Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump: ‘I no longer think he’s funny’


YAHOO POLITICS
Michael Walsh
December 11, 2015
Hillary Clinton isn’t laughing anymore.
clinton2_635x250_1449859030Charlie Neibergall (AP).
In an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the Democratic frontrunner said that Donald Trump is no longer funny and that he has gone too far.

“I have to say, Seth, I no longer think he’s funny,” she told the host in an interview that aired early Friday morning. “You know, I think for weeks you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laughter and all of that, but now he has gone way over the line.”

Clinton said the real estate mogul’s recent call to bar Muslims from entering the United States is not only “shameful and wrong” but “dangerous.”

“This latest demand that we don’t let Muslims into the country really plays right into the hands of the terrorists. And I don’t say that lightly, but it does,” she continued. “He’s giving them a great propaganda tool, a way to recruit more folks from Europe and the United states.”

The Trump campaign ignited the media firestorm on Monday when it released a statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until the nation’s representatives can “figure out what is going on.”

According to Clinton, everyone — especially Republicans — should condemn Trump’s comments as intolerable and unrepresentative of the United States.
The comments by the former secretary of state and New York senator echoed a statement she released on Tuesday directed toward Muslim Americans.

“What you’re hearing from Trump and other Republicans is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. It’s inconsistent with our values as a nation — a nation which you are helping to build. This is your country, too. I’m proud to be your fellow American. And many, many other Americans feel the same way,” it reads in part.

“Now is the time for all of us — especially Republican leaders — to stand up to hateful, dangerous words and deeds.”

Many of Trump’s GOP rivals have been among the chorus of politicians condemning the recent proposal all week.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that banning Muslims “doesn’t represent what we are” and would weaken the country.

“This is not what leads to a strong America,” Kasich said. “We have never been strong by focusing on things designed to divided us.”

For instance, former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, on the “Mickelson in the Morning” radio program Tuesday, accused Trump of trampling on the Constitution: “It tramples on our Constitution to say we’re going to have a religious test — we’re going to ban everybody based on their religion.”

Similarly, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that a religious test for entry into the U.S. would violate the Constitution.

“It’s not constitutional to begin with,” Rubio said. “That sort of blanket statement, and he even implied that U.S. citizens who travel abroad who are Muslim wouldn’t be allowed to come back in.”

On Monday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted: “Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie chalked up the ban to Trump’s lack of experience in elective office: “This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about.”

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Friday suggests that a majority of American adults are against the proposed ban.

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