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Clinton calls for ‘love and kindness’ in SC victory speech

Hillary Clinton kept her eye on the general election during her South Carolina primary victory speech, bashing GOP front-runner Donald Trump right off the bat.

{mosads}”Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again — America hasn’t stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again,” she said Saturday in South Carolina, mocking Trump’s campaign slogan.  

“Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show, by everything we do, that we really are in this together.”

The former secretary of State appeared passionate as she worked to rally her supporters with an optimistic message, likely looking to counter Trump’s tone. She called for “more love and kindness” while working the crowd of supporters into cheers. 

Clinton appears poised to win the Palmetto State by an overwhelming margin over Bernie Sanders. She only briefly mentioned Sanders, congratulating him on his campaign, but repeated her regular implicit attack: “America isn’t a single-issue country. My friends, we need more than just a plan for the biggest banks.”

Her victory comes thanks in large part to an enormous margin of victory with black voters. MSNBC analysis of exit polls showed that she won 87 percent of the black vote, and Clinton devoted a significant portion of her stump to racial justice issues, as well as police-involved shootings of young black men and the environmental issues in Flint, Mich. 

“Breaking down all the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism,” she said.  

“More than a half a century after Rosa Parks sat, Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, we have to invest in communities of color, reform our broken criminal justice and immigration system, we have to guarantee dignity opportunity and justice.”

Clinton’s victory will give her a jolt in momentum heading into Super Tuesday states, where she is also poised for a wave of victories among electorates with strong black populations. 

“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” she said. 

“We are going to compete for every vote in every state, we are not taking anything and not taking anyone for granted.” 

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