Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hillary Clinton Rebukes Donald Trump, Shares Faith in Kansas City

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hillary Clinton Rebukes Donald Trump, Shares Faith in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hillary Clinton on Thursday rebuked Donald Trump's portrayal of the black community, and spoke extensively about her faith, describing her Christianity as oriented toward social justice.

The Democratic presidential nominee spoke to thousands in downtown Kansas City at the National Baptist Convention, the oldest black religious organization. Without naming him, Clinton pushed back against Trump's portrayal of black communities, which he has described in stark terms as besieged by problems.

"People who look at the African American community and see only poverty, crime and despair and missing so much," Clinton said, "they're missing the vibrancy of black-owned businesses, the excellence of historically black colleges and universities."

During a major speech on law and order last month, Trump said the Democratic Party had "failed and betrayed" the black community. He has repeatedly spoken of crime in major cities.

Less than a week after Trump, the GOP nominee, made the first trip of his campaign to a black church, Clinton spoke of a number of black churches she has visited. Her address, lasting about 30 minutes, sought to highlight her faith, which she has not always talked about in detail.

Speaking about her faith, Clinton said, is "something that doesn't always come naturally to a Midwestern Methodist." She said her family had instilled a "deep and abiding" Christian faith. She shared a memory of her father kneeling in prayer and quoted from scripture multiple times.

"I am grateful for the gift of personal salvation and the great obligation of the social gospel," Clinton said. "To use the gift of grace to reflect the love of God and follow the example of Jesus Christ."

Clinton was warmly received by the largely black audience. Jerry Young, the president of the National Baptist Association, praised the former secretary of state.

"What is encouraging to me is that her being here is not breaking news," Young said. …

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