Posted: 3:12 pm Monday, October 31st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Buffeted by new developments related to the FBI probe of her email use as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried on Monday to change the subject in the race for President, arguing again that Trump cannot be trusted as Commander-in-Chief, because “he loses his cool” too often.
“Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,” Clinton told a rally in Ohio, as she mocked his short attention span and more.
“A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said to cheers.
To amplify that attack, Clinton went back to the famous 1964 television ad run by President Lyndon Johnson against Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), which raised very similar questions about Goldwater to those that Clinton was raising on Trump.
This is the new Clinton ad released today:
“We’ve seen in this campaign that Donald Trump loses his cool at the slightest provocation,” Clinton said, again trying to sew seeds of doubt about Trump’s ability to lead.
“Imagine him plunging us into a war because somebody got under his very thin skin,” she added.
Clinton began her first rally of the day in Ohio on a different subject, as she used an extended explanation at the top of the event to discuss the latest news involving the FBI probe of her private email server.
Clinton said that while she welcomed the further review of emails in the possession of her top aide Huma Abedin, she declared again that there was no wrongdoing.
“I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year,” Clinton said, her voice rising along with cheers from the crowd.
“There is no case here,” she said firmly.
Clinton said she had no problems with investigators looking at emails that were reportedly found on a computer once used by her top aide, Huma Abedin.
After getting done with her email comments, then the rally was mainly an effort to paint Trump as “dark and divisive,” as she also went after Trump over his ties to Russia and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Donald Trump should immediately disclose all of his ties and connections to the Kremlin and its associates,” Clinton said.
While Democrats would like that to be the issue – for now, her emails – and the investigation of them – continues to drive the race for President, with just over a week to go.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.