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Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: "Basta!"

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Hillary Clinton had avoided going after Donald Trump by name. Until she spoke to a Latino audience Monday.

Asked about Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants on CNN last week, Clinton said she was "very disappointed" but didn't name-check The Donald. In a speech earlier Monday, she ripped top-tier Republican presidential rivals Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker. Trump, who has surged toward the top of the GOP leaderboard in polling, escaped her scorn.

But in a speech at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference in Kansas City late Monday, Clinton dropped the niceties.

"It was appalling to hear Donald Trump describe immigrants as drug dealers, rapists, and criminals," she said. "And when people and businesses everywhere rejected his hateful comments, did he apologize? No. He doubled down. It's shameful, and no one should stand for it."

Then she shifted into Spanish to deliver a final to the real estate mogul and former TV star.

"I have just one word for Mr. Trump: basta!" That means "enough."

Fellow Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, speaking before Clinton, took on Trump, too.

"Not Donald Trump, not anyone else will be successful in dividing us based on race or our country of origin," Sanders said. "Racism has plagued the United States since its inception."

Trump "should go back to the 1840s and run for the nomination of the Know Nothing Party," O'Malley said.

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