Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unleashed a brutal condemnation of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s hodge-podge of half-formed ideas and off-the cuff proclamations that he attempts to pass off as a legitimate policy proposals, rightfully trashing them for being preposterous and describing the choice between the two parties in unarguable clarity: “a choice between a fearful America that’s less secure and less engaged with the world and a strong, confident America that leads to keep our country safe and our economy growing.”
Delivering her speech with all the stoic professionalism that Trump lacks, Secretary Clinton said that “Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different, they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies. He is not just unprepared, he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”
“This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes, because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because someone got under his very thin skin. We cannot put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands, we cannot let him roll the dice with America.”
She then went on to ruthlessly mock Trump for some of his more ridiculous assertions, like how he understands the Russian Federation because he once hosted a Miss Universe contest there and he was once in the same room with dictator Vladimir Putin (he wasn’t); his contradictory calls to abandon our overseas allies and criticizing President Obama for not supporting them in the very next breath; to increase the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world, his heartless calls to murder the wives and children of Islamic militants, and that he is his own foreign policy adviser because he has a “very good brain.”
The constant flood of ignorance and absurdity that issues from the Trump camp has become so common-place that it’s important to take a step back and recognize just how far from reality he truly is – and how much of a threat that he poses to our stability and to the rest of the world: “He believes we can treat the U.S. economy like one of his casinos and default on our debts to the rest of the world, which would cause an economic catastrophe far worse than anything we experienced in 2008. He has said that he would order our military to carry out torture and the murder of civilians who are related to suspected terrorists – even though those are war crimes” said Secretary Clinton.
Worryingly, Clinton did not do anything to reassure liberals concerned about her own hawkishness, placing military action against Iran back on the table and doubling down on our unconditional support of Israel, whose government is leaning so far towards extremism that their own military leadership is extremely alarmed. Extrajudicial killings of Palestinians are on the rise, as are growing evidence that knives and other evidence are planted at the site of the killings to excuse murder. Israeli military courts prosecute anywhere between five to seven hundred children every year, holding teenagers in solitary confinement and subjecting them to cruel and unusual abuse. The new defense minister, a man so radical that Israelis are comparing him to – surprise – Trump, has just warned the Gaza Strip that another summer war is coming. The 2014 Gaza War left 2,200 civilians dead and another 10,000 wounded. Such behavior is not becoming of an ally of the United States, nor should it be tolerated by anyone who claims to stand for peace and democracy.
But at the end of the day, there is absolutely no doubt that Trump would be the worst President that our nation ever has or will see. Running on a campaign devoid of substance and openly proud of its lack of sophistication, a Trump presidency would doubtlessly plunge our nation – and the rest of the world with it – into chaos, and anyone would be preferable to the abrasive rabble-rouser currently leading the Republican Party.
Watch highlights of Secretary Clinton’s remarks here:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.