Kansas City Mayor Sly James said Sunday that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is using “hyperbolic speech” to appeal to an angry electorate and advance his presidential campaign.
“He is using their anger in order to to divide this country and set up his own power base,” James said here in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines.
The Kansas City Democrat made the statement at a party organized by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. James watched the Democratic debate with more than a dozen prominent African American politicians, including Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta.
James, Reed, and several other big-city mayors criss-crossed Iowa Sunday and will do so again Monday, on Clinton’s behalf.
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Iowa remains a concern for the Clinton campaign. She aggressively criticized opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders in Sunday’s debate, a sign that the front-runner may fear an early setback in the first caucus state.
Some observers think Clinton could lose the caucuses here and the primary in New Hampshire, two defeats that would cause major headaches for her effort.
James said Clinton’s experience was an important factor in his endorsement. “I align with her on virtually everything she’s doing,” he said.
He contrasted Clinton’s approach with Trump’s. “Leaders don’t divide people,” James said. “Leaders bring people together in order to attack problems. That’s why I like Hillary Clinton.”
Trump is expected to campaign in Iowa Tuesday.