Hillary Clinton’s speech on foreign policy on June 2 took aim at Donald Trump by mocking the presumptive nominee’s lack of experience and unfamiliarity with world affairs.
Trump hit back, tweeting midway through the speech that it was a “bad performance” and that Clinton “doesn’t even look presidential.”
Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the telepromter! She doesn’t even look presidential!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2016
But that was just the beginning.
First, during a rally in San Jose, California Trump responded to Clinton’s characterization that he was “not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes” because of his “thin skin”:
“I watched Hillary’s thing today was which was hard… Crooked Hillary said, ‘Oh, Donald Trump, his finger on the button.’ I’m the one that didn’t want to go into Iraq, folks, and she’s the one that stupidly raised her hand to go into Iraq and destabilize the entire Middle East,” Trump said.
The presumptive Republican nominee also argued that his temperament was much better suited to be president.
“Now she’s saying, ‘Donald Trump, do you trust him with the nukes?’ Let me tell you. My temperament is so much tougher and so much better than her temperament,” Trump said.
“And by the way, we need a tough temperament. All of these countries that are our allies—she talks about our allies—our allies think we’re very stupid people.”
He mocked Clinton’s use of a teleprompter, speech delivery, and compared her speech to a sleep aid:
“It’s like taking Sominex. To watch her is like Sominex. You ever hear of Sominex? Sleep all night. It’s hard to stay awake,” he said.
“I think she could make more money if she made speeches and sold them for people that can’t sleep. It was hard.”
Trump finished his critique of the Democratic frontrunner with his self-described “counter-punch,” calling for Clinton’s incarceration on account of her ongoing email scandal:
“And remember I said I was a counter-puncher?” Trump said.
“I am. After what she said about me today and her phony speech. That was a phony speech. That was a Donald Trump hit job. I will say this. Hillary Clinton has to go to jail. She has to go to jail.”