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Hillary Clinton: ‘We Are Going to Break the Celluloid Ceiling’

Hillary Clinton once again devoted a part of her speech on Friday to attacking Donald Trump, refuting his contention that she made up some of his quotes she used to mock him.

“I didn’t make any of that up,” she said at a rally in Culver City. “It would be hard to make that up.”

On Thursday, Clinton delivered a speech on national security in which she drew heavily on Trump’s own quotes to show what a risk it would be to have him as president.

“He says he has foreign-policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia,” Clinton said.

Trump tweeted about Clinton’s San Diego speech, “In Crooked Hillary’s teleprompter speech yesterday, she made up things that I said or believe, but have no basis in fact. Not honest!”

At the Culver City event at West Los Angeles College tied to Women for Hillary, Clinton was joined by Hollywood celebrities, elected officials and labor and community activists, including Elizabeth Banks, Sally Field, Sophia Bush, Mary Steenburgen and Debra Messing. Samantha Ronson served as DJ.

A number of her surrogates also delivered sharp attacks on Trump. Messing called him a “reckless bigot and misogynist,” while Banks got in a few digs at Trump University.

“He ran a university. It no longer exists. He had a TV show. It no longer exists. He had hair …” she said to laughs.

Clinton made a reference to the Los Angeles Film Festival, noting that she heard that about half of the directors with films there were women.

“We are moving towards answering the age old question, ‘Are Americans ready for a women director?” The comment drew laughs.

She said that “we are going to break the celluloid ceiling. Then, starting next Tuesday we are on our way to breaking the highest and hardest ceiling.”

Clinton and President Bill Clinton are campaigning through Monday in California, which holds its presidential primary on June 7. Recent polls show that Clinton is in a tight race in the state with Bernie Sanders. But she could pass the threshold to clinch the nomination earlier on Tuesday, when results will come in from other primary states like New Jersey.

Sanders wasn’t mentioned at all at Friday’s event.

Several of the celebrities addressed a double standard that exists between female and male candidates.

Steenburgen, a longtime friend of Clinton’s from their days in Arkansas, said that men don’t face the same criticism when they “think before they speak.” With women, she said, candidates can be called “calculated.” That had been a word used to attack Clinton.

Field mocked all the attention paid to whether Clinton was “likable.”

“Over the past month I have heard the word ‘likability’ used so frequently — how Hillary Clinton is not likable. How she is cold or shrill or opportunistic or not someone you would want to have a beer with. What is this? A high school popularity contest?” she said. “She is not running to be everybody’s friend. She is running to be the president of the United States at a critical time in human history.”

She said that what is needed is a “a president who is smart, strong, wise, experienced.”

She refuted the idea that women candidates had to be “nice.”

“We don’t need sugar and spice and everything nice,” she added. “We do need kindness. We do need generosity. And these qualities are not the same as being likable.”

Clinton spoke only for about 12 minutes, and is scheduled to appear at events later in the day in Garden Grove, Santa Ana and San Bernardino. On Monday, she and her husband are expected at a fundraising concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz, with Ricky Martin, Stevie Wonder, Andra Day and Christina Aguilera scheduled to perform. Sanders will hold a concert that same night in San Francisco, with Dave Matthews, Fantastic Negrito, Fishbone and John Dexter Stewart on the bill, along with Cornel West, Shailene Woodley and Danny Glover.

“If all goes well … I will be the Democratic nominee on Tuesday,” Clinton predicted.

Among those in the crowd at the Culver City  rally was former California governor Gray Davis. He questioned Trump ‘s claim that he will make California competitive in the general election. The Golden State has not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

“I can’t think of a worse strategy to carry California than to criticize immigrants from Mexico — and these are his words, as ‘rapists’ and ‘murderers.’ So building a wall, all that stuff, only antagonizes our international neighbor to the south, Mexico,” Davis said.

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