Hillary Clinton is making a play for Utah, a state no Democratic presidential candidate has won in more than 50 years.
Clinton penned an op-ed for the Deseret News on Wednesday aimed at "Utah leaders," essentially targeting disaffected Mormon voters who have been turned off by Donald Trump. The Deseret News is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and provided the platform for Clinton to pitch Mormons on her fight to secure "religious freedom."
"I've been fighting to defend religious freedom for years," Clinton wrote in the op-ed. "As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world — from Coptic Christians in Egypt to Buddhists in Tibet."
Clinton touted her work alongside former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and encouraged Utahns to heed the words of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, "who said Trump 'fired before aiming' when he decided a blanket religious ban was a solution to the threat of terrorism." The Democratic nominee blasted Trump's Muslim ban and promoted a renewed push for comprehensive immigration reform in the op-ed.
"Every day, Trump continues to prove he lacks the morals to be our commander in chief," Clinton wrote. "Trump's Muslim ban would undo centuries of American tradition and values. To this day, I wonder if he even understands the implications of his proposal. This policy would literally undo what made America great in the first place."
Clinton's op-ed appeared to address the issue of religion in greater depth than she did during her Democratic primary fight against socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. She wrote about the "sacred responsibility" of the presidency and the "infinite blessings" of the Constitution as recognized by prominent Mormon leaders.
"Generations of LDS leaders, from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Gordon Hinckley and Thomas Monson, have noted the infinite blessings we have received from the Constitution of the United States," Clinton wrote.
"The next president will swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend that document for successive generations. And if you give me the honor to serve as your president, I will fight every day to carry out that sacred responsibility."
Clinton's op-ed targeting voters in a red state comes on the same day her campaign rolled out a new effort to enlist a growing number of disaffected Republicans to join her cause.