By Jessica LehrmanHillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, delivered a devastating message to her supporters as she wrapped up the second half of her first major speech since taking office, declaring that her opponent was the greatest threat to the country in a country still reeling from the economic collapse.
The speech, delivered on a stage in Washington, DC, was Clinton’s first to be streamed live online.
She then closed her speech by laying into her opponent for his economic policies, saying he had “never lived up to the promise of the American Dream.”
“We were scared.
We were frustrated,” she said.
“And we all know that the truth is, our economy is slipping away from us.”
Trump has seized on Clinton’s speech to portray her as a liar.
His campaign tweeted out video from the event showing Clinton speaking in a way that suggests she was weeping, not laughing.
“Hillary Clinton said she was crying because she felt the pain of millions of Americans,” Trump tweeted.
Now she is trying to get votes from the people who feel the pain she did not.
This speech is a total fabrication.”
Trump was responding to an earlier clip that was posted on the campaign website.
In it, the former secretary of state, whose campaign has struggled to keep up with the expectations of supporters and detractors, is heard in a similar tone to what she used in her speech to rally the party’s base.
“We are in this race because we want to take back our country from the greed and the recklessness of the Clinton family,” she says.
“I am not in this for my husband or for the country.
This is for the future of our children and grandchildren.
We will get our country back.
We are going to do it together.”
The clip has been retweeted over 5,000 times.
Trump has not commented on the video, but in a statement issued late Thursday night, he said, “Hillary is a liar and I will not be silenced.”
On Wednesday, Clinton’s team released a video of the speech, in which she told supporters, “We need to make the case that we are going in the right direction.
We have the confidence in the American people.
We need the confidence of all of you.
You’re the ones who believe that we can fix this mess and put America back on the right track.
We don’t have to win by being perfect.
We can win by fixing the mess.
And we can win this way.”
In the speech to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people, Clinton also promised to fight for women’s health care, to fight to make college more affordable, to support students who need financial aid and to work to expand opportunities for the children of immigrants.
She spoke about her husband’s health problems and his legacy and pledged to make good on his legacy of “giving back” and to “make sure we have the best education for our kids.”
“He has never lived up.
He never lived by the promise that he made to the American dream,” she continued.
“He never lived it by making the hard decisions that the American family needs to make.
And now we have to make sure we take our own step back and say, ‘No, we have this much more to give.’
And then, you know, we’re going to make it work.”