It’s very clear that Hillary finds Trump a major threat when the majority of her speech was dedicated to dissing the Donald. What did you think about her speech last night?
Hillary Clinton had a message for Donald Trump on Thursday evening as she accepted the Democratic party’s nomination for president: Game on.
She mocked his campaign slogan. She blasted his business practices. She even tried to taunt him into attacking her on Twitter – a strategy that appeared to work, with Trump sending out a series of tweets assailing her soon after.
He wants to be commander in chief but ‘Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation,’ she said. ‘A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,’ she said as the audience cheered loudly.
Trump has ‘taken the Republican Party a long way,’ she said, ‘from “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.”‘
‘He wants us to fear the future and fear each other,’ she said, declaring that the country is at a ‘moment of reckoning.
The former first lady who lost out on the Democratic nomination eight years ago had to deliver a speech that would redefine her 20-year political career and reserve her place in history as the first woman president.
She held little back, touching on even the most embarrassing and personal aspects of her public profile, including the ‘hard times’ that tested she and her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, who infamously cheated on her with an intern Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.
Clinton also attempted to extend an olive branch to Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders’ supporters, telling them, ‘I’ve heard you…your cause is our cause.’ She was most certainly hearing them, but the losing candidate’s delegates weren’t hearing her.
They took turns heckling Clinton throughout the entirety of her 55-minute speech in spite of a pointed reference to a free tuition plan she modeled off the senator’s.
‘Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all!’ she said, her second reference to him in the speech.
In the thank you section of the remarks she also mentioned him. ‘Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. ‘
To his supporters she said, ‘Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together. Now let’s go out and make it happen together.’
In the national address that rivaled one of her husband’s legendarily long orations, Clinton a millionaire, went after Trump, a billionaire, as an elitist who is out of step with and takes advantage of hard working Americans.
‘In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you’ll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills,’ she said from a Philadelphia sports arena. ‘People who did the work and needed the money, and didn’t get it – not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them.’
‘He just stiffed them,’ she said
Hitting him where she knew it would hurt most, she said, ‘That sales pitch he’s making to be your president? Put your faith in him – and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses.’
Then he ‘walked away,” she said, ‘and left working people holding the bag.’
‘What part of America first leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado. Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin,’ she said. ‘Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. He could start by actually making things in America again.’
She slapped him around on national security, as well. He says he knows more about ISIS than American generals, she said, reading off an old Trump quote, ‘No, Donald, you don’t.’
”Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against, but we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have,’ she said.
In a direct attack on Trump’s core proposition – that he’ll build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, she said, ‘We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one.
‘And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy. We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.’
Clinton said, ‘Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together. Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?’
‘Don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, “I alone can fix it,” she said, taking another jab at Trump.
The businessman’s statement ‘should set off alarm bells for all of us.
‘Really?’ she asked dryly. ‘I alone can fix it? Isn’t he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and firefighters who run toward danger, doctors and nurses who care for us? Teachers who change lives, entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem, mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe?
The line was a hit, and the crowd cheered over her and she shouted out the words. ‘He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say, “I alone fix can it.” We say, “We’ll fix it together.” ‘
Turning to guns, a divisive issue between the parties, Clinton bashed Trump again before calling for Americans to meet in the middle.
‘And if we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby,’ she said ‘I’m not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment.’
‘I’m not here to take away your guns,’ Clinton proclaimed.
‘I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place,’ she stated.
She recalled how Trump’s Republican rivals had underestimated him and said, ‘For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments – excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show,’ she said.
‘They thought he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says – like when he called women “pigs,”‘ she reminded her audience. ‘Or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage.’
‘Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability, or insults prisoners of war like John McCain –a true hero and patriot who deserves our respect,’ Clinton listed.
She said that she didn’t even believe Trump’s bombastic sentiments at first.
‘But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump.’
‘This is it,’ she said.
‘And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great – because America is good,’ she added.
Clinton went through some of her policies that differentiating herself from the Republicans, from believing in climate change to comprehension immigration reform.
‘Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention,’ she said.
‘He spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd,’ Clinton zinged. ‘And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things,’ she added.
Trump responded with a statement from his campaign written by Stephen Miller, a senior adviser, calling Clinton’s speech ‘an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.’
The candidate further ripped into her on Twitter. ‘No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton – corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes,’ he said.
‘Our way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words,’ another tweet read.