RALEIGH, N.C. a�� Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two wealthy one-percenters who inhabit parallel bubbles of New York privilege.
For Trump, the gross display of wealth is his gold-encrusted calling card. For Clinton, her Hamptons friends and multi-mansion lifestyle (she closed on a third house in Chappaqua for $1.16 million last month to widen her compound), have been a political liability as she struggles to credibly champion working-class voters.
But on the debate stage Monday and on the campaign trail in North Carolina on Tuesday, Clinton made a strategic shift to show her privilege as different from his: The Clintons came from nothing and lived the American dream; Trump, she said, was just born that way.
a�?Bill and I have been blessed,a�? Clinton said at a community college gymnasium here in Raleigh, speaking to a crowd of about 1,400 supporters, where she touted her plans for paid family leave and debt-free college. a�?We didna��t come from millionaire families. My husbanda��s father died before he was born.a�?
Clinton, who has made her own parentsa�� stories central to her campaign this cycle, rarely mentions William Jefferson Blythe, the traveling Arkansas salesman, killed in a car accident, who was Bill Clintona��s biological father, or Roger Clinton, the alcoholic stepfather who helped to raise him.
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