Unshackled and ready to become a political force once again, Hillary Clinton made a fresh set of attacks on Donald Trump, calling the president out for being “immature” and “unqualified” to be in the White House.
Clinton said that she hoped her worst fears about a Trump presidency wouldn’t come true, but she is now “compelled” to speak out “with a sense of urgency.”
The comments came in a new interview with The New Yorker. More from that interview:
“I think the President and his Administration pose a clear and present danger to our democracy,” she said. “I hoped, back on the day after that election, that I wouldn’t be sitting here, all these months later, feeling compelled to say that with a sense of urgency. But I am, and I do.”
Trump, Clinton went on, “is immature, with poor impulse control; unqualified for the position that he holds; reactive, not proactive; not strategic, either at home or on the world stage. And I think he is unpredictable, which, at the end of the description one can give of him, makes him dangerous. The latest incident with North Korea? Going after our ally, South Korea, while North Korea is threatening the region, threatening us? Going after China, which we need, whether we like it or not, to help us try to resolve the aggressive behavior of Kim Jong Un? It puts a smile on Kim’s face. Just like him going after nato and the Atlantic alliance puts a smile on Putin’s face. He admires authoritarians. In fact, before this crisis with North Korea, he was praising Kim Jong Un. He clearly has a bromance toward Putin, whom he lauds as a great leader. He’s being played by the Putins and the Kim Jong Uns of the world. I’m not even sure he’s aware of that. Because he has such a limited understanding of the world. Everything is in relation to how it makes him feel. And therefore he has little objective distance, which a leader must have. Making decisions in the Oval Office requires a level of dispassionate, reasoned analysis. We’ve seen no evidence he’s capable of that.”
Clinton’s new set of attacks comes a day after her new tell-all book, “What Happened,” was released, documenting her feelings about the 2016 election.
The book tour has given her a chance to jump back in the political arena in a way she hasn’t been since her stunning electoral defeat last fall – and she hasn’t held back in the least.
In her interview with The New Yorker, Clinton summed up the last nine months in a way that most Americans would now probably agree with: “It’s like a bad movie. You can’t believe anybody would ever green-light it, and all of a sudden it happens.”
The former Democratic nominee may not be running for president again, but she is clearly done sitting on the sidelines and ready to take on the most dangerous president this country has ever seen.