Hillary Jabs Trump at Commencement Speech, Brings Up Nixon's Impeachment
Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Friday, using the speech to criticize President Donald Trump and his policies.
Without naming Trump by name, she implicitly compared him to former President Richard Nixon while talking about her own graduation from Wellesley in 1969.
"We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace for impeachment for obstruction of justice, after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice," Clinton said to cheers and applause.
"But here's what I want you to know: We got through that tumultuous time," she continued.
She went on to criticize the Trump administration's use of "alternative facts."
"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," Clinton said. "That is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done."
Despite her criticism of Trump, Clinton finished her remarks on a note of optimism.
"I believe in you with all my heart," she said to the all-female graduating class. "I want you to believe in yourselves. So go forth, be great, but first, graduate. Congratulations!"
On "America's News HQ" today, Bre Payton pointed out that Clinton pushed her "stronger together" message, but then she turned around and criticized Trump and blamed him and the Republican Party for sowing division in the country.
She said this "liberal smugness" is common in many on the left, who create division and then pat themselves on the back for being a unifier.
Richard Fowler argued that all politicians who have given commencement speeches this spring have been smug, from Trump to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Clinton.
"Graduations are about families and the graduates, not about politics, not about 'fake news,' not about bashing the news media," Fowler said.
See the discussion and Clinton's full address above.