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January 17, 2019

President Trump and Hillary Clinton to deliver speeches on Long Island Wednesday

May 25, 2018
Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the opening day of the state Democratic Party convention at Hofstra University. (Peter Hvizdak/AP)

ALBANY — It’s back to the future — or more realistically 2016 — on Wednesday as President Trump and the Democrat he defeated, Hillary Clinton, will both appear at events on Long Island.

Trump will be in Bethpage for a speech on immigration that is expected to focus on MS-13 gang violence.

The White House on Monday released a fact sheet called, “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIOLENT ANIMALS OF MS-13.”

Trump took heat last week when he used the word “animals” while discussing some people who enter the country illegally. Trump has said he was referring to the ultra-violent MS-13 gang and vowed to continue to use the phrase.

Meanwhile, Clinton will appear Wednesday at Hofstra University to deliver the keynote address at the opening day of the two-day state Democratic Party convention.

In a statement released by the party on Monday, Clinton, the former First Lady who represented the state in the U.S. Senate before becoming President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, took full aim at Trump and congressional Republicans.

“New York has led the way in fighting back against the divisive, hateful agenda of the ultra-conservatives in Washington and worked to create a fairer, more inclusive state for all,” Clinton said.

Trump raised eyebrows when he used the word “animals” to describe some people who enter the country illegally, in response to a comment about MS-13.
Trump raised eyebrows when he used the word “animals” to describe some people who enter the country illegally, in response to a comment about MS-13. (Pool/Getty Images)

She added that “working together we will elect more Democrats at every level of government to advance our shared progressive vision of equality and opportunity, and build a brighter future for generations to come.”

The state Democratic convention is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The state Republicans will be holding their party convention the same days in New York City.

Clinton is expected to formally endorse Cuomo over his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon, who like the governor, backed Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary. Cuomo was the housing secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

“I look forward to joining Governor Andrew Cuomo and all New Yorkers in my home state at this celebration of our Democratic values as we work to win back the U.S. House and elect a Democratic state Senate Majority in New York,” Clinton said.

Trump’s expected appearance in Nassau County on Wednesday on the same day state Democrats begin their nominating convention nearby hardly has the Dems concerned.

“We couldn’t have scripted this better,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer told the Daily News on Sunday. “This is a reminder of who the real threat is and why we all need to be standing together.”


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