Hillary Clinton brands Donald Trump 'dangerous' and 'not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes'

Ms Clinton said the billionaire Republican's national security platform consisted of 'bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies'

Tim Walker
California
Friday 03 June 2016 17:35
Comments
Clinton and Trump step up war of words

Hillary Clinton has delivered her most forceful attack to date on her likely presidential election rival, calling Donald Trump dangerously thin-skinned and “temperamentally unfit” to occupy the Oval Office. In a major speech contrasting her foreign policy proposals with those of the presumptive Republican nominee, Ms Clinton described Mr Trump’s national security platform as a series of “bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”

The address to supporters in San Diego came at the start of a campaign swing through California ahead of the Golden State’s primary on Tuesday, 7 June, where Ms Clinton hopes finally to finish off her Democratic challenger, the progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. But her bullish remarks offered a taste of what looks set to be an unprecedentedly ugly general election campaign.

The former Secretary of State said the property mogul was “not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes,” adding: “It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”

Ms Clinton began her speech by framing the November election as “a choice between a fearful America that is less secure and less engaged with the world, and a strong America that leads to keep us safe and our economy going.”

Countering Mr Trump’s signature rhetorical arguments about building a wall along the US-Mexican border and making America “great again,” she said: “We are not a country that cowers behind walls… If you really believe America is weak, you don't know America and you certainly don’t deserve to lead it.”

The Democrat accused The Donald of having a “bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen” such as Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. “If Donald gets his way, they'll be celebrating in the Kremlin. We cannot let that happen,” she said.

Ms Clinton reeled off a list of her own foreign policy achievements and experience, including climate change negotiations with China and nuclear talks with Russia, as well as setting out her own plan to combat the Islamic State. Mr Trump, she claimed, “has no idea what he’d do to stop Isis,” adding that his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US would alienate America’s Middle Eastern allies and “play right into the hands of Isis.”

As the Clinton campaign moves slowly but surely towards the Democratic nomination, it has stepped up its attacks on Mr Trump, not least by highlighting his legal difficulties. Earlier this week, Ms Clinton described the billionaire Republican as a “fraud” who would “scam” Americans, just as he allegedly scammed the Trump University clients who have brought a lawsuit against him.

Positioning herself at minimum as a safe pair of hands, Ms Clinton said: “There’s no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf-course deal, but it doesn’t work like that in world affairs... The stakes in global statecraft are infinitely higher and more complex than in the world of luxury hotels.”

Mr Trump’s political tools, she went on, consist of “bragging, mocking [and] composing nasty tweets.” Sure enough, Mr Trump provided Twitter commentary on his rival’s speech, writing: “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the teleprompter [sic]! She doesn't even look presidential!”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in