Hillary Clinton needed just three sentences to destroy Donald Trump during her South Carolina victory speech.
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Clinton took down Trump by referencing his slogan. Former Sec. Clinton said, “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again, instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”
Instead of running away from President Obama, like unsuccessful congressional Democrats did in 2010 and 2014, Clinton is going to run as the person who is going to build on what the president started. Clinton is running as the anti-Trump. In the fantasy that is the 2016 presidential primary, Obama has ruined America. Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of reality, and a big part of that reality is the success that the country has enjoyed under President Obama.
Later in her speech, former Sec. Clinton again discussed building on the progress that has been made by President Obama. Clinton said, “We can create those good jobs by building on the progress that we’ve made under President Obama. So let’s make new investments in manufacturing, and small business, in scientific research, in clean energy. Enough clean energy to power every home in America.”
The subtle shift in Clinton’s focus that was first noticed in her Nevada victory speech took a larger role after her win in South Carolina. Hillary Clinton is shaping a national appeal. The new twist is that she is crafting an argument against Trump.
Hillary Clinton is smartly running as the candidate who can build upon the last eight years. It was telling that Clinton only mentioned one Republican in her victory speech. Former Sec. Clinton sees Donald Trump as her eventual general election opponent, and she is already building the Democratic coalition that will turn out to beat Trump in November.
Republicans are already full of dread and doom over the possibility of nominating Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton showed the GOP that it might be worse than they ever could have imagined by dismantling and disposing of Trump with just a few sentences in her South Carolina victory speech.
By the time Hillary Clinton is done, Trump may never know what hit him.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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