Democratic frontrunner attacks Trumps personal feuds and outright lies in blistering speech that questions GOP candidates suitability for the White House
Hillary Clinton has lacerated Donald Trumps fitness to lead the United States in a tour-de-force assault on his record and temperament, branding him too dangerous and unstable to be entrusted with nuclear codes and warning of economic crisis if he were to reach the White House.
The Democratic frontrunner and former secretary of state made the sobering yet blistering assault in a speech in San Diego on Thursday which sought, in effect, to disqualify the Republican presumptive nominee as a valid candidate.
Donald Trumps ideas arent just different, theyre dangerously incoherent. Theyre not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies, she said. He is not just unprepared. He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.
Flanked by US flags for the widely trailed address, Clinton said a Trump presidency could lead to catastrophe. He should not have the nuclear codes because its very easy to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because someone got under his very thin skin. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.
Speaking on the eve of primary elections that are expected to push Clinton past the threshold of delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination, signalling the official start of the general election, Clinton made a tacit plea to independents and moderate Republicans, saying Trump denigrated US power even when Ronald Reagan was president.
With Bernie Sanders threatening to spoil her nomination glory by winning California, the speech also served as an appeal to Democrats to unite against the real foe. We cant put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trumps hands. As president, she said, I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path.
She continued: Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the situation room making life or death decisions on behalf of the United States. Do we want him making those calls? Someone thin-skinned and quick to anger. Do we want his finger anywhere near the button? Making Donald Trump our commander-in-chief would be a historic mistake.
The former first lady deconstructed Trumps policy positions as a recipe for alienating allies, emboldening enemies and coddling dictators. Clinton pointed out how Trump had alienated allies such as the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the president of Mexico and Pope Francis.