Clinton Vows to Protect Workers, Fight for Sanders’ Agenda

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton told a crowd of union members in Detroit a Donald Trump presidency would erase decades of progress made on behalf of working-class families.

Clinton spoke before thousands attending a convention of the Service Employees International Union.

The SEIU endorsed Clinton in November, so it was friendly turf for the former Secretary of State to press for raising the minimum wage and enacting paid family leave.

Clinton also criticized Trump for asserting he would improve the lot of working-class Americans, calling the likely GOP presidential nominees’ economic plan unclear and his track record disastrous.

He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies,” Clinton said. “I mean, ask yourself how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really?”

Clinton also made a plea for supporters of Bernie Sanders to join her campaign.

The former Secretary of State told the union members in Detroit she has their back on issues like raising the minimum wage, and now needs them to have her back.

Working-class Democrats helped Sanders overcome a double digit deficit to defeat Clinton in Michigan’s March presidential primary.

But Clinton maintains she’ll still be the eventual Democratic nominee and she, not Trump, will be the one to pursue Sanders’ agenda.

Clinton said, “I applaud Senator Sanders and his supporters for challenging us. We are gonna get unaccountable money out of politics. We are gonna take on the crisis of income inequality.”

Sanders vows to remain in the race up to a possibly contested Democratic convention.  

WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter attended Clinton’s speech and talked about it with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn.

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Quinn Klinefelter

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