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Hillary Clinton mocks Donald Trump in front of his casino

Published 13/10/2015

Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Las Vegas. (AP)
Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Las Vegas. (AP)

Hillary Clinton has visited Donald Trump's doorstep to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

The appearance at a boisterous rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas was a double win for Ms Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union while taking aim at the Democratic party's favourite foe.

The union, which represents casino and resort workers, is trying to organise hotel employees and invited all of the five candidates in town for the debate to the rally.

Ms Clinton was the only one who showed up, clad in a red outfit that matched the crimson union shirts. She urged the workers to "say No to Donald Trump".

"Some people say Donald Trump is entertaining," the Democratic presidential favourite said. "I don't think it's entertaining when someone insults immigrants, when someone insults women.

"If you are going to run for president, you need to represent all people of the United States, including hard-working people."

The union has been trying to gain representation at the Trump hotel for more than a year, before the billionaire leapt to the front of the Republican field with tirades against illegal immigrants. The union said it was approached by some of the 500 restaurant workers and maids at the hotel who wanted representation.

"Mr Trump said, 'Make America great'," Maria Jaramillo, a housekeeper who has worked at the hotel for six years, said at the rally. "The Trump workers say, 'Start it here'."

Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump organisation and the presidential candidate's son, said workers at the hotel are largely happy.

"For years the union in Las Vegas has been trying to unionise this hotel, and they have been incredibly unsuccessful," he said. "We have an incredible group of employees who have categorically rejected unionisation."

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