The candidate took a break from her usual speech slamming Donald Trump and gave a rare glimpse into her religious faith Thursday.
Hillary Clinton spent the morning savaging Donald Trump as unfit to serve as commander in chief. She spent the evening presenting herself as the only religious candidate in a 2016 election that has utterly redrawn the usual partisan battle lines. Making the case here on Thursday night to the annual session of the National Baptist Convention — a largely African American Christian denomination — that her faith has guided her since she spent her youth watching her father pray and her mother teach Sunday School, the Democratic nominee framed her task ahead as “transforming love into action.” Clinton, speaking to a cavernous convention hall audience, reminisced about her childhood minister taking her white suburban church group into inner-city Chicago to see black churches and, once, to listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a far cry from her usual half-hour Trump attack plan. “I remember hearing Dr. King preach one of those well-known sermons, ’Staying Awake During the Revolution,’” she said, leading up to the crescendo of her uncharacteristically personal speech. “And then I stood in line along with everyone in that big hall just to shake his hand and look into his eyes. His words, the power of his example, affected me deeply and added to the lessons of my minister to face the world as it is, not as we might want it to be, but to commit ourselves to turning it into what it should be.” “So, thanks to my family and my church,” she said, “I embraced a social activist faith, a ‘roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty’ faith.”
Read more. This appears to be part of a concerted effort to soften her image. As Politico put it:
Clinton’s team is mounting a newfound effort to present its candidate in a more positive — more human — light. And if she can peel off faith voters skeptical of Trump’s religious bona fides, so much the better. On Thursday, that included a post on the Humans of New York website, where a disarmingly candid Clinton acknowledged that many perceive her as cold or aloof.