Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-04 10:54:01
Hillary Clinton launched stinging criticism of Donald Trump on Friday, even suggesting her likely Republican presidential opponent wants to be America's "dictator," as she proclaimed she will be the Democratic flag bearer once California votes next week.
President Barack Obama lent his voice to the denunciation, saying Trump's aggressive posture towards immigrants, Muslims and women is "feeding resentments" among Americans and urging them to seek out scapegoats for their frustrations and problems.
Amid increasingly brazen attacks on both sides, Clinton and Trump are emerging as the two rivals who will do battle in the general election.
Trump is already the presumptive Republican nominee, while Clinton has begun talking as if she is the Democratic flag bearer.
"We need everybody to show up on June 7," she told a few hundred supporters at a college in Culver City, California.
"If all goes well, I will have the great honor as of Tuesday to be the Democratic nominee for president," she said to loud cheers.
Democrats in six states vote Tuesday, including California and New Jersey. Clinton is already on the cusp of securing enough delegates to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders for the nomination and she is certain to surpass the threshold on June 7.
Sanders has been barnstorming California, hoping for a miracle in which he wins the remaining contests and many so-called super-delegates, senior party figures who can vote at the party convention for whomever they choose, switch alliances and support him.
But Clinton barely mentioned Sanders's name, opting instead for a full-on assault on Trump during her four stops Friday, in Culver City, Westminster, Santa Ana and San Bernardino.
"Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and commander in chief," she said.
Clinton added that she was appalled at the tenor of the political discourse, suggesting Trump was straying from democratic principles.
"We are trying to elect a president, not a dictator," she said in San Bernardino. More»