The presumptive democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, stopped at the Illinois capitol Wednesday and gave a very direct nod to Abraham Lincoln while up on stage.
Clinton spoke from the same lectern where Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech more than 150 years ago. She said America is not at the level of crisis Lincoln dealt with. But, she said the country is at another critical point where it needs to come together before falling apart.
Clinton addressed the violence involving black men and police directly, including calling for stricter gun regulations. She said the country must listen to people who say black lives matter, but also said police need to be an equal part of the discussion.
Clinton said if the country can’t openly discuss its racial history and conflicts, victims will continue to pile up.
“Alton Sterling and Philando Castille are just the latest in a long and painful litany of African Americans dying after encounters with police officers,” said Clinton.
Clinton also challenged Trump several times in her speech. She claims his campaign has pitted Americans against each other and called Trump dangerous. She painted a grim picture of a Trump presidency where he would have agencies, including the IRS and military to attack his enemies.