While campaigning in Los Angeles today, the Democratic presidential front-runner delivered roughly 40-minutes of remarks in which she hit the Republican presidential candidate on everything from his business record, to his taxes, to foreign policy, to his ego and personality.
Here’s a breakdown of the three approaches Clinton is taking -- and what she said today to make her case.
Strategy No. 1: Cast Trump as a Bad Businessman
Clinton also called on Trump to release his tax returns and suggested he may have never paid any federal income taxes ever. However, according to New Jersey officials who saw his tax returns, Trump has paid taxes: He paid $18,714 in 1975, $10,832 in 1976 and $42,386 in 1977.
Strategy No. 2: Peg Trump as Dangerous When It Comes to Foreign Policy
Here's what she said: As she often does, Clinton went after Trump for his foreign policy proposals such as banning Muslims from entering the United States and for wanting to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. (Trump has since said that his controversial plan to ban most Muslims from entering the U.S. is "just a suggestion.") She warned that these policies will only backfire. “Loose talk, like a loose cannon, can misfire,” she said.
The former secretary of state continued by saying Trump praised North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. "He has praised the dictator in North Korea,” she exclaimed. “Although I was kind of struck today when spokesman from North Korea said they are not interested in talking to Donald Trump. I suppose that is a blessing -- I guess, right?” (Trump has only said that he would have "no problem" speaking to the North Korean leader.)
Strategy #3: Paint Trump as Being Difficult to Work With
Here’s what she said: Lastly, Clinton accused Trump of having a personality unfit for the president’s office.
Earlier, she accused him of speaking without thinking. “You know here’s a person running for president, who calls in to shows and basically says whatever the thought of the day might be,” she said, to laughter. "You know, I mean, call me old fashioned, I think it matters ... what you’re saying when you’re running for president and it really matters when you are president.”