Hillary Clinton is no fan of Donald Trump. During a Democratic town hall in Columbus, Ohio, the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State said what Trump is doing is dangerous for America, according to a live CNN special segment. She joined Senator Bernie Sanders in sending a strong rebuke of Trump’s fiery rhetoric that many say has largely fanned the flames of racial bigotry and violence.
Jake Tapper, one of the moderators for the televised event, welcomed Clinton to the stage. And as he did earlier with Senator Sanders, he began his questioning by referring to the recent surge in violence at Trump rallies and his controversial comments.
“Well, I think all Americans should be concerned. It is clear that Donald Trump is running a very cynical campaign, pitting groups of Americans against one another. He is trafficking in hate and fear. He is playing to our worst instincts rather than our angels of our better nature.”
— CNN Public Relations (@CNNPR) March 13, 2016
Clinton then went on to talk about Trump’s speeches and rhetoric that has been loosely compared — directly, sometimes — to Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
“He actually incites violence in the way that he urges his audience on, talking about punching people and offering to pay legal bills. And on the specifics, we know that he has been incredibly bigoted towards so many groups. He talks about deporting 11, 12 million immigrants…”
Clinton said so much of what Trump is doing is at odds with the Republic and democracy. She thinks he stands against everything America offers to every citizen.
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) March 14, 2016
When given the opportunity to walk back his comments at earlier rallies and debates, Trump doubled-down and made denials. Clinton said Trump has committed a divisive movement. He then dodges responsibility when confronted with allegations.
A Caucasian man was seen on video days ago sucker punching a black North Carolina protester during a rally for the real estate mogul. The Trump supporter took pride in striking the man, who was led out by police for disrupting the event. On camera, he threatened to kill the protester if he continued along the same path again.
Donald Trump this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press. pic.twitter.com/RAb5QmPFhP
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) March 13, 2016
The attacker was arrested after the assault. However, during a chat with Meet the Press over the weekend, Trump downplayed the man’s attack on the supporter. Rather than denouncing the unprovoked attack and pleading for calm, Trump offered to pay for the man’s legal fees. He said his team was looking into the matter.
Hillary Clinton aligned with Bernie Sanders, who earlier denied having anything to do with alleged supporters that disrupted several of Trump’s rallies. Sanders said that while people have the right to protest and express their free speech under the First Amendment, he does not condone protesters causing disruptions at events by infringing on the liberties of others. He sent a strong warning to his Republican colleague to end his tendentious comments.
“Trump has to get on the TV and tell his supporters that violence in the political process in America is not acceptable, end of discussion.”
A voter asked Clinton about her game plan to defeat Donald Trump at the polls if their respective parties nominated her and him. As PoliticusUSA said, Republicans’ nightmare may come true in a Clinton vs. Trump election. Just as she calmly destroyed Trump during the town hall on foreign policy, the GOP fears an unchecked Trump may derail the party in November’s contest.
“One argument that uniquely qualified to bring because of my service as Secretary of State is what his presidency would mean both to our country and to our standing in the world. I am already receiving messages from leaders. I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump. I say no this up to Americans, thank you very much, but I get what you are saying.”
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