BITTER Hillary Clinton has slammed ‘inadequate’ Trump for his ‘shameless’ handling of the George Floyd protests and coronavirus.
The losing 2016 Democratic nominee attacked the president on Sunday, saying that Trump’s administration has been “such a failure across the board”.
At the time, Clinton had tweeted that it was “a horrifying use of presidential power.”
Clinton told the LA Times: “It was beyond my comprehension.
“We have never seen anything like this. He is without shame.”
Adding: “He has been such a failure across the board” and “he can barely make an effort to rise to the occasion.”
She said that the Trump presidency “turned out to be even worse than what I thought it would be.
“He has gone further and broken more norms and undermined our institutions more deeply than I thought would have been possible in such a short period of time.”
Clinton said Trump’s response to the murder of George Floyd initially seemed promising before he ignored the issues of systemic police brutality that triggered the protests and switched to trolling and painting protesters as rioters and looters.
Clinton said: “When we have a terrible killing like we did in Minneapolis, he makes some steps toward — in the very early hours after we all saw that horrific video — to look like he’s going to be empathetic, to look like he’s going to try to talk about this stripping bare of the continuing racism and inequities of law enforcement and justice system.
“And then he pivots again because he’s not comfortable doing that.
“He doesn’t have even the minor amount of empathy to fake it, to look like he is concerned, and he reverts to the belligerence and the threat-making and the photo-opping, all the tried-and-true tactics that feed his need for control and dominance and attention.”
Clinton praised protests taking to the streets demanding reform in the police system, saying she hopes that justice will follow.
She said: “If you look at the young people who are the primary movers of the peaceful protests in response to Mr. Floyd’s killing, I’m hopeful that this can break open not only some hearts but some structural impediments to equality and justice in a way that defies the distraction of the second-to-second demands of social media.”
“And it may well be that a leader like [Donald] Trump, who depends upon distraction, has finally been brought down to Earth because people are watching in real-time what is happening and how inadequate his response has been to these historic moments.”
She also Trump had made the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd’s death “all about him.”
She said: “If it’s about a terrible pandemic with an unprecedented virus, he tries to ignore it, tries to keep the attention on himself.