Unlikely alliances formed opposing Hillary Clinton in Springfield, Illinois, Wednesday as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee addressed an invitation-only crowd.
Addressing an invitation-only crowd in Springfield for the second time in less than six months, Clinton talked about unifying the nation against racial tensions. She quoted Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of her speech.
Outside, William Lohman of Sherman — with a sign declaring Clinton a liar in tow — stated that there is a disconnect.
“This is a town for Honest Abe, and then we bring the biggest liar in the country to this town and she invites special people,” he said. “This is the second time she’s invited her people — doesn’t even allow the public to come in.”
Lohman said he’s upset about the lack of accountability in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks and for the former secretary of state’s handling of her personal email server, which contained classified information.
During the speech, Hillary Clinton emphasized her desire to grow the country’s economy and criticized her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
Joseph Katalinich, of Springfield, was wearing a shirt that displayed the words “Clinton for Prison.”
“I don’t like the idea of anyone going to prison, but I believe that if you want to consider her for anything it would be prison, definitely, over presidency,” he said.
Katalinich, who supports Trump, criticized Clinton’s proposed policies on immigration and health care.
Angel Sides of Springfield campaigned for Clinton’s primary opponent, Bernie Sanders. She said she feels betrayed by Sanders’ recent support of Clinton.
“I’m kind of feeling burnt,” she said. “Instead of ‘feeling the Bern,’ I’m feeling burnt.”
Sides also said she believes voter fraud in several states was overlooked because of Clinton’s influence.