At Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton Compares Trump to Nixon
! Hillary talks about Nixon “whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace” after firing the man investigating him — clear shot at Trump pic.twitter.com/KFS1HgEGVf
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 26, 2017
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater Wellesley College Friday afternoon, and used the occasion to compare President Donald Trump to Richard Nixon, without ever mentioning the former’s name.
Clinton, who lost to Trump in last November’s presidential election despite winning the popular vote by nearly 3 million, drew parallels between the current political situation and the one she found herself in upon graduating from Wellesley in 1969.
“We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religion minorities, immigrants would ever be treated with dignity and respect,” Clinton said. “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, after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.”
The comparison received hearty applause from the Wellesley grads. “But here’s what I want you to know. We got through that tumultuous time. And once again, we began to thrive as our society changed laws and opened the circle of opportunity and rights wider and wider for more Americans,” Clinton said.
Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 with two and a half years remaining in his term. Less than a year earlier, Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor tasked with investigating the Watergate scandal. Trump, meanwhile, abruptly dismissed FBI director James Comey, who was investigating the president’s ties to Russia and its tampering in the 2016 campaign.
Other portions of Clinton’s speech were a bit more straightforward in their critique of Trump.
“There is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” she said. “Just log on to social media for ten seconds, it will hit you right in the face. People denying science, concocting elaborate hurtful conspiracy theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors, drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor…Some are 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.”