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HILLARY CLINTON ROASTS TRUMP: 'Dangerously incoherent'

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on national security in San Diego, California, on June 2.

Hillary Clinton pulled no punches in a major foreign-policy speech on Thursday, coming out swinging against her likely general-election rival, Donald Trump.

In the speech, Clinton lobbed Trump-esque insults at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in an apparent effort to match his headline-grabbing style.

"Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different, they're dangerously incoherent," Clinton said at the beginning of her speech, calling his policy declarations "a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies."

She set out to cast herself as the more qualified candidate, questioning Trump's foreign-policy credentials and saying that electing him would be a "historic mistake."

"He says he has foreign-policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia," Clinton said.

She also hit Trump over his suggestion that South Korea and Japan could be able to obtain nuclear weapons to defend themselves.

"I wonder if he even realizes he's talking about nuclear war," she said.

Clinton also questioned his temperament and mocked his bragging pronouncements about his capabilities.

"It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin," she said. "He says he doesn't have to listen to our generals or ambassadors, because he has – quote – 'a very good brain.'"

Later, she criticized Trump's favorable statements about strongmen like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I will leave it to the psychiatrist to explain his affection for tyrants," Clinton said. "I just wonder how anyone could be so wrong about who America's real friends are."

Here are some of the key points she made in the speech:

  • On his proposal for a wall along the US border with Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants: "We are not a country that cowers behind walls. We lead with purpose, and we prevail." And: "We're lucky to have two friendly neighbors on our land borders. Why would he want to make one of them an enemy?"

  • On his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal: "Donald Trump doesn't know the first thing about Iran or its nuclear program. Ask him. It'll become clear very quickly." And: "There's no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf-course deal. But it doesn't work like that in world affairs."

  • On his suggestion that US allies don't contribute enough to their own defense: "Yes, our friends need to contribute their fair share. I made that point long before Donald Trump came onto the scene."

  • On his statements about Muslims: "Through all his loose talk, there's one constant theme: Demonizing Muslims and playing right into the hands of ISIS."

  • On his vague plans to combat the terrorist group ISIS: "A Trump presidency would embolden ISIS. We cannot take that risk."

  • On his readiness as commander in chief: "Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the Situation Room, making life-or-death decisions on behalf of the United States. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he's angry, but America's entire arsenal. ... Do we want him making those calls — someone thin-skinned and quick to anger, who lashes out at the smallest criticism?"

Trump was responding to Clinton's speech as it was ongoing. He tweeted:

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