SAN DIEGO/SAN JOSE: US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tore into her likely election rival Donald Trump as never before, saying his foreign policy is dangerously incoherent and labeling him unfit for office.
“He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility,” Clinton said, cranking up the rhetoric in what is already a deeply acrimonious election season.
“This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes.”
Electing him, she said, would be “a historic mistake.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump supporters leaving the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose were pounced by protesters, some of whom threw punches and eggs. A dozen or more people were hit and car windows were broken. Trump hats grabbed from supporters were set on fire on the ground. One least one woman was pelted with an egg.
Americans will go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a new president, replacing Barack Obama who steps down after eight years in office.
Clinton and Trump are all but assured to be the Democratic and Republican party nominees.
Clinton, who formerly served as secretary of state, first lady and US senator, is vying to become the first female president in America’s 239-year history.
Trump, speaking at a rally in San Jose, California on Thursday night, ridiculed the Democrat’s speech.
“It was pathetic. It was so sad to watch. She was up there, supposed to be a foreign policy speech, it was a political speech, had nothing to do with foreign policy.” During a speech in San Diego that was billed as a foreign policy address, the Democratic former secretary of state unloaded on her likely Republican election opponent, counting down reasons he is not qualified — from his aggressive Twitter attacks to his emotional outbursts.
“He is not just unprepared; he is temperamentally unfit,” she told supporters in a ballroom. “We cannot let him roll the dice with America.” She said a Trump presidency could spark nuclear conflicts overseas and ignite economic catastrophe at home.