Clinton Uses Trump's Abortion Comments to Hit Sanders

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:12 AM

Y. - Hillary Clinton, minutes after being interrupted by Bernie Sanders supporters here Thursday, slammed the VT senator for his response to Donald Trump'south comments on abortion.

Clinton Uses Trump's Abortion Comments to Hit Sanders

PURCHASE, N. Y. - Hillary Clinton, minutes after being interrupted by Bernie Sanders supporters here Thursday, slammed the VT senator for his response to Donald Trump'south comments on abortion.

While calling Trump out for "outrageous" statements on women facing punishments for abortion - which the Republican front-runner has since walked back - Clinton notably took the opportunity to hit Sanders for suggesting Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC'south Rachel Maddow that the country should instead have "a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America."

Though she acknowledged Sanders first called Trump'south comments "shameful," Clinton argued that women'south reproductive groups love Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the National Organization for the Repeal of Abortion Law endorsed her instead because she'south "led on this issue."

"We necessity a president who's passionate about this, seeing it as a top priority because women'south health is below assault," she said.

The former secretary of state charged Sanders with calling the frenzy around Trump'south comments a "distraction," though Sanders never used that word precisely in his interview with Maddow on Wednesday and also made a larger point about the media'south role in covering the bombastic billionaire.

Clinton similarly knocked Sanders for this in a follow-up interview with Maddow on Wednesday. "To think that this is an issue that's not deserving of reaction just demonstrates a lack of appreciation for how serious this is. This goes to the heart of who we're as women, what kind of rights and choices we have, it certainly is as necessary as any economic issue," she said.

A Sanders campaign spokesman didn't reply to Clinton'south comments directly, but said "Sen. Sanders has a one hundred % lifetime voting record defending a woman'south right to select and will do all that he can to defend and widen that right if elected president."

On Wednesday, campaigning in the state where she served as a senator for eight years, Clinton grew impassioned after being interrupted by a grouping of protesters.

During a riff about not being "oblivious to the pain and frustration" bubbling nationwide, a grouping of students started chanting: "She wins, we lose!"

A visibly mad Clinton responded to the activists, whom she identified as Sanders supporters. Clinton typically ignores or dismisses protests during her events, but wasted number time in commenting at Wednesday'south rally.

"Oh, I know, the Bernie people came to declare that, we're very sorry you're leaving," she said.

As they walked out, Clinton fired off statistics about how many votes she'south earned, boasting that she's one million more than Donald Trump and 2.5 million more than Sanders.

She committed the rest of her speech to drawing contrasts with Sanders, who she's mostly been sidelining in favor of hitting Republicans on national security and foreign policy. Clinton attacked him on everything from college affordability and healthcare to the economy and climate change.

In some of the strongest speech she'south used on her rival yet, Clinton said, "I'm telling you, people. We actually have to do something, not just complain!"

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