Clinton stumps in Kent

KENT — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pushed for a stronger, more united nation while also denouncing her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, during a campaign stop Monday at Kent State University.

Clinton took to the stage inside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center around 2:30 p.m. The event was hosted by the College Democrats at KSU.

Trump supporters lined the roadside after the Clinton rally, showing their support for the Republican.

Clinton centered much of her speech around national security and the threat she says Trump poses to that security if elected.

“When dozens of retired nuclear launch officers publicly state that Donald Trump should not have his finger on the button, it’s a problem,” Clinton said. “Donald has repeatedly suggested more countries have nuclear weapons and he must not realize or care that the more nuclear material there is in the world, the more likely terrorists are to get their hands on it.”

Clinton said Trump does not know the damage he can inflict if he is careless with such weaponry.

“I wonder if he knows that a single nuclear warhead can kill millions of people?” Clinton said. “These are weapons today far more powerful than the bombs used in World War II.

“We’ve seen how poorly he handles himself when faced with challenging questions during this campaign so imagine how he would face challenges in the Oval Office when he is told things he doesn’t want to hear.”

Clinton said she was upset by Trump’s behavior during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“As the world watched in horror as the twin towers fell, he called in to a New York television station and couldn’t stop himself from pointing out that now, because the twin towers had fallen, a building he owned was the tallest in lower Manhattan,” she said. “That’s someone who should never set foot inside of the Oval Office.”

She said Trump likes to pick fights with the nation’s friends, such as the president of Mexico and British prime minister.

“He praises the Chinese government for massacring protestors. He has repeatedly suggested he would abandon our allies in Europe and Asia,” she said.

“He’s called NATO obsolete. NATO is the greatest military alliance in the history of the world. Another thing to consider is his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He’s even said Putin is a stronger leader than President Barack Obama,” she said.

Clinton urged Ohio voters to consider national security issues when casting their ballots.

“Think about what is takes to lead and how we want to secure the safety of our country, children and grandchildren and who is best prepared to do that,” she said. “There’s another vision for America and instead of being dark, it’s hopeful. It’s big-hearted, not small-minded. It’s about building each other up and not tearing each other down.”

Bugel writes for the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier.