Friday, June 3, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
|After weeks of criticism from fellow Democrats about her approach to a barrage of insults from Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton drastically changed course on Thursday: Instead of staying above the fray, she took the fight to Mr. Trump.|
|In a speech in San Diego that was billed as a policy address, Mrs. Clinton instead sought to frame the stakes of an election against Mr. Trump, and she pulled no punches. In contrast with most of Mr. Trump’s aides, she called him by his first name. She insinuated that he was mentally instable. And she mocked his frequent use of Twitter.|
|The attack appeared to get under Mr. Trump’s skin, despite his protestations to the contrary. At a rally in California on Thursday night, he said Mrs. Clinton was both sycophantic to President Obama and despising of him, a line of attack that aligns with that of Edward Klein, a conservative author whose books on Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama have been dismissed by critics as including fabrications.|
|Mr. Trump also called Mrs. Clinton, “Lyin’ Hillary,” recycling a nickname he deployed to great effect against Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in the primaries. He added that Mrs. Clinton belonged in prison because of her use of a private email server when secretary of state.|
|The presumptive Republican candidate also put an exclamation point on a recent endorsement from the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, by making an overtly racial remark about the Indiana-born judge of Mexican descent who is overseeing a case against the now-defunct Trump University. Because Mr. Trump wants to build a wall along the border with Mexico, the judge has a “conflict of interest,” the candidate said.|
|The Clinton campaign wasted little time laying out
details before her speech, a victory lap that belies the challenge she
still faces. The speech was forceful, but it is not a case that she will
be able to make just once and move on.|
Monica Almeida/The New York Times
By AMY CHOZICK AND MARK LANDLER
Mrs. Clinton on Thursday unleashed a new attack on Mr. Trump, saying that electing him as president would be a “historic mistake.”
By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
After weeks of apparent reluctance, the House speaker said he was confident that his party’s presumptive nominee would press “our agenda” if elected.
Charles Dharapak/Associated Press
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
The strategist for George W. Bush’s presidential elections and influential Republican fund-raiser had referred to Mr. Trump as “graceless and divisive.”
By ADAM LIPTAK
Mr. Trump shows contempt for the First Amendment, separation of powers and the rule of law, and could set off a constitutional crisis, scholars across the political spectrum say.
By MARK LANDLER
A speech billed as a major foreign policy address ridiculed Donald J. Trump’s positions but had few new insights on key issues.