Hillary Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in commencement speech

Also uses campaign experience to encourage women to stand up for themselves

Hillary Clinton made a public appearance at Wellesley College on Friday, giving a commencement address at her alma mater that took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump and his policies. One of the most inflammatory passages of her address was a comparison between the current Trump administration and the troubled ending to the administration of Richard Nixon, who ended up resigning. Clinton said, “We were furious about the past presidential election, of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with impeachment for obstruction of justice — after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice!” This was of course a reference to Trump recently dismissing FBI director James Comey, who was at the head of the organization investigating Trump associates for improper contact with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Tying it back to the message of hope she tried to impart to Wellesley students, she followed that up with, “Here’s what I want you to know: We got through that tumultuous time.”

In more general terms, Clinton urged graduating students to fight against a highly partisan atmosphere that sometimes eschews facts in favor of narrative. “You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason… You didn’t create these circumstances, but you have the power to change them.” Clinton also leaned on her feminist roots, focusing on the female students in the audience and telling them, “Don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter.” She also made reference to her experience in running against Trump when saying, “In the years to come, there will be trolls galore… They may even call you a nasty woman. Some may take a slightly more sophisticated approach and say your elite education means you are out of teach with real people. In other words, sit down and shut up. Now, in my experience, that’s the last thing you should ever tell a Wellesley graduate.”

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