Hillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy

Hillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE after he struck out at four progressive congresswomen of color during a rally Wednesday night.

“Democracy may be our birthright as Americans, but it’s not something we can ever take for granted. Every generation has to fight for it,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted. “After last night's Trump rally, it's clearer than ever that the time has come again.”

Trump at the rally in North Carolina hammered Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNorth Dakota GOP state lawmaker shares debunked photo, calls Omar a 'terrorist' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-Mich.).

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“They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘hey if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave,’” Trump said. “They’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this — you know what, if they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”

Several members of the crowd chanted “send her back” during the middle of a diatribe against Omar, who came to the country as a refugee from Somalia. 

Several Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020 also slammed the president over the chants, with many suggesting he was exploiting racial divisions to propel his reelection effort.

The remarks were the latest development in a feud that began Sunday when Trump suggested that the four congresswomen, known as “the squad,” should go back to the “crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S. and all four are citizens. 

Clinton and Trump fought a bitter campaign in 2016 that was characterized by personal broadsides and chants of “lock her up” from Trump voters, referring to Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State.