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In Overland Park visit, Chelsea Clinton accuses GOP of ‘sexism, racism, jingoism’

Chelsea Clinton in Overland Park, Kan., Wednesday (Dave Helling/Kansas City Star)
Chelsea Clinton in Overland Park, Kan., Wednesday (Dave Helling/Kansas City Star)

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accused Republicans of engaging in “hate speech” in a talk to area supporters Wednesday.

Appearing at Clinton headquarters in Overland Park — ahead of the Mar. 5 Kansas caucuses — Clinton said she found the “normalization of hate speech on the Republican side” to be troubling.

“The sexism, the racism, the misogyny, the jingoism, the Islamaphobia, the anti-immigrant rhetoric,” she said.

After her speech, Clinton was asked if she was referring to any specific Republican presidential candidate. She did not name anyone.

“Even when individual Republicans have said things, most of the other Republicans haven’t stood up to that,” she said. “If you’re silent, you’re effectively condoning, or certainly bypassing an opportunity, to make a different case.”

About 125 people attended the rally, held at the Clinton headquarters at 87th and Grant in Overland Park. Clinton was expected to attend a fund-raiser later in the afternoon, then travel to Nebraska.

She spoke for about half an hour, sitting in a chair because of her pregnancy. She is married to Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker.

She demonstrated a Clinton-esque ability to answer questions confidently, firmly — and in some detail.

One audience member asked Clinton for the “elevator” speech, a quick 30-second summary supporters could use to promote Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

“I have two thoughts on that,” Chelsea Clinton answered, launching into an answer that lasted three minutes.

The Clinton campaign is clearly ramping up in Kansas and Missouri. Later Wednesday the campaign was expected to open an office in Kansas City, Mo., with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Mayor Sly James in attendance.