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Bill Clinton Uses Commencement Address As Opportunity To Take Swipes At Trump

Most public speakers know that there is a time and a place to touch on certain topics. For example, attendees of a college commencement address would expect to hear a message of hope, optimism, and general encouragement for the future. On the other hand, a college commencement address is not necessarily an appropriate forum for a speaker to spout off at the mouth about a political viewpoint that the speaker may hold. Nonetheless, former President Bill Clinton did just that during a speech at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York over the weekend.

As the Daily Mail shares, Clinton has never met a microphone he didn’t like, and it looks like he couldn’t wait to get up there and tell everyone how they should think. He rambled on for quite a while before getting to the real meat of his message: President Trump is completely wrong about immigration, and everything that Clinton feels and believes is one thousand percent correct beyond a shadow of a doubt.

“Does it mean we shouldn't be tough on terrorism committed by Islamic radicals? Of course not,” Clinton said. “But it means we shouldn't go around in a blind stupor mixing apples and oranges and terrifying some of the talented, most devoted people in this country who want to make their contribution and who help make us better because diverse groups make better decisions.”

The reaction was mixed from the assembled crowd. Those that like the Kool-Aid 'Clinton-flavored' ate it up, while those that don’t appreciate being preached at were not pleased.

“Sounded a little bit like a social justice warrior,” shared one attendee.

“Without being political it's still political because of our current president,” added another.

In short, Clinton could find nothing else to talk about in front of the assembled college class, so he resorted to making a spectacle of himself to advance a particular political agenda. It’s a poor look from someone that is a gifted speaker, and it’s safe to say that the majority of the assembled audience wasn’t anticipating a sermon to be delivered instead of an appropriate commencement address.

“I am not arguing for any specific position. I am just trying to say you don't need a world that will put the American experiment… in peril by saying us and them is a better model than by expanding the definition of us and shrinking the definition of them,” Clinton said.

Source: Mail Online
Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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