Clinton hands Trump the thrashing that his GOP foes could not

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In her speech Thursday, Hillary Clinton delivered a stunning and forthright recitation of Donald Trump’s “greatest hits” in the foreign-policy arena. Here’s an extended direct quote:

“I believe that the person the Republicans have nominated for president cannot do the job. Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different, they are dangerously incoherent. They are not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies. He is not just unprepared; he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility. This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes, because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.

“We cannot put the security of our children and our grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America. This is a man who said that more countries should have nuclear weapons, including Saudi Arabia. This is someone who has threatened to abandon our allies at NATO, the countries that work with us to root out terrorists abroad before they strike us at home. He believes we can treat the U.S. economy like one of his casinos and default on our debts to the rest of the world, which would cause an economic catastrophe far worse than anything we experienced in 2008.

“He has said that he would order our military to carry out torture and the murder of civilians who are related to suspected terrorists, even though those are war crimes. He says that he doesn’t have to listen to our generals and admirals our ambassadors and other high officials because he has, quote, “a very good brain”. He also said, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do”. You know what? I don’t believe him.

“He said climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, and he has the gall to say that prisoners of war like John McCain aren’t heroes. He praises dictators such as Vladimir Putin and picks fights with our friends, including the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the German chancellor, the president of Mexico and the pope. He says that he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia.

“And to top it off, he believes America is weak, an embarrassment. He called our military a disaster. He said we are, and I quote, a “Third World country”. And he has been saying things like that for decades. Those are the words of someone who doesn’t understand American or the world, and they’re the words of someone who would lead us in the wrong direction. Because if you really believe America is weak, with our military, our values, our capabilities that no one comes close to matching, then you don’t know America. And you certainly don’t deserve to lead it. That’s why, even if I weren’t in this race, I would be doing everything I could to make sure Donald Trump never becomes president because I believe that he will take this country down a very dangerous path.”

In a more rational time, one or two such nonsensical statements by a would-be presidential candidate would have been cause enough to usher him off the stage in disgrace. In Trump’s case, he has blustered blithely from one blunder to the next, wearing ignorance as an impenetrable shield. That ended Thursday. It’s also important to note that Clinton’s rundown of Trump’s bumbling isn’t even close to complete. When asked about the nuclear triad, the fundamental concept underlying our nuclear deterrence strategy for the past half century, Trump had no idea what the term meant. When asked about Brexit, the possibility of Britain exiting the European Union, he again drew a blank. Those may not be terms that roll off the tongue of many voters, but they ought to be familiar to anyone seeking the job of commander in chief.

After Clinton’s speech, I had to laugh when I saw the attempted rebuttal from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the man who once called Trump a “cancer on conservatism” but now offers himself to Trump as a vice presidential possibility, should the Great and Powerful One so choose.  “Donald Trump will peel her skin off in a debate setting,” Perry predicted, instantly calling up unfortunate images of Trump as Buffalo Bill.

The bizarre description aside, Perry might want to consult with Trey Gowdy and his buddies about Clinton’s ability to handle herself in a fight. The Gowdy gang hasn’t been heard from since, and I strongly suspect that a similar fate awaits Trump in the upcoming debates.

One more belated note, before I step down from my soapbox:

You may remember an incident a while back in which Trump was accused of publicly mocking a New York Times reporter with a disability. I had seen the clips of Trump’s behavior, but I don’t know Serge Kovaleski, the reporter in question, and somehow I hadn’t seen an image of him until today.  As a result, I couldn’t fully gauge Trump’s petty cruelty.

To refresh your memory, here’s Trump:

… and here’s Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a condition called arthrogryposis:

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I don’t know how you were brought up. Maybe that’s OK in your world. In my world, Trump’s behavior fails to meet even minimum standards of human decency, let alone the standards expected from a president of the United States. There is no excuse for it, no explanation for it.  Nobody capable of such an act can also be capable of “making America great again.”

It is a perfect illustration of Clinton’s warning yesterday:  “He is not just unprepared; he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”

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NWGAL
NWGAL

Trump would definitely shake up Washington. Like a magnitude 9 earthquake, his shake up would level the Constitution and judiciary and replace laws with whims and vendettas. If you really want to return to the days before the Magna Carta when kings could do anything they wanted, literally anything they wanted, then vote Trump. Maybe you can figure out a way to stay on his good side and not be beheaded.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

So Hillary's answer, and that of most Democratic leaders, is open borders and amnesty for millions of illegal aliens living and working here in this country.

