Hilary Clinton gave a major speech yesterday on the campaign trail in San Diego that emphasized her past political experience and sharply criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for being temperamentally unfit to become President and said he will take America down a truly dangerous path.
Trump has caused a stir on the international stage after he made a series of inflammatory statements about immigration and Muslims that led many people around the world to accuse the Republican candidate of racism and xenophobia.
In a June 2015 speech announcing his candidacy for the presidential nomination, Trump claimed the Mexican government is sending Mexicans to the U.S. and called these immigrants “rapists” who are bringing “drugs” and “crime.”
Trump later outlined a controversial plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants after initially exaggerating the number and claiming on July 24th that it could be 34 million, even though the number he cited is considered highly inflated.
Trump said that he will get the Mexican government to pay for a new border wall across the 1,989 mile long border separating the U.S. and Mexico although Mexican officials have rejected that proposal.
Following the December 2nd San Bernardino terrorist attack, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. and later doubled down on his controversial ban when questioned at length by reporters.
During a New Hampshire rally on December 1st Trump repeated the claim that “thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
However, fact checking with Politifact has shown that there were not thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks as Trump had claimed.
Trump’s Ideas Are “Dangerously Incoherent”
Hilary Clinton called Trump’s ideas “dangerously incoherent” and said they are a “series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.”
Although Trump is considered to be a successful businessman after operating casinos in the U.S. and a clothing line that outsourced jobs to China and Mexico, some of the recent comments he’s made about the economy show a lack of basic understanding about how the economy works.
Trump said the “real” unemployment rate in the U.S. is 42 percent, a figure that economists scoffed at and disputed.
The former reality star turned U.S. presidential candidate also claimed he can eliminate America’s $19 trillion national debt in only eight years even though economists insist it is simply not possible.
During an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on May 5th, Trump referred to himself as the “king of debt” and claimed that the “swashbuckling” tactic that he used renegotiating private debt as a businessman could also be applied with U.S. Treasuries.
Trump’s default proposal with U.S. sovereign debt was widely criticized across the financial community and would most certainly result in credit downgrades from credit agencies, leading to higher borrowing costs for the U.S. government.
Trump has said that he would remove Fed Chair Janet Yellen from her position as Fed Chair and tear up trade agreements that the U.S. has entered into with other countries.
Clinton criticized Trump for failing to see the complexity about how the world works.
“Donald doesn’t see the complexity. He wants to start a trade war with China. And I understand a lot of Americans have concerns about our trade agreements- – I do to. But a trade war is something very different” Clinton said.
“We went down that road in the 30’s. It made the Great Depression longer and more painful. Combine that with his comments about defaulting on our debt, and its not hard to see how a Trump presidency could lead to a global economic crisis” Clinton added.
ISIS In The Middle East
Clinton detailed a multi-layered approach towards dealing with ISIS in the Middle East that involves taking out ISIS strongholds across Iraq and Syria through intensified air campaigns and increasing support for Arab and Kurdish ground forces while pursuing diplomacy to end Syria’s civil war and closing Iraq’s sectarian divide with the support of U.S. allies.
Clinton rebuked some of the confusing and inconsistent statements Donald Trump has articulated about handling ISIS.
“He’s actually said- and I quote- ‘maybe Syria should be a free zone for ISIS.’ Oh, okay- let a terrorist group have control of a major country in the Middle East” Clinton remarked.
“Then he said we should send tens of thousands of American ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS. He also refused to rule out using nuclear weapons against ISIS, which would mean mass civilian casualties” Clinton continued.
Clinton admitted that Trump “doesn’t have a clue” what he’s talking about.
“Letting ISIS run wild. Launching a nuclear attack. Starting a ground war. These are all distinct possibilities with Donald Trump in charge” Clinton said.
Written By: John Schweitzer