Bill and Hillary Clinton Complete California Campaign Swing

The Associated Press

Bill and Hillary Clinton wrapped up an extended weekend-long campaign swing through California on Saturday, during which the Democratic presidential frontrunner and the former president separately criss-crossed the state to drum up support ahead of the June 7 primary.

Hillary Clinton was in Oakland on Friday, where she visited her campaign field office and met with volunteers before heading to a rally in a school gymnasium. At the rally, Clinton took aim at her likely rival in the general election, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

“[Trump] doesn’t think much of equal pay for women, because he doesn’t think much of women,” Clinton told the hundreds of supporter in attendance, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Oakland rally capped a busy week on the campaign trail for Clinton. On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign opened its first field office in Los Angeles, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and labor activist Dolores Huerta on hand for the groundbreaking. On Thursday, Clinton held a large Cinco de Mayo rally at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, where she called for comprehensive immigration reform and repeatedly criticized Trump. The rally was protested by Latino groups and supporters of fellow Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders.

Clinton also met with local leaders at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and attended a fundraiser hosted by Democrat Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar.

Also on Friday, Clinton attended a Bay Area fundraiser with actress Elizabeth Banks and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton delivered the commencement address at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he reportedly avoided discussing the presidential race and focused instead on an inspirational message for graduates.

“The last few years have seen an amazing explosion of economic, social and political empowerment,”Clinton said, according to the Daily Breeze. “They have also laid bare the power of persistent inequalities, political and social instability and identity politics based on the simple proposition that our differences are all that matter.”

Bill Clinton was in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday for a policy-focused stump speech on behalf of his wife’s campaign. The former president also attended a pricey fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of Sandy and Laura Michelman on Friday.

Hillary Clinton is not currently scheduled to return to California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary, though campaign officials and supporters will host a series of fundraisers and small gatherings over the next month.

On May 13, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe will host supporters for a fundraiser co-hosted by LGBT for Hillary. Also that night, actress Meredith Baxter will host a fundraiser for the Clinton campaign at her home in Santa Monica, along with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and actress Lily Tomlin.

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