RangeRover
RangeRover

“And to top it off, he believes America is weak, an embarrassment. He called our military a disaster. He said we are, and I quote, a “Third World country”. And he has been saying things like that for decades. Those are the words of someone who doesn’t understand American or the world, and they’re the words of someone who would lead us in the wrong direction. Because if you really believe America is weak, with our military, our values, our capabilities that no one comes close to matching, then you don’t know America. And you certainly don’t deserve to lead it."

https://youtu.be/XwDLji3tyRM

Maybe Trump is right!

Make America Great Again!

rimsky
rimsky

M Ali did not become an icon only because of boxing skills.

His political stands, more like sacrifice, along with sport skills made him what he is today and in the future.

Technically there are boxers and MMA fighters today who are more skilled than Ali was in his hey days (Meriweather, and others).  They will be just a bookmark in the annals of sports history.

rimsky
rimsky

Boxing AND politics are blood sports. ///////

When did any get CTE or parkinson in participating in politics.  

That is beyond dum..........

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Saturday sheetz - Trump and the "Mexican" judge

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Of all the howlers in Hillary Clinton's militarism speech in the naval town of San Diego on Thursday - and it was full of them - perhaps the most outrageous one was her claim that she is the calm and steady voice of diplomacy over Donald Trump's reckless bellicosity. 

What a joke! The woman who, like her fellow travelers John McCain and Lindsey Graham, has never met a military intervention she didn't like and who as president wants to build up missile shields in Asia and foment further militarization of a region that is already a powder keg? 

It boggles the mind.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DonniePinko,

Giving your dislike of Clinton, you must be voting for Trump. Correct?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

As to the title of this thread, Jay, is it COULD not or WOULD not?


Sad to see so many overweight white guys so impotent.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"One could argue that Trump has mastered Ali's "Rope-a-Dope" maneuver.  Hillary's sure falling for it."


@FigMOO



During her speech, Hillary took that rope and


wrapped it around The Chump's neck and he 


couldn't even tweet a coherent word back !



He is still in a daze from that whooping he got!


heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RantNRave

@FigMOO???

Something The Donald would do.

You, like Hillary, have been reduced to his playing field.

That said, I take no offense to your name calling.

"Words, just words" as candidate Clinton said about Obama in 2008 to which he responded...

"Words matter!"

Not really.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

The NYTimes describes Ali as "One of Sports' Most Charismatic and Polarizing Figures".

hmmmmmmm

Boxing AND politics are blood sports. 

Is it any wonder I love boxing and volleyball?

foo2u
foo2u

@FIGMO2 I love volleyball... I play indoor two nights a week. Haven't really had the time to play outdoor ever since I started having little foos... (well technically, I didn't have them, but I like to think I helped).

But I do play in the GA Games 3-man grass tournaments with a couple friends every July.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@foo2u @FIGMO2

Same here on the indoor, though I have engaged in outdoor volleyball beachside.

I'm a very aggressive and adept spiker. It's what I like most about the game.

Better as a right side than the left.

BOOYAH!!! IN YO' FACE!!!

LUV IT!!

RantNRave
RantNRave

@FIGMO2


Don't disrespect the Champ by saying


you love boxing.


Have more respect for genius.

foo2u
foo2u

Middle and power hitter here. Prefer power, but nobody ever wants to hit middle...

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

If Bernie Sanders ran against Donald Trump, the election would likely be an epic landslide. 

But with Hillary Clinton running against Trump, who knows. 

It could be very close. Or worse.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko

You DO realize that all the anti-trump protests could have a reverse effect, do you not?

TBS
TBS

Yes it could be close or worse but I tend to think Trump is in trouble

Peachs
Peachs

The press refuses to take ownership of Trump.  It is like Trump has found the weakness of the system, and is now exploding it, while telling the press nothing, just keep getting my name out there and don't ask me a lot of stupid questions. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Peachs

One could argue that Trump has mastered Ali's "Rope-a-Dope" maneuver. 

Hillary's sure falling for it.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Just saw this:

“Donald Trump will peel her skin off in a debate setting,” Perry predicted, instantly calling up unfortunate images of Trump as Buffalo Bill.

