“Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” said Hilary Clinton today of the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host at the Democratic National Convention. As she accepted her nomination as the first woman to be the Presidential standard bearer for a major American political party, ” the former Secretary of State added: “He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter, when he’s challenged in a debate, when he sees a protester at a rally.” She got a big cheer for calling out how “odd” Trump’s 78-minute July 12 RNC speech was. “Imagine if you dare, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis.”
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said as one of many swipes at Trump on Thursday — a tactic surely will be one of the main thrusts of her campaign going forward. “So enough with the bigotry and bombast,” she declared in her 56-minute speech as her husband, POTUS 42, and her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine looked on from the convention floor. “Donald Trump’s not offering real change; he’s offering empty promises.
“He wants us to fear the future and fear each other, he wants to divide us from the rest of the world, and from each other,” Clinton added in a wide-ranging speech that was alternately progressive and hawkish — and quoted Broadway’s Hamilton. She went after her opponent early and returned to him time after time amid policy promises. “He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise,” citing that “love trumps hate.” She picked up the attack theme that has been at the heart of speeches this week from the likes of heavyweights VP Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.
“He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from Morning in America to Midnight in America,” she said with a nod to the Reagan campaign slogan of 1984 as chants of “Hillary, Hillary” broke out repeatedly throughout her primetime speech.
She reached out to her top rival in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, calling him out by name to thank him for helping to fire up so many potential voters, especially young ones. Cameras went to a split screen with Clinton and the Vermont senator, with the latter keeping a stone face.
Earlier in the evening, a text went out to Bernie Sanders supporters from the Vermont senator’s camp asking they extend “respect” to HRC as her supporters showed him during his July 25 speech to the convention. A number of Sanders supporters walked off the convention floor when Clinton was speaking.
As GOP rival Trump was introduced bu his daughter Ivanka last week at the RNC, the former New York senator was introduced by her daughter Chelsea in Philadelphia tonight. Clinton also was preceded in the Wells Fargo Center by a Morgan Freeman-narrated 12-minute biopic produced by Scandal EPs and longtime supporters Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
“He also talks a big game about putting America first,” the former White House occupant told the convention about the Art of The Deal author after offering a peace flag to Sanders supporters. “Please explain to me what part of America First leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado; Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan; Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio; Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again.”
The climax of the DNC follows days with speeches praising the former First Lady and attacked trump from First Lady Michelle Obama, primaries contender Sanders, ex-POTUS Bill Clinton, VP Biden, VP hopeful Tim Kaine and last night President Obama, with a not that unexpected onstage cameo by Clinton herself.
Clinton’s speech tonight came after a final day of the DNC’s meeting that saw a celebration of women in the Senate and remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his predecessor Antonio Villaraigosa. Besides performances by Carole King and Katy Perry, also on the podium on Thursday were Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, who introduced himself as Michael Jordan because “I knew that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference; the uplifting Rev. William Barber II; the parents of Humayun S. M. Khan, an American Muslim soldier who died in action; 9/11 survivors and first responders; four-star Gen. John Allen and veterans; Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz; as well as longtime Clinton pals Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson.
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