2020-06-07 21:43:12 UTC
*Hillary Clinton excoriated Trump for being 'such a failure across the board'
*'It is a mystery why anybody with a beating heart and a working mind still
supports him,' the former secretary of State said in an interview Friday
*She commended protesters taking to the streets to decry George Floyd's death
and blasted Trump's response as 'inadequate'
*The 2016 Democratic candidate said the president is trying to make the
coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd protests 'all about him'
Hillary Clinton has denigrated Trump, claiming his response to George Floyd's
death and ensuing protests is 'inadequate,' and asserting the president is 'such
a failure across the board.'
In a blistering interview with the Los Angeles Times published early Friday
morning, Clinton held nothing back in her criticism of the president.
'It is a mystery why anybody with a beating heart and a working mind still
supports him,' she scorned, specifically referencing his photo-op last week in
front of a church that had been set on fire as part of riots.
'It was beyond my comprehension,' she continued of the spectacle. 'We have never
seen anything like this. He is without shame.'
Trump has received widespread backlash for the Monday stunt, with even some of
his allies in Congress condemning the move for law enforcement to clear
Lafayette Park of protesters with tear gas and force.
Protesters were gathered in the park separating the White House and St. John's
Episcopal Church on Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday participating in
demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Speaking on the president's response to Floyd's death at the hands of a white
police officer, Clinton said it initially seemed promising before he changed
course and stepped away from the issues of police brutality and instead turned
to bashing rioters for destroying cities across the country in the wake of mass
'[W]hen we have a terrible killing like we did in Minneapolis, he makes some
steps toward in the very early hours after we all saw that horrific video to
look like he's going to be empathetic, to look like he's going to try to talk
about this stripping bare of the continuing racism and inequities of law
enforcement and justice system,' she said.
'And then he pivots again because he's not comfortable doing that,' she added.
Clinton praised protests taking to the streets demanding reform in the police
system, saying she hopes that justice will follow.
'If you look at the young people who are the primary movers of the peaceful
protests in response to Mr. Floyd's killing, I'm hopeful that this can break
open not only some hearts but some structural impediments to equality and
justice in a way that defies the distraction of the second-to-second demands of
social media,' Clinton said.
'And it may well be that a leader like [Donald] Trump, who depends upon
distraction, has finally been brought down to Earth because people are watching
in real time what is happening and how inadequate his response has been to these
historic moments,' she added.
She also slammed police for deploying tear gas and pepper spray, as well as
using non-lethal rubber bullets, to clear a crowd of protesters in front of St.
John's Episcopal Church near the White House so the president could pose with a
Bible in front of the boarded up windows for a photo-op.
At the time, Clinton had tweeted that it was 'a horrifying use of presidential
She also asserted in her interview that the president made troubling
circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd's death 'all about
'If it's about a terrible pandemic with an unprecedented virus, he tries to
ignore it, tries to keep the attention on himself, Then when it becomes
impossible to do that, he tries to seize the moment and turn it into a daily
rally, like he loves to do,' she said.
'And then when it becomes impossible to ignore, he tries to change the subject,
he tries to withdraw from the spotlight so he can come up with some other
diversion and distraction for the body politic and the press,' Clinton
Clinton has not been shy about her criticism of Trump, who bested her for the
White House in 2016.
While she claims that she thought on Inauguration Day in 2017, Trump would
transform into the type of person who becomes president but admits she was
'I heard him get up and give that speech that was the absolute opposite of
anything that could have brought the country together,' she said of the January
2017 speech. 'Politics should be about addition, about finding common ground.
No, he was speaking to his outraged base.'
She added that she was sitting next to former President George W. Bush at the
inauguration, and that he was not pleased, either.
'He just turned to me and said, 'That was some weird s.' And every single day
has been a surprise, an unpleasant surprise, about how there seems to be no
bottom to this man and his presidency,' she continued.
A new report published over the weekend indicated that Bush is likely not voting
for Trump in 2020, and some even indicate he could be considering casting his
ballot for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.