Clinton: Trump confuses leadership and dictatorship
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE invoked the Soviet Union in describing a potential Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE presidency at an Ohio rally Monday night, accusing her presidential rival of having a "weird fascination with dictators like Vladimir Putin.”


The Democratic nominee bashed Trump's relationship with the Russian president — he's regularly praised Putin on the stump, and his campaign has been connected to pro-Russian actors in Europe — during a Monday night rally in Akron.

"He gets confused between leadership and dictatorship. He has a hard time remembering who our friends are and who are adversaries are. He has a weird fascination with dictators like” Putin, she said. 

"We have a lot of people living in this part of Ohio who, either themselves, their parents, or grandparents, came from countries that were under the yoke of oppression. And we are never going to let that happen again."

She went on to argue that Trump "basically signs up for Putin's wish list," a possible nod to reports that his campaign pushed to soften language in the GOP platform condemning Russia for its incursion into Ukraine. 

And she chided Trump for being "cavalier about nuclear weapons" in arguing that he wouldn't mind if countries like Japan and South Korea developed those weapons.  

It's not the first time a top Democrat has evoked the oppression in Soviet Russia while describing Trump. In August, Vice President Biden said Trump would have loved Josef Stalin — the brutal Soviet dictator under whose reign millions of Russians died.