Or an onion. 

foo2u
foo2u

@FIGMO2 She definitely brings tears to my eyes...

Peachs
Peachs

@foo2u @FIGMO2 but a mafia Trump makes you sing?  We are a very thin line from Chicago in the 30s, who has character anymore?

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Trump says R.I.P. to thr greatesr Ali but want to,ban Muslims from America. How Ironic

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@BuckeyeGa

In spite of their differences, Trump and Ali were friends and had been for a long time.

Amazing, ain't it?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2


Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday stumped alongside embattled Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, encouraging Democrats to "have her back."

"(She) has been just an incredible supporter of my agenda. She's taken tough votes when they're the right thing to do, and she is somebody who I have counted on consistently," Obama, who endorsed Wasserman Schultz in March, said at a private DNC event in Miami, according to a transcript released by the White House.

He continued: "She's had my back. I want to make sure we have her back." 

SERIOUSLY!!??!!

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Figmo2,

She doing a terrible job but he can't say now..they have to win an election.

foo2u
foo2u

@FIGMO2 Drumpf and the full throated support of conservatives... even though he's the antithesis of everything conservatives have been screeching to us about for thirty years...

SERIOUSLY!!?!!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@foo2u @FIGMO2

Obviously conservatives have conceded on the social issues. I would think you liberals would be happy about that, but alas...

you're never satisfied. 

schnirt

foo2u
foo2u

@FIGMO2 @foo2u Obviously "conservatives" have conceded on most all issues and put a liberal, flip flopping, meglomaniac, and closeted  liberal up against a neocon panderer.  

And you Figs? Are you satisfied with your chosen candidate?

I am not satisfied with my candidate, or your candidate.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@foo2u @FIGMO2

Seein's how all politics is local, I'm gonna foist upon America's liberals my own little Victor Hill in the guise of Donald Trump.

Just rewards.

schnirt 

foo2u
foo2u

@FIGMO2 @foo2u Seems like some liberals are happy to do that on their own without your assistance... anyway, no thanks.

I did my best last week to remove my thorn, Chairman Lee... we fell a couple hundred votes short.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@foo2u @FIGMO2

Reflecting on the name "Lee" here in Clayton County...

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/husband-and-wife-running-for-same-office-lots-of-b/nQhZX/

A taste of what goes on here'bouts.

Jewel Scott, our former DA with no criminal trial experience and even less (if that's possible) when she was our DA is in a run-off with Shana Rooks, an accomplished attorney and former commissioner for Superior Court Judge.

The Scotts and Hill are like a reoccurring fungus here in Clayton County.

Their supporters like mushrooms.

schnirt

TBS
TBS

Uh oh.... Is Trump in trouble as I have been saying?

To be honest I think the poll below may not be a true indicator this early on. But just incase Trump and his Trumpettes probably need to be ready to unleash their HC was caught chewing gum in the third grade and BC didn't do his homework one day in the sixth grade stories.

Clinton opens up double-digit lead over Trump nationwide: Reuters/Ipsos poll

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0YP2EX

rimsky
rimsky

Ali was a marketing genius much like Trump. //////

Ali did not market anything.  He meant what he said.

Marketing is just the opposite of that.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky

He marketed himself.

He was self-created and used the media brilliantly.

He resisted manipulation by others. "Ali...dreams himself anew each morning."

Ali was the author of his own narratives, and, moreover, he transcended all attempts to explain him.---"Muhammad Ali, the People's Champ"

In spite of Ali's recent admonishment of Trump's Muslim ban, he and DT were friends. Had been for a long time.

rimsky
rimsky

To Quote Ali

"I have no quarrel with a Muslim or brown people or white people"

Buttercup23
Buttercup23

How could anyone of sane mind vote for Donald Trump for President of these United States of America.  The man is morally bankrupt, morally corrupt, not fit for public office, any office.  It's unbelievable how horrible of a politician he's turned out to be.   Our country is so much better than this man, aren't we?

TBS
TBS

A hero.. A anti-hero

A great American

He had his faults (we all do) but what a man for the times....

May your God (Allah) welcome you home

Much respect

RIP Ali.. "The Greatest"

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

RIP Mohammed Ali, a champion who won the hearts of people the world over. "He gave millions of people hope."

Airdale
Airdale

Tinker Belle Trump - spreading fairy dust.  Then look at all the fairies here that are working to help him!