Clinton: Trump Wants to Govern Like Putin

( – Hillary Clinton said former President Donald Trump wants to rule like authoritarian figures such as China’s Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un during an episode of the podcast “Defending Democracy,” which aired on April 19.

Clinton spent the majority of the 45-minute-long podcast focused on Trump and those who support him.

On the podcast, hosted by Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, Clinton claimed Trump was “gaga” over leaders such as Putin, who exercise unchecked power, including jailing opposition journalists. Clinton stated that without checks or balances, Trump wants to, like Putin, kill and “imprison his opposition.” She warned voters to see the dangers of Trump’s alleged aspirations. She claimed Trump is modeling himself after leaders such as Putin, adding, “We’ve been down this road in our, you know, world history.” Clinton suggested Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election were similar to a strategy used by Putin.

Clinton noted she was concerned about the potential of a second term for Trump, including that he could withdraw the U.S. from NATO. She called it “a very scary prospect” that he does not care “what happens with Europe” or whether or not Ukraine fails. She contrasted how she negotiated with Putin with Trump’s approach, adding that a second term for Trump could potentially negatively affect global security and politics.

Clinton also called Trump “old,” adding that, despite his age, President Joe Biden is “effective and compassionate.” The oldest sitting president in U.S. history, Biden’s age has been a focus as polling shows voters are concerned about his mental capabilities.

A Trump campaign spokesperson said Clinton’s comments were “delusional” and were a sign of “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” The spokesperson said that Clinton is unable to accept that she lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump and is now attempting “to gaslight the American people into believing” her “warped views.”

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