Hillary Clinton isn’t pulling any punches when discussing Donald Trump’s dumb ideas that won’t keep America safe on the campaign trail.
While campaigning in Scranton, PA former Sec. of State Clinton said:
So I want to do this and I also want to make a pledge to you that I will do everything in my power to keep America safe, to defeat terrorists and anybody else who threatens our country or Americans anywhere. And here’s another area where Trump and Cruz are not just saying things that are offensive, which they are. They’re saying things which are dangerous, and I want you to understand this. I went to 112 countries on your behalf as Secretary of State. And I know we’re not going to be able to defeat ISIS unless we have a coalition that includes Muslim-majority nations. That’s how we’re going to do it. And when you have someone running for president who basically says we don’t want any Muslims in our country, that sends a message. And it sends a message which makes the job of building that coalition a lot harder. And when you have Ted Cruz saying, hey, we need special police patrols in neighborhoods where Muslims live – how that would ever work nobody can explain, but nevertheless that’s what he said. And the NYPD, which I worked with closely after 9/11 because I was a Senator from New York on 9/11 – they were just shaking their heads hearing what Cruz was saying. And the chief of the department said, well, that’s an idea that doesn’t go anywhere: what will we do with the 1,000 Muslim American police officers that we have on the NYPD? And the commissioner, Bill Bratton, who has as much experience in this area as anybody, said, ‘Ted Cruz doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.’
So look, I know some of these lines get big applause responses in these rallies that Trump has, but stop and think: Is that smart? Does that work? Does it help us? Does it protect us? And the answer to all of that is no. And then he went even further and basically said he didn’t care if more countries got nuclear weapons. I mean, we have been working – Republicans and Democrats alike; it’s something that Bob Casey works on – to prevent more countries from getting nuclear weapons and having a free-for-all that brought more nuclear weapons into the world.
So I’m telling you, I’m looking forward to debating them on the economy, and I’m looking forward to debating them on national security because we’re electing a commander-in-chief as well as a president.
Rarely has a potential general election message been so simple. Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t smart, and they won’t keep America safe. Does anyone outside of the 40ish percent of the Republican Party that supports Trump really believe that a wall between the US and Mexico will work? Does anyone outside of the same Trump supporters in the GOP believe that he would be able to deport 11 million immigrants, or ban all Muslims from entering the US?
It is easy to debate the merits of Trump’s sanity and his lack of intellectual depth, but the truth is that his ideas are dumb and bad policy.
Donald Trump has no idea what is about to hit him. The time for insults and comedy is over, as 2016 presidential campaign is set to get real.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a 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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