Hillary Clinton has definitely ramped up her presidential campaign against the presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump, as it has become clear to everyone the Democratic primary race is over. She’s been getting more and more vocal in criticizing Trump and yesterday, in a speech she gave inSan Diego, she really let him have it.
After saluting members of the military and their families, she gave her vision of the two Americas that can come to life depending on who wins the general election. On one side, she gave us a fearful America that disconnects from the world and a strong and confident United States that is not afraid to lead the world.
She then reminded future voters that she served as the Secretary of State and that she already represented our country on the world stage. Clinton then talked about all the ways in which she has keept our nation safe, offering strategies envisioned to beat ISIS, preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons and strengthening American alliances.
The next thing was to introduce the actual focal point of her speech – Donald Trump’s inability to lead this country as commander-in-chief. She could not have stated it any clearer:
“I believe the person the Republicans have nominated for president cannot do the job.”
After letting that one sink in for a few seconds, she deployed a series of sentences that will two months from now be known as the words that started the Clinton-Trump war:
“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different. They are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even 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.”
If you ask us, she could have dropped the mic right there.
If there has ever been a more succinct and precise description of Donald Trump in just 5 brief sentences, then we have not heard or read it.
The crowd in San Diego went wild after these and we are pretty sure the rest of rational America did as well.
However, this was not just an emotional punch. This was Clinton trying to create an image of Trump in the mind’s eye of the general public. This was not a fabrication of an image, though. This was merely reminding the voting public what Trump is all about. It was a masterful stroke and something that might have an immense influence on the overall outcome of the presidential race.
It is important that Clinton and her team chose to attack Trump this directly, this soon. His Republican adversaries in the primary did that too late and by the time they remembered to do it, they seemed like schoolboys flinging insults.
Clinton and her team are doing it early to set the stage the way that would let them control the game.
This was bold but it was also incredibly smart.
She went on to remind everyone of Trump’s foreign policy statement blunders so far – saying that more countries need nuclear weapons, suggesting that the U.S. should leave NATO, and trying to convince everyone that the country can easily solve its foreign debt problems by simply defaulting on them. This was just a start.
The good thing about Donald Trump is that you cannot easily run out of his faux-pas. And Clinton remembered most of them.
Another great thing she did was remind the voters of all the important moments in American foreign policy events she took part in and often headed.
She clearly established a choice between an experienced leader who sat at the table with the biggest players and an irrational, thin-skinned dabbler.
Perhaps even more importantly, Clinton spoke about something that Trump very often gets away with and that is equating running a successful business with running a country. Like she said:
“There’s no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf-course deal.”
And he blew a few , by the way.
These are just some of the highlights from a speech that lasted more than half an hour without once becoming inflated or losing steam.
Clinton delivered the first blow and it was spectacular.
We definitely have our candidate.