"It is just so impossible to imagine people running for president can be saying what they’re saying — inciting violence between and among Americans," Clinton said. "I will go anywhere anytime and meet with anybody to find common ground."
In this, her adopted home state, Clinton has leaned heavily on the "New York values" of diversity and inclusion that she has said are in opposition to Trump and other Republicans.
She reflected on the women's rights movement which was birthed in Seneca Falls, N.Y. — one reason, she told her supporters, that the New York primary is so important to her.
"When I think about the sacrifices of the suffragettes, when I think about the sacrifices of the leaders of the civil rights movement, when I think about the sacrifices of those who were trying to form unions against extraordinary, violent protests, when I think about what all these Americans did starting in the 19th and going into the 20th Century, to make a very simple claim on the idea that we are all created equal, we all have a right to live liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we all have a stake in America," Clinton said. "That ultimately is what this election is about."
Clinton criticized Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for suggesting a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and special patrols on Muslim neighborhoods.
Clinton has also sought to use Trump and New York’s diversity to make a sweeping case that the primary — and the election as a whole — is about a choice between her vision for the future and Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
"I am so proud of New York,” Clinton said. “Lady liberty stands in our harbor, we are a city of immigrants, a state of immigrants, and a nation of immigrants."
Clinton listed a litany of issues, including equal pay for women, paid family leave, abortion right and gay rights, that she would seek to protect and advance as president. And she noted that Republicans "truly want to strip us of the rights we already have."
"Practically everything I’ve said is opposed by the Republicans," Clinton said. "They don’t think we need to be raising the minimum wage. Donald trump says wages are too high in America right now!"
Of course, Clinton is still running in a Democratic primary against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Sanders was something of an afterthought in Clinton's remarks.
In fact, Clinton painted Sanders as out of touch with Democratic values on issues like abortion and on gun control.
At the campaign event in Midtown Manhattan, where she was joined by a slate of female lawmakers including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Clinton hit both Trump and Sanders simultaneously on the issue of abortion.
She criticized Trump for suggesting that women should be punished for seeking abortions and Sanders for suggesting that Trump’s comments were a distraction.
“When Trump said what he said about punishing women, I was appalled,” Clinton said. “That was a core issue.”
“When my opponent in this primary said it was a distraction and he wanted to talk about the real issues, I was appalled again."
And minutes after former representative Gabby Giffords, who is a victim of gun violence, introduced her, Clinton criticized Sanders for failing to support victims who are seeking to sue gun manufacturers.
"Senator Sanders talks a lot about the greed and recklessness on Wall Street," Clinton said. "What about the greed and recklessness of the gun manufacturers?"