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Clinton Hits Kasich For "Leave A Tip" Comment, But Made A Similar Comment Last Year

Clinton tweeted (in Spanish) that "talking about Latin Americans doesn't always mean talking about tips," but once assumed that the employees at a black tie event she attended were undocumented immigrants.

Posted on September 18, 2015, at 6:28 p.m. ET

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Hillary Clinton, who on Friday criticized John Kasich for comments he made suggesting that Latinos tend to work in the service industry, made comments last year expressing a similar sentiment.

According to an MSNBC story from November 2014, Clinton suggested that the waitstaff and cooks at a black-tie event at the New York Historical Society were undocumented immigrants, saying that she would "venture to guess" that President Obama's executive action on immigration, which protects millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, was about "the people who served us tonight."

"This is about people's lives," Clinton said. "This is about, I would venture to guess, the people who served us tonight, who prepared our food tonight."

Clinton took to Twitter on Friday to criticize Kasich, who according to the Los Angeles Times said at a luncheon in California on Thursday, "A lot of them do jobs that they're willing to do and, uh, that's why in the hotel you leave a little tip."

According to the Los Angeles Times, he apparently meant the remark as a complement and said it before telling a story about a Hispanic worker at a Los Angeles hotel leaving him a note to say, "I really want you to know that I care about your stay."

Clinton responded with a tweet in Spanish:

Otro producto del Partido de Trump—@JohnKasich. Hablar sobre los latinos no solo quiere decir hablar de propinas.

The tweet calls Kasich "another product of the Party of Trump" and argues that "talking about Latin Americans doesn't always mean talking about tips."