Hillary Clinton used her commencement address on Friday at her alma mater Wellesley College to skewer President Donald Trump, even appearing to draw a parallel to the disgraced presidency of Richard Nixon that she experienced as a graduating student in 1969.
“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 said. The line drew fierce applause from the graduating students and attendees of the private women’s liberal arts school in Massachusetts.
“After firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice,” Clinton continued. “But here’s what I want you to know. We got through that tumultuous time, and once again we began to thrive as our society changed laws and opened the circle of opportunity and rights wider and wider for more Americans.”
Clinton returned to Wellesley College on Friday as an alumna of the institution where in 1969 she became the first student commencement speaker and spoke again at a graduating ceremony in 1992.
“I couldn’t think of anyplace I’d rather be this year than right here,” Clinton said, although the failed presidential candidate likely would have preferred to be in the White House.
“You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned,” she conceded. “But you know what? I’m doing OK.”
She also blasted Trump’s presidency for what she called a “full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” jabbing at Trump for insisting the crowd size at his inauguration was record-breaking, despite significant evidence that indicated otherwise.
And regarding the budget Trump’s administration proposed this week, Clinton said the document was distressing for those in need.
"Let’s call it what it is — a con,” she said.