Hillary Clinton calls proposed Trump budget cuts as ‘unimaginable cruelty’
“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, before clarifying she was speaking about Nixon: “After firing the person heading the investigation into him at the Department of Justice“.
“After firing the person investigating him at the department of justice”, she added, seemingly referring to fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey. She even shared an emotional memory of herself as a Wellesley freshman, calling home to tell her parents she didn’t think she was smart enough to make it to graduation.
But few have been through the kind of dark times Former Secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has faced in the past six months.
However, despite her abrasive words against the president, Clinton encouraged the graduates that through their learning and service, they should include people who they don’t agree with politically.
Jokes aside, Clinton came out swinging. “You don’t own a cable news network, you don’t control the Facebook algorithm, you aren’t a member of Congress – yet”, she said pointedly.
In another dig at Trump and his obsession with the size of the crowd at his inauguration, Clinton said some people were even denying “things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds, and then defending themselves by talking about quote-unquote “alternative facts”.
Clinton also made a not-too-subtle comparison to Trump as a troll and alluded to a presidential debate a year ago where he called her a name.
Clinton talked about how she feels people are ignoring reason and critical thinking in America.
“I believe with all my head that the future of America-indeed, the future of the world-depends on courageous … people like you insisting on truth and integrity every day”, Clinton said.
“I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather be this year than right here”, Clinton said during the school’s 139th commencement ceremony.
The woman who may have been president also spoke of her November loss to Trump, though she assured the crowd “I’m doing OK”.
“We got through that tumultuous time, and once again, we began to thrive”, she said. Let’s call it what it is: “It’s a con”, she told the college students.
But Ms Clinton ended her address of a lighter note, telling graduates that while they did not create the current political climate, they have the power to change it.
“I’ve gotten to spend time with my family, especially my unbelievable grandchildren … long walks in the woods, organising my closets, I won’t lie, chardonnay helped a little too”, she said. “I won’t lie, Chardonnay helped a little too”, she added to roars of delight.
Hillary Clinton is taking no prisoners.