Clinton marks March on Washington: 'Something is profoundly wrong'
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE is marking the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington with a call to action, saying too many Americans still face systemic racism and "constant assaults on their franchise.”

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“In 2016, we’ve come a long way since the days of Jim Crow,” Clinton said in a statement late Saturday.

“Something is profoundly wrong when decades after Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.] addressed the nation, so many Americans still feel that their country values them less, simply because of the color of their skin,” she said.

“That’s just one reason why the stakes in this election are unlike any we have faced before. Those brave men and women who marched, and sat, and bled for civil rights in America must not have done so in vain.”

Clinton said she will stand up to “bluster and bigotry” as president and “fight back against efforts to restrict access to the ballot."

"Let’s make it easier for people to vote, not harder,” she said.

Clinton called for at least 20 days of in-person voting in every state and said no one should have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast their ballot.

She also said she wants to automatically register every American to vote on their 18th birthday.

“The power of American democracy comes from the fact that no one is left behind – no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they love. That’s what I mean when I say that we’re stronger together,” she said.

“So today, let’s continue to be inspired by the self-evident truths that first united our nation, and live up to what a young minister dreamed and declared fifty-three years ago.”