Clinton says Trump would have called George Washington ‘a loser’

Washington, Oct 26 (IANS) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that her opponent Donald Trump would have called first US President George Washington “a loser” for stepping down after leading the country for eight years, a media report said.

“I think this all started when George Washington refused to become a king, right? Donald Trump probably would have called him a ‘loser’,” CBS news quoted Clinton as saying on Tuesday at a rally at Broward College’s North Campus in Coconut Creek.

Clinton said that Trump was “making an unprecedented attack on our(US) democracy” and on American values that date back to George Washington.

“Donald Trump is attacking everything that has set our country apart for 240 years,” Clinton said. “After spending his entire campaign attacking one group of Americans after another: Immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, women, POWs (prisoner of war), Muslims and people with disabilities. Now, his final target is democracy itself,” she added.

At the third debate last week in Las Vegas, Republican presidential nominee Trump said that he would keep Americans in “suspense” over whether or not he would honour the results of the election. Clinton said that Trump’s words should not be taken lightly.

“On January 20th, the first thing a President does is to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. And I have serious doubts about whether Donald Trump even understands what that means,” CBS news quoted Clinton as saying.

“In America, we don’t say we are going to keep you in suspense about whether we will respect the outcome of an election. We have free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power. That is one thing that makes America great,” she added.

Clinton cited the number of people who have registered to vote, and are already turning out to vote early, as evidence that Americans are rejecting Trump’s candidacy. And, speaking against a backdrop of letter cut-outs spelling out “vote early”, Clinton encouraged her supporters to walk from her rally to a nearby early voting site to cast their vote.

“We have volunteers and staff ready to escort you so, hey, go ahead and vote now,” she said. “The bigger the turnout, the bigger statement we will make,” she added.

Clinton has focused her travel in recent days on states where a large number — in some cases, a majority — are expected to vote before Election Day. Early voting started on Monday in Florida, where she is spending two days this week.

–IANS

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