CINCINNATI, Ohio: Hillary Clinton dismissed the significance of Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico City before he delivered his much-anticipated immigration speech Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila).
“It certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbor for a few hours then flying home again,” she told the American Legion’s national convention.
“That is not how it works.”
With Trump ahead by double-digits in most polls of veterans, Clinton appeared to carefully choose her spots for criticizing the GOP nominee, who will appear at the convention Thursday morning.
“The stakes this fall are as high as any election in our lifetimes,” she said in her first public remarks in several days.
Clinton tied Trump to Vladimir Putin, saying Trump shares the Russian leader’s discomfort with Americans’ claims that the US is the best nation on Earth.
“My opponent in this race has said very clearly that he thinks American exceptionalism is insulting to the rest of the world,” the former secretary of state said.
Clinton alluded to Trump’s derogatory comments about Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a former prisoner of war, and a Muslim couple appearing at the Democratic National Convention who are the parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq.
“To insult them is just so wrong, and it says a lot about the person doing the insulting,” she said.
And Clinton bashed Trump for calling the US military a “disaster,” later adding, “The last thing we need is a president who brings more name-calling and temper tantrums to Washington.”