Hillary Clinton declared Donald Trump unqualified to be president Thursday, citing as her proof a list of the presumptive GOP nominee’s “irresponsible, reckless, dangerous comments.”
“I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States,” Clinton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview.
The likely Democratic presidential nominee has previously avoided answering the question, but said recent statements from Trump on everything from North Korea to NATO underscored the risk of his presidency in her mind.
“The threat that Donald Trump poses is so dramatic — to our country, to our democracy, and to our economy,” Clinton said.
The former secretary of state, in particular, said Trump could not be trusted to keep the nation safe, pointing to the mysterious crash of a Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight over the Mediterranean early Thursday morning.
“It does appear it was an act of terrorism,” Clinton said of the crash. She added that Trump’s support of a ban on Muslims entering the country would only exacerbate terrorism.
Clinton also refused to respond to Trump’s accusation that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, raped women. “I know that is exactly what he is fishing for,” Clinton said, refusing to engage.
But Before Clinton can turn her full attention to the presumptive Republican nominee, she first has to contend with a lingering primary challenge from Bernie Sanders, whom Clinton called on to do his part to unify the Democratic Party.
“I will be the nominee for our party, Chris,” Clinton said. “There is no way I won’t be.”
Clinton said she was “very disturbed” by the chaos surrounding a Nevada Democratic State Convention this weekend, but said she is confident the party will ultimately come together to defeat Trump.
Asked if she was considering Sanders to be her vice presidential pick, Clinton refused to play ball. “I’m not going to answer that question,” she said flatly.