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Hillary Clinton: Trump is too dangerous and unstable to have the nuclear codes

Democratic frontrunner attacks Trumps personal feuds and outright lies in blistering speech that questions GOP candidates suitability for the White House

Hillary Clinton has lacerated Donald Trumps fitness to lead the United States in a tour-de-force assault on his record and temperament, branding him too dangerous and unstable to be entrusted with nuclear codes and warning of economic crisis if he were to reach the White House.

The Democratic frontrunner and former secretary of state stimulated the sobering yet blistering assault in a speech in San Diego on Thursday which sought, in effect, to disqualify the Republican presumptive nominee as a valid candidate.

Donald Trumps ideas arent just different, theyre dangerously incoherent. Theyre not even really notions, only a series of bizarre rantings, personal feuds and outright lies, she told. He is not just unprepared. He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.

Flanked by US flags for the widely trailed address, Clinton said a Trump presidency could lead to cataclysm. He should not have the nuclear codes because its very easy to imagine Donald Trump resulting us into a war only because person got under his very thin scalp. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.

Speaking on the eve of primary elections that are expected to push Clinton past the threshold of delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination, signalling the official start of the general election, Clinton made a tacit plea to independents and moderate Republicans, saying Trump belittled US power even when Ronald Reagan was president.

With Bernie Sanders threatening to spoiling her nomination glory by winning California, the speech also served as an appeal to Democrats to unite against the real adversary. We cant put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trumps hands. As chairperson, she told, I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path.

She continued: Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the situation room inducing life or death decisions on behalf of the United States. Do we want him making those calls? Someone thin-skinned and quick to rage. Do we want his finger anywhere near the button? Building Donald Trump our commander-in-chief would be a historic mistake.

The former first lady deconstructed Trumps policy positions as a recipe for alienating friends, emboldening enemies and coddling despots. Clinton pointed out how Trump had alienated allies such as the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the president of Mexico and Pope Francis.

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Hillary Clinton: Attaining Donald Trump our commander-in-chief would be a historic misstep. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

She also noted his kudo for Russians Vladimir Putin and North Koreas Kim Jong-un. I will leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants If Donald gets his route theyll be celebrating in the Kremlin. We cannot let that happen.

He says he has foreign policy experience because he operated the Miss Universe pageant in Russia, she said, adding at another point in the speech: This isnt reality television, this is actual reality.

Later, Clinton added: It is not hard to see how a Trump presidency could lead to a global economic crisis.

The former secretary of state speech, staged in front of a wall of US flags, rebutted a foreign policy address Trump induced in April in which he promised to save humanity itself and shake the rust off Americas foreign policy.

Trump pitched himself as a serious commander-in-chief in that speech with an remarkably detailed and scripted address to policymakers in Washington last April.

Seeking Reagans mantle, he promised a foreign policy strategy that would suffer for several generations by attempting peace through strength. He accused Clinton and Barack Obama of reckless, rudderless and aimless behaviour in the Countries of the middle east and said he would place American security above all else, replacing chaos with peace.

Critics said the speech contained multiple contradictions and upended previous policy stances, leaving in doubt his views on talking to Iran, pressuring Nato allies to shoulder more defense expenses, nation build, wooing goodwill in the Arab world, and whether he supposes the US foreign policy should be unpredictable or disciplined, deliberate and consistent.

Clintons expected intervention on Thursday came after another tumultuous political week that has put Trump on the defensive over his allegedly fraudulent university, prompting him to build vitriolic attacks on the judge hearing the case.

The former first lady, meanwhile, is battling to fend off a surging Sanderscampaign that has shut a big deficit and threatens to snatch victory in Californias 7 June Democratic primary. According to the Associated Press she is just 71 delegates shy of the 2,383 needed to clinch the nomination, and could do so with big wins in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and New Jersey, which referendum before California. Losing the Golden State, however, would be an important symbolic blow.

Thursdays speech in the historic Prado district in Balboa park, a landmark in San Diego, a city with military tradition, signalled a new gloves-off approach to Trump and a likely fractious presidential race in the lead-up to November.

In the midst of her speech on Thursday, Trump employed Twitter to swipe back in typical style. Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! he tweeted. Reading poorly from the telepromter[ sic ]! She doesnt even seem presidential!

The Clinton campaign retaliated by retweeting Trumps remark alongside a line from her speech. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when hes angry, but Americas entire arsenal, she said.

Hillary Clinton (@ HillaryClinton) June 2, 2016

Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when hes angry, but Americas entire arsenal. https :// t.co/ e7M2CV3sj6

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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