MINNEAPOLIS — Hillary Clinton acknowledged on Tuesday that businessman Donald Trump appears to be headed toward the Republican presidential nomination.
"Obviously, he's done very well. He could be on the path,” Clinton said while campaigning at Mapps Cafe, a local coffee shop here. "Maybe somebody else could intervene and rise above that.”
Clinton has increasingly turned her attention to Trump, decrying his comments about immigrants and Muslims as divisive.
“I’m just speaking out against bigotry and bullying wherever I hear it,” Clinton told reporters. “And I hear a lot of it from the Republican candidates.”
This week, after Trump apparently received an endorsement from David Duke, a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klansman, Clinton said she was “disappointed” that Trump did not reject the endorsement outright.
"I was very disappointed that he did not disavow what appears to be support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan,” Clinton told reporters. "That is exactly the kind of statement that should be repudiated upon hearing it."
"We can't let organizations and individuals that hold deplorable views about what it means to be an American to be given any credence at all,” Clinton said. "So I'm going to continue to speak out against bigotry wherever I see it or hear about it.”
Clinton made two stops at Mapps Cafe and at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, with the state's Gov. Mark Dayton, greeting patrons and urging them to caucus for her.
“I need your help tonight,” Clinton said. "I work really hard for you."
Clinton was briefly confronted by a young Somali-American woman who asked about Clinton’s relationship with the Somali community as well as about comments Clinton had made in 1996 in which she described young people accused of crimes as “super Predators.”
The brief encounter was nearly inaudible, but as the conversation came to an end Clinton told the woman: "Why don't you run for something?" The woman then left the coffee shop hastily.
Aides to Clinton confirmed that the confrontation occurred and noted that in an earlier visit to Minneapolis, Clinton met with members of the Somali-American community and has also received support from many in the black community.
Later on Tuesday Clinton is expected to travel to Florida, where she will host a campaign victory party in a state that will be politically important later in the month. Florida will award 214 delegates on March 15.
Asked how she thinks she’ll do in all the Super Tuesday contests, Clinton said, “I don’t know.”
"We're working hard everywhere, and I know it is hard,” Clinton said. "And I think that all we can do is hope people turn out for the primaries and the caucuses, and we'll do as well as we can.”