Hillary Clinton told a crowd of graduates on Friday that President Trump will soon be impeached, due to the fact that he obstructed justice by firing FBI chief James Comey.
Speaking at Wellesley College to deliver a 2017 commencement address, Clinton compared Trump’s upcoming impeachment to that of President Richard Nixon – forgetting to mention that Nixon was never actually impeached, he resigned.
“We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice,” Clinton told the crowd, before they erupted into cheers and applause.
Then she brought up Nixon:
Daily Mail reports: Both were obvious shots at Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey in the midst of an agency probe of Russian meddling in the U.S. elections. The move brought parallels to Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when Nixon got rid of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
As she addressed students, Clinton also pointed to the evolution of ‘authoritarian’ regimes, in a criticism of Trump’s constant attacks on the media and his critics.
‘When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society,’ she warned. ‘That is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done.’
‘You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,’ she told graduates, referencing White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s defense of ‘alternative facts.’
In yet another shot at Trump, Clinton said: ‘Some were even denying things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds.’
‘We got through that tumultuous time,’ she told the students, as she described the social conflicts during the late 1960s when she graduated.
‘We revved up the engine of imagination and innovation. We turned back a tide of intolerance and embraced inclusion,’ she said.
‘It was millions of ordinary citizens, especially young people, who voted, marched and organized’ to bring changes, she said.
Clinton served as a young staffer when the House Judiciary drew up articles of impeachment against Nixon and investigated his actions during Watergate.
She didn’t mention that her husband Bill Clinton was impeached during his second term, in an event that brought blowback for the Republicans who went after him.
Clinton began with remarks about the ‘amazing futures’ of school grads. She encouraged them to seek office and take other steps to make the world better.
It didn’t take long for her to break into a coughing fit, something that happened frequently during her campaign.
‘And I’ve gotta get a lozenge,’ she said, as the crowd clapped in support.
‘Whatever your path, you dreamed big,’ she told graduating students.
Back in 1969, Clinton spoke about the push and pull of politics to fellow graduates of her school.
‘We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible,’ she said. ‘And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.’
Even as she went after President Trump by alluding to crimes, she also made light of her defeat.
‘You may have heard that things didn’t go exactly the way I’ve planned. But you know what, I’m doing okay,’ she said to laughs.
‘I’ve gotten to spend time with my family, especially my amazing grandchildren,’ she said.
‘Long walks in the woods … Organizing my closets … I won’t lie, Chardonnay helped a little too,’ she quipped.
Clinton brought up her ‘Onward together’ PAC, but provided little information about how it would work. She said it would involve recruiting candidates and other organizing.