Clinton compares Trump to Nixon, says 'presidency would eventually end in disgrace'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 21:04
She drew parallels between her student commencement speech in 1969 and the speech she gave Friday.
Clinton warned of the consequences of people in power inventing their own facts and attacking those who question them. "That is not hyperbole; it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done. Not just our laws and our rights and our budgets, but our thoughts and beliefs".
But between offering her comforting advice to the class of graduates-she confessed that she called her parents a month into classes to tell them she was sure she actually wasn't smart enough to be there-Clinton, who's becoming increasingly outspoken again, let on that she's been using her free time to stay current, too.
Clinton implicitly compared Trump to Richard Nixon, saying that she and her classmates were "furious" 48 years ago about the election "of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice". Recalling her own graduation in 1969, she described President Nixon's fall from grace in terms that mirrored Trump's controversies, from the ongoing FBI investigation into his campaign's Russian Federation ties to his recent firing of FBI Director James Comey. "We got through that tumultuous time".
Clinton even made a joke about Trump's inauguration crowd.
"Instead of lashing out with the same partisan talking points, Hillary Clinton would be wise to look inward, talk about why she lost, and expand the dwindling base of Democrat Party supporters - we won't hold our breath though", McDaniel continued.
"You, you may have heard that things didn't exactly go the way I planned".
"You know what? That's okay". I'm doing okay. I've gotten to spend time with my family, especially my incredible grandchildren. "I won't lie, chardonnay helped a little, too", she noted.
She said graduates shouldn't be afraid of their ambition, dreams or even their anger, calling them powerful forces that can be harnessed to make a difference in the world.
Clinton encouraged graduates to continue to "break glass ceilings" and defy sexism in politics, a message easily embraced by the small liberal arts college for women some 20 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts.
This was Hillary Clinton straight up: the raw, straightforward Clinton who has emerged before in speeches at Wellesley. Clinton also listed a few other things that helped, namely, "Long walks in the woods".
During the speech, she reflected on her own graduation and, of course, the recent presidential election. Edward Brooke, who spoke at the same event.
On taking action: "Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn't do us anything".