Clinton hammers Trump for criticizing retired general
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Bill Clinton hospitalized with sepsis We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE on Saturday responded to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE blasting a retired Marine general who criticized him during the Democratic National Convention last week.


During a rally in Johnstown, Pa., Clinton hammered Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, for disrespecting anyone who criticizes him.

“He loses his cool at the slightest provocation,” she said. “Just yesterday he went after retired Gen. John Allen, who commanded our troops in Afghanistan.

“Gen. Allen is a distinguished Marine,” Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, continued. “A hero and a patriot. Donald Trump called him a failed general. Why? Because he does not believe Donald Trump should be commander in chief.”

On Thursday, Allen, who headed coalition forces in Afghanistan, made the case for electing Clinton at the Democratic convention, blasting Trump for seeking to undermine NATO and for his call to waterboard terror suspects and kill their families.

"Our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture, and they will not be ordered to engage in murder or carry out other illegal activities," he said.

Trump lashed out at Allen in response on Friday, calling him a “failed general.”

“He was the general fighting ISIS. I would say he hasn't done so well, right? Not so well,” Trump said.

On Saturday, Clinton pointed to Trump’s response as evidence that he isn’t fit to lead the country.

“Our commander in chief shouldn’t insult and deride our generals, retired or otherwise,” she said. “That really should go without saying, but I’m going to respond on behalf of Gen. Allen to those kinds of insults.”