Clinton uses aggressive commencement speech to attack Trump

Clinton uses aggressive commencement speech to attack Trump

Hillary Clinton gave the commencement speech at her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Friday afternoon. She used to platform to give the most scathing attack on Donald Trump since her loss in the presidential election.

“You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned, but you know what? I’m doing okay,” Clinton tells a cheering crowd during her commencement speech. “I won’t lie, chardonnay helped a little too,” she joked.

And while she offered encouragement for the graduates, she loaded the commencement speech with strongly worded criticisms of the Trump administration. She even gave a thinly veiled comparison between Trump and former President Richard Nixon

She noted that her graduating class of 1969 didn’t trust the government, and that she and classmates were “furious” about the election of Nixon.

“We were asking questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, would ever be treated with dignity and respect. And by the way, we were furious about the past presidential election.

“Of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice,” she said as the audience erupted in applause. “After firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.”

Clinton accused Trump of “sewing division at a time we desperately need unity,” and told the class they were graduating “at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason.”

“Some are even denying things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds. And then defending themselves by talking about ‘alternative facts,’” she said of Trump. “When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society.”

But the crux of Clinton’s commencement speech was a call to arms for graduates at the woman’s college. She encouraged them to “advance the struggle for equality, justice and freedom.”

“It’s often during the darkest times that you can do the most good,” Clinton told the graduates. “Don’t be afraid of your dreams, your ambitions, or even your anger.  Those are powerful forces, but harness them to make a difference in the world.”

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