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Clinton: Trump ‘temperamentally unfit’ for White House

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Hillary Clinton launched a ferocious attack on Donald Trump on Thursday, warning that he was fundamentally unsuited to serve as the nation’s commander in chief, in one of the most pointed attacks yet of the 2016 presidential campaign. 

“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different; they are dangerously incoherent,” the former secretary of State said in a speech in San Diego. “They aren’t even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”

{mosads}“He is not just unprepared — he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility,” the Democratic front-runner said.

“Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the Situation Room, making life or death decisions on behalf of the United States,” she added.

“Imagine him 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?” Clinton said, flanked by no fewer than 19 American flags. “Someone thin skinned and quick to anger, who lashes out at the smallest criticisms? Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?”

Clinton’s speech on Thursday was the most direct attacks on Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience since the real estate mogul became the presumptive GOP nominee last month.

Her remarks were laden with contempt for Trump’s vision of America’s role in the world, in an effort to enfeeble the presumptive GOP nominee and his repeated boasts. The former secretary of State has made clear that she feels her decades of experience around the levers of powers in Washington are a clear advantage over Trump, especially as concerns mount about global terrorism with the persistent threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Americans aren’t just electing a president in November; we’re choosing our next commander-in-chief, a person we count on to answer questions of war and pace, life and death,” she said. “The person the Republicans have nominated for president cannot do the job.”

Trump has warned of the “false song of globalism,” and his self-described “America first” foreign policy is deeply skeptical of “international unions that tie us up and bring America down.”

However, he has repeatedly failed to offer specifics about his plans to combat ISIS, regain global economic leverage and “make America great again.”At the same time, he has proposed radical steps on national security and foreign policy, including a temporary ban on all foreign Muslims entering the United States, potential withdrawal from international organizations such as NATO and suggestions that Japan, South Korea and other nations acquire nuclear weapons. In other cases, he has proposed possible war crimes, such as targeting the families of suspected terrorists and employing forms of torture “much worse” than waterboarding.

The suggestions have unnerved even some fellow Republicans, who have worried that the policies would sacrifice America’s status as a world leader.

Trump’s positions have given Democrats such as Clinton broader leeway to dismiss all of his foreign policy points, even those shared across the Republican Party, such as criticism of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.

“Donald Trump doesn’t know the first thing about Iran or its nuclear program,” Clinton said on Thursday, while claiming to have laid the diplomatic path to the agreement’s adoption. “Ask him. It’ll become very clear very quickly.

“You know, there’s no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf course deal — but it doesn’t work like that in world affairs .”

Trump appeared unnerved by the speech, and took to Twitter twice to bemoan that “Crooked Hillary” “no longer has credibility” and “doesn’t even look presidential!”

Yet Clinton appeared ready for the criticism, noting that “composing nasty tweets” was one of his limited number of skills.

“I’m willing to bet he’s writing a few right now,” she quipped, as Trump was firing off his messages.

At the same time, however, Republicans hinted earlier in the day that they would respond to the criticism from Democrats by pointing to the widening criticism surrounding Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

The “homebrew” email setup jeopardized U.S. secrets, Republicans claimed, undercutting her national security bona fides.

“Hillary Clinton endangered our national security and created a culture where top staffers went rogue, silenced career officials and hid a reckless email scheme that placed her political ambitions above all else,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement releasing documents showing senior aides promised to protect classified information. 

And as Clinton was speaking in San Diego, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) abandoned his reluctance to endorse Trump and said that the real estate magnate will “help turn the House GOP’s agenda into laws.”

The endorsement turns the page on a bitter period of turmoil for the Republican Party and was a major step towards public unification, despite stalwart opposition from some corners of the GOP.

All the while, Clinton herself remains mired in a stubbornly protracted primary process against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt,) that is seen as limiting her efforts to rally the Democratic Party.

The June 7 California primary is considered the last major chance for Sanders to upset Clinton’s march to the nomination, and recent polls have shown the race tightening.

But on Thursday, Clinton declined to make a single reference to Sanders, suggesting that she was looking past the primary and hoping to refocus on the to the fall general election fight against Trump. 


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