Although Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, he did not beat her in the popular vote. Millions of more Americans voted for Clinton in 2016, meaning that Trump beat her in the electoral college, which is a system put in place to weaken the strength of the vote of average Americans and maintain conservative power. And because Clinton looked at the voting numbers in the 2016 election, she knows that more than half of those who voted would have preferred to see her in office, meaning that she’s not going to hold back punches now that Trump is at the helm during the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.
On Saturday, Hillary Clinton spoke to the New York Times about how Trump is a “failure” who abuses his presidential power for personal gain. During the 2016 campaign, Clinton called Trump supporters “deplorable” and now she is saying they have no “beating heart” and no “working mind.”
Clinton was making these harsh remarks in response to Trump’s response to the civil rights protests going on around the country. Not only did Trump build a wall around the White House to keep American citizens away from him, but he also threatened to unleash the United States military on citizens to silence the protests.
One of Trump’s acts that Clinton found most disturbing was his decision to use Park Police to clear the streets of the capital while Trump strolled to St. John’s Church to hold up a bible.
“Tonight the President of the United States used the American military to shoot peaceful protestors with rubber bullets & tear gas them, for a photo op. This is a horrifying use of presidential power against our own citizens, & has no place anywhere, let alone in America. Vote,” she tweeted.
Besides her criticisms of Trump, Clinton also wrote about systemic racism and “white privilege,” which is becoming a more common topic white people are exploring.
But during her interview with the Los Angeles Times, Clinton smashed Trump and his supporters.
“It is a mystery why anybody with a beating heart and a working mind still supports him,” she said because she felt Trump made everything “about him.”
“If it’s about a terrible pandemic with an unprecedented virus, he tries to ignore it, tries to keep the attention on himself. Then when it becomes impossible to do that, he tries to seize the moment and turn it into a daily rally, like he loves to do. And then when it becomes impossible to ignore, he tries to change the subject, he tries to withdraw from the spotlight so he can come up with some other diversion and distraction for the body politic and the press,” she said.
And in regards to how Trump dealt with the protests, Clinton said: “[W]hen we have a terrible killing like we did in Minneapolis, he makes some steps toward — in the very early hours after we all saw that horrific video — to look like he’s going to be empathetic, to look like he’s going to try to talk about this stripping bare of the continuing racism and inequities of law enforcement and justice system. And then he pivots again because he’s not comfortable doing that.”
What do you think about Clinton’s criticisms?
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