Hillary Clinton and Chris Matthews teamed up to attack Donald Trump and the Republican Party in what was Clinton’s first interview of 2016.
Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, Clinton suggested Trump’s comments are “not a sign of leadership” but a sign of “showmanship, of desperation, that should be rejected roundly by the American people.”
Matthews claimed, “Isn’t this a Republican party problem? That started with Trump’s first arrival on the world stage, as some sort of politician, that it’s ethnic with them. The president of the United States is one of the bad guys, one of the — if not the terrorist, one of the sneaker-iners. He snuck into the country and assumed an identity. It’s pretty sick.”
“Well, it’s very divisive,” Clinton responded. “And I think counterproductive. It undermines our values, who we are as a people. We are a nation of immigrants, which you know so well. And when I hear what’s coming from the other side, and it’s just not one person. There’s an echo chamber there.”
“We should not reward people who use inflammatory rhetoric, who use the kind of derogatory comments, whether it’s about Muslims or Mexicans or women, or people with disabilities, whoever it might be. That is not a sign of leadership. That is a sign of, you know, showmanship, of desperation, that should be rejected roundly by the American people,” Clinton argued.