’t fight nuclear proliferation, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper in April that more countries should have nuclear weapons.

Clinton, who leads Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in delegates, spoke of the Vermont senator and Donald Trump at the rally. Following up on Beshear’s remark, Clinton said Trump is a “loose cannon.”

“Governor Beshear is absolutely right. I’ve never heard such reckless risky talk from somebody about to be a nominee for president than I’ve heard from Donald Trump when it comes to nuclear weapons,” Clinton said. “For 70 years, Democrats and Republicans alike we’ve done everything we could to prevent more countries from having nuclear weapons and along comes Donald Trump and he says well he doesn’t really care, let them all have nuclear weapons.”

“He says he would use nuclear weapons,” Clinton continued. “This is scary, dangerous talk. This is the talk of a loose cannon.”

Clinton went on to campaign in northern Kentucky on Sunday and has stops planned in Bowling Green, Hopkinsville and Lexington on Monday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is estimating only 20 percent of registered voters will make their way to the polls on Tuesday.


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