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Clinton: Trump must condemn violence

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – Hillary Clinton said Friday that Donald Trump has “lowered the bar” with regard to keeping the peace at his rallies and creating an environment that encourages dialogue.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

CLINTON: Trump has “lowered the bar”

The likely Democratic nominee for president told CNN that the presumptive Republican nominee has “set a very bad example” by not condemning the violence increasingly associated with his rallies, whether by his own supporters or his opponents.

We must “condemn all violence in the political arena,” Clinton said.

Clinton once again hit Trump for the controversy surrounding his now-defunct Trump University, a real estate education program that some participants said made fraudulent promises, saying that the New York real estate mogul “preyed on people.”

He “has taken them by asking them to max out their credit cards, to appoint financial despair and walked away. So I will let the lawsuits go on,” Clinton said.

Trump University is the target of two lawsuits in San Diego and one in New York that accuse the business of fleecing students with unfulfilled promises to teach secrets of success in real estate. Trump has maintained that customers were overwhelmingly satisfied with the offerings.

During a rally Friday in Westminster, Calif., Clinton attacked Trump for saying the federal judge presiding over a case has a conflict of interest because he is “of Mexican heritage.”

“The judge is doing his job. That’s what he got appointed to do,” Clinton said. “And Donald Trump wants to change the subject like he does all the time. So instead of facing up to the facts that are coming out … he wants to change the subject and he is attacking a distinguished jurist.”

Clinton also joked that, if Trump got into the White House, “he’s going to Trump you!”

Just 70 delegates shy of clinching the Democratic nomination, Clinton now leads rival Bernie Sanders by 268 pledged delegates and her advantage grows with the superdelegates, party officials who can back any candidate. Both Clinton and Sanders were campaigning aggressively in California, which is among the states voting on Tuesday.

Sanders also dug into Trump’s views on climate change during a rally in Fairfield, where temperatures soared past 95 degrees in a state dealing with drought, saying Trump “concluded climate change is a hoax.”