By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
Bill Clinton defended his wife Hillary on the trust issue calling the lingering controversy over the email scandal the “biggest load of bull” he’s ever heard.
The former President was one of four featured speakers at an Asian American Pacific Islander Presidential Forum held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas Friday.
Also speaking were Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes who represented Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Organizers tried to wrap up Clinton from speaking when he refused to leave the stage and insisted on taking an additional audience question.
That question from Ti Hua Chang, a longtime reporter from New York and last year’s AAJA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, asked how voters could trust his wife, after FBI Director James Comey said the Democratic candidate was “extremely careless in handling very sensitive and highly classified information” although concluding that prosecutors should not bring charges.
“This is the biggest load of bull I ever heard,” the possible future First Husband said. He pointed to endorsements from former Republican National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and the assistant to General Colin Powell.
“These are people who spent an entire lifetime advancing national security,” he said.
Clinton also said his wife would propose a “comprehensive immigration reform” package within the first 100 days in office if elected.
“There are too many families who worry every single day if they will be broken up,” he said.
Reyes, who was introduced as the highest ranking Filipino American in law enforcement in the country, defended Trump against criticism from AAPIs of his support of a ban on immigration from the Philippines. Reyes said Trump would welcome law-abiding Filipinos into the United States.
Stein said “by all means” she would nominate an Asian American Supreme Court justice.” She also called for a “green new deal” that would create millions of jobs that would reduce toxic pollution and save the country millions on health care.
Johnson said there would be no new taxes during his administration, but flubbed a question from NBC’s Richard Lui about what AAPI stood for.
The AAPI Forum was organized by APIA Vote and the Asian American Journalists Association. It was attended by approximately 2,000 members of some 15 AAPI groups.
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