US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has criticized her Republican rival Donald Trump as an unstable person who is too “dangerous” and “unfit” to be president.
In a fiery foreign policy speech on Thursday in San Diego, California, Clinton unleashed a blistering criticism of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, saying Trump is an unprepared presidential candidate.
“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different — they are dangerously incoherent,” Clinton said. “They’re not even really ideas — just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.”
“He’s not just unprepared — he’s temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility,” she continued.
Trump blasted back at Clinton on Twitter. “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the teleprompter! She doesn’t even look presidential!,” he tweeted.
“Crooked Hillary no longer has credibility – too much failure in office. People will not allow another four years of incompetence!” he said in another tweet.
One Clinton aide said her speech was the “centerpiece” of her five-day trip through California ahead of the state’s primary election on Tuesday.
The speech was intended to undercut Trump’s ability to woo national security-focused independent and Republican voters, the aide said.
“This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes,” she declared, claiming Trump could start a war just because somebody “got under his very thin skin.”
“We cannot put the safety of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America,” she warned.
Since Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, Clinton has directly challenged his ability to handle foreign policy issues and has taken to labeling him a “loose cannon” who will make it more difficult for Washington to operate on the global stage.
On the other hand, Trump has questioned Clinton’s judgment about the wars in Iraq and Libya, two conflicts she backed.
“She doesn’t have the temperament to be president. She’s got bad judgment. She’s got horribly bad judgment,” Trump said last week. “If you look at the war in Iraq, if you look at what she did with Libya, which was a total catastrophe.”
As a senator, Clinton voted in 2002 to authorize the use of military force in Iraq. And as secretary of state in 2011, she strongly supported a military intervention to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.