Clinton skewers Trump


East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

Hillary Clinton turned a comer in her presidential campaign June 2, with a speech both humorous and blisteringly blunt, painting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as a loud-mouth, know-little braggart and bully.

Many called it the best speech yet by the almost-certain Democratic nominee. And Clinton did it largely by quoting some of the billionaire casino and golf course mogul's blurts in recent months.

She did it calmly, to an indoor crowd, rather than outdoors, where she often seems to shout rather than just talk.

The foreign policy talk was actually a mocking of and warning about the former reality show host's simplistic view of a complex world.

Excerpts from the 33-minute talk:

"Americans aren't just electing a President in November. We're choosing our next commander-in-chief... to decide questions of war and peace, life and death.

"And like many across our country and around the world, I believe the person the Republicans have nominated for president cannot do the job.

"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... imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.

"This is a man who said that more countries should have nuclear weapons, including Saudi Arabia.

"This is someone who has threatened to abandon our allies in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) —the countries that work with us to root out terrorists abroad before they strike us at home.

"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

"He says he doesn't have to listen to our generals or our admirals, our ambassadors and other high officials, because he has — quote — 'a very good brain.'

"He also said, 'I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.' You know what? I don't believe him

"He says he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia

"(E)ven if I weren't in this race, I'd be doing everything I could to make sure Donald Trump never becomes president — because I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path

"There's no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf-course deal. But... the stakes in global statecraft are infinitely higher and more complex than in the world of luxury hotels.

"We all know the tools Donald Trump brings to the table — bragging, mocking, composing nasty tweets — I'm willing to bet he's writing a few right now.

"But... rather than solving global crises, he would create new ones.

"He has no sense of what it takes to deal with multiple countries with competing interests and reaching a solution that everyone can get behind. In fact, he is downright contemptuous of that work. And that means he's much more likely to end up leading us into conflict

"And through all his loose talk, there's one constant theme: demonizing Muslims...

"His proposal to ban 1.5 billion Muslims from even coming to our country doesn't just violate the religious freedom our country was founded on. It's also a huge propaganda victory for ISIS.

"And it alienates the very countries we need to actually help us in this fight...

This isn't reality television — this is actual reality...

"(I)magine Donald Trump sitting in the Situation Room, making life-or-death decisions... deciding whether to send your spouses or children into battle. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he's angry, but America's entire arsenal.

"Do we want him making those calls — someone thin-skinned and quick to anger, who lashes out at the smallest criticism? Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?...

"(M)aking Donald Trump our commander-in-chief would be a historic mistake... It would set back our standing in the world more than anything in recent memory...

"I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State... our country represents something special, not just to us, to the world. It represents freedom and hope and opportunity.

"I love this country and I know you do too."

Contact Dave McNeely at or 512-458-2963.

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