In one of the most powerful and effective speeches of her life, Hillary Clinton on Thursday conclusively demonstrated her readiness for the presidency and Donald Trump’s complete and dangerous unfitness for office.
Finally, here was the serious, knowledgeable, strong, steady would-be commander in chief that Trump resembles in no way, shape or form.
Here was the candidate who should win in a walk if she maintains her gravitas and gets attention equal to that given to every outrageous, contradictory or dishonest statement by Trump.
Trump has demonstrated consistent contempt for America’s most important alliances. He is on his way to insulting the nation’s way to a cold war with Mexico, has threatened to leave NATO and would back out of crucial security commitments around the world.
In dissecting his approach, Clinton chillingly repeated Trump’s words about the prospect of a war between Japan and North Korea, a war that could well go nuclear:
“If they do, they do. Good luck, enjoy yourself, folks.”
Clinton left no doubt that Trump — always reacting to the smallest insult with a full fusillade — would shred so much of the careful diplomacy that undergirds global stability, such as it is:
“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.”
A flip side of that contempt is Trump’s frequent, perverse affection for dictators.
As Clinton put it: “I don’t understand Donald’s bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen who have no love for America. He praised China for the Tiananmen Square massacre; he said it showed strength.
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“He said, ‘You’ve got to give Kim Jong Un credit’ for taking over North Korea — something he did by murdering everyone he saw as a threat, including his own uncle, which Donald described gleefully, like he was recapping an action movie. And he said if he were grading Vladimir Putin as a leader, he’d give him an A.”
While there is much from which to choose, Trump is perhaps scariest in his ignorant and cavalier approach to terrorism.
Devastatingly, Clinton pointed out that he has alternately offered giving ISIS free rein in Syria, proposed sending tens of thousands of U.S. troops to the Middle East, and refused to rule out using nuclear weapons against them.
“We can’t be certain which of these things he would do,” she said. “But we can be certain that he’s capable of doing any or all of them.”
Eviscerating Trump’s call to kill terrorists’ families, Clinton said, “During the raid to kill Bin Laden, when every second counted, our SEALs took the time to move the women and children in the compound to safety. Donald Trump may not get it, but that’s what honor looks like.”
After listening to Clinton, only the irrational will refuse to recognize that a President Trump would put America and the world at the mercy of an ill-informed man-child with an overpowering ego and an even larger temper.
As if on cue, during Clinton’s speech, the immature Mr. Trump tantrum-tweeted about her “reading poorly from the telepromter.”
False, but even if true, far better than swaggering the United States into disaster.
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