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Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in alma mater speech

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, May 27: Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has compared US President Dold Trump’s “imperiled presidency” to that of Richard Nixon’s in a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater Wellesley College.

“We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice,” Clinton said, before clarifying she was speaking about Nixon.

In 1973, President Nixon ordered the then Attorney General to fire a special prosecutor who was looking into taped conversations recorded in the Oval Office as part of the Watergate scandal. He later resigned while facing the threat of impeachment in 1974.

Clinton’s reference to Nixon’s firing of an investigator, in a graduation speech at the college on Friday, was an apparent knock at Trump’s controversial decision to sack his former FBI Director James Comey, CNN reported. Since Comey’s ouster, the President has been accused of urging Comey to end a probe into his ex-tiol Security Adviser Michael Flynn. She took repeated veiled shots at Trump for having launched “a full-fledged assault on truth and reason” and proposing a budget that represented an “attack of unimagible cruelty on the most vulnerable among us”.

Her sharp remarks met thunderous applause and cheers from the graduating class. She went on to say that “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”. Wellesley College president Paula Johnson noted in her introduction of Clinton that the famous alum almost broke the “highest, hardest glass ceiling.” “And she won the popular vote,” Johnson added.

Clinton herself joked that she got through the aftermath of the election with the help of friends, family and wine. “Long walks in the woods. Organising my closets,” she said. “Chardony helped a little too.” The former presidential nominee’s commencement speech came more than six months after her defeat to Trump, and almost five decades after a young Hillary Rodham’s speech at her own graduation thrust her into the tiol spotlight, according to the report. (IANS)

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