Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton caused the crowd to chant her name at a Friday evening speech, alternately praising the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, slamming Republicans and championing her candidacy as one that would protect access to abortion.
Clinton began her remarks by praising the Supreme Court's decision earlier that day. "This morning, love triumphed in the highest court in our land. Equality triumphed, America triumphed," she said, telling the crowd gathered at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Friday that it was "an emotional roller coaster of a day."
But despite the Court victory, Clinton sounded a cautious note. "Fear and hatred are far from finished," she said, according to the Washington Post.
President Obama delivered the eulogy for the Charleston, S.C., mass shooting victims earlier that day, and Americans are still working towards a more peaceful society, she said, before using that as a segue to slam Republicans.
"Sadly before the funeral of the nine murdered church-going faithful men and women were even finished, some Republicans in the Congress voted to stop the Center[s] for Disease Control from studying gun violence, said Clinton, according to Potomac Local. "How can you watch massacre after massacre and take that vote? That is wrong."
"Too many" of the Republican candidates didn't want to take the Confederate flag down, claimed Clinton, and they "seem determined to lead us right back into the past."
"Across the board, they are the party of the past," she said, causing the approximately 2,000 Virginia Democrats that had gathered to hear her to start chanting her name, reported the Washington Post.
Clinton said when Republicans are asked for new ideas they offer "tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer rules for Wall Street."
"Now if that sounds familiar, it's because those are exactly the same top down economic policies that failed us before," said Clinton.
While she spoke briefly about climate change, Clinton had a lot more to say about access to abortion.
Clinton referenced past Virginia state legislature bills introduced by Republicans: one that would have required abortion providers to have the same standards as hospitals, and another that would have required women to receive an ultrasound before an abortion. It later emerged that for early-week pregnancies, the ultrasound would have had to be performed transvaginally.
"Ask [Republicans] about women's reproductive health. They're likely to talk about defunding Planned Parenthood, or maybe they'll insist on forcing women to undergo some demeaning and invasive medical procedure, as was attempted right here in Virginia … we don't need any more leaders who shame or blame women, rather than respect our right to make our own decisions," Clinton said, according to Potomac Local.
The Washington Post reports that even Clinton's "recycled lines" brought vigorous cheers and applause from the Virginia Democrats she spoke to in a solidly-blue district of a 2016 battleground state.