US presidential elections: Clinton mocks Trump in front of his casino

Taking a dig at Donald Trump outside his hotel in Las Vegas yesterday, Hillary Clinton told a union rally that she doesn’t find Trump’s antics funny, since “someone who insults immigrants and women isn’t entertaining”

Las Vegas: Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump’s doorstep yesterday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to union members in front of Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas. Pic/AFP
Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to union members in front of Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas. Pic/AFP

The appearance at a rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union was a win-win for Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union while taking aim at the Democratic party’s favourite foil. The union, which represents casino and resort workers, is trying to organise hotel employees and invited all of the five candidates in town for the debate to the rally.

Clinton urged the workers to “say no to Donald Trump.”

“Some people say Donald Trump is entertaining. I don’t think it’s entertaining when someone insults immigrants, when someone insults women. If you are going to run for president, you need to represent all people of the United States, including hard-working people,” she added.

The union has been trying to organise the Trump hotel for more than a year, before the billionaire leapt to the front of the Republican field with tirades against illegal immigrants. The union says it was approached by some of the 500 restaurant workers and maids at the hotel who wanted representation.

“Mr Trump said, ‘Make America great. Trump workers say, ‘Start it here!’,” Maria Jaramillo, a housekeeper who’s worked at the hotel for six years, said at the rally.

Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump organisation and the presidential candidate’s son, said, “For years, the union in Las Vegas has been trying to unionise this hotel, and they have been incredibly unsuccessful. We have an incredible group of employees who have categorically rejected unionisation.

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