On June 2, 2016, the 2016 U.S. general election began in earnest. Sure, on the one hand technically Senator Bernie Sanders hasn't dropped out, and on the other hand he's been technically mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination for some time. But former Secretary Hillary Clinton's foreign policy speech in San Diego, which she spent most of attacking Donald Trump, feels very much like a definitive opening move in the brutal, multi-billion dollar chess game that is the general election season.
Up until now, Clinton has largely employed surrogates to attack Trump. Senator Elizabeth Warren has brutally attacked Trump on Facebook not once, but twice. So has Senator Al Franken. Bill Clinton has openly criticized the billionaire on the campaign trail. And there has been plenty of talk about employing whomever her Vice Presidential choice may be, plus Sanders once he drops out, as "attack dogs" against the Trump machine.
That's what made Clinton's speech such a defining moment in the campaign. Here are some choice quotes that demonstrate just how direct her line of attack really was:
“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different; they are dangerously incoherent. They aren't even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies… Imagine him deciding whether to send your spouses or children into battle. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he's angry but America's entire arsenal… The person the Republicans have nominated for President cannot do the job."
Donald Trump, of course, responded with a Tweet attacking Clinton's appearance:
What do you think? Is Clinton right to go after Donald Trump, should she be leaving the attacks to surrogates, or is Trump an immortal perfect creature who should never be subjected to criticism? Let us know!