- New York 06/03/2016 by Linda Perry (WBAI News)
In a foreign policy address, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton shot back at Donald Trump, who has been calling her crooked Hillary, with a series of attacks on his ability to lead the nation.
"This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin. We cannot put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America. This is a man who said that more countries should have nuclear weapons, including Saudi Arabia."
Clinton Foundation donors from Saudi Arabia got weapons deals from Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State and the U.S. continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Clinton spoke in San Diego, California in advance of next week’s California primary.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders getting into the debate over foreign policy between Clinton and Trump released a statement saying he agrees with Clinton that Trump's foreign policy ideas are "incredibly reckless and irresponsible." And Sanders continues to call out Clinton for her roles in international affairs. He says "we cannot forget that Secretary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in modern American history." Sanders adds that Clinton has been a proponent of regime change, "as in Libya, without thinking through the consequences."
Meanwhile USA Today released a report on Thursday citing about 3,500 legal actions involving Trump, including 1,900 where he or his companies were a plaintiff and about 1,300 in which he was the defendant. The report found that due to his branding value, "Trump is determined to defend his name and reputation." Also as Trump’s business dealings unfold manuals previously confidential show that Trump University encouraged high-pressure sales tactics and recognized it faced legal risks.
Earlier this week, a judge unsealed the documents as part of a class action lawsuit filed by former students of Trump University, Trump's real estate seminar company. The manuals encourage aggressive sales tactics and also advise staff on how to deal with prosecutors investigating Trump's business. Trump University stopped operating in 2011. It is being investigated by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In an interview on Good Morning America on Thursday, Schneiderman said, "We have a law against running an illegal, unlicensed university. This never was a university."
House Speaker Paul Ryan who withheld support for Trump now says he's going to vote for him. The Wisconsin Republican declared his support in a newspaper column published Thursday afternoon. John Nichols with the Nation tweeted "No one's done more to legitimize @realDonaldTrump's candidacy than @SpeakerRyan. Now, he's ripped the heart out of the #NeverTrump movement." The Washington Post's editorial on Friday says "Mr. Ryan’s endorsement of Trump: A sad day for the GOP — and America."
There is a petition online at rootsaction.org which urges media not to suppress the vote on Tuesday evening by "making the false and anti-democratic declaration that the Democratic nominee has been determined — unless a candidate has actually won 2,383 pledged delegates." It says, "Clinton can't reach a delegate majority unless 'superdelegates' vote, and they can't vote until July."
In other news Ramarley Graham’s family is still looking for justice. Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, and other police reform advocates marched from the Bronx, where the 18 year old was killed in his home by police officer Richard Haste, to NYPD headquarters in Manhattan.
New York City police officials say it is too soon to say whether officer Richard Haste will face internal charges but that shooting happened back in 2012. First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said Thursday that the case against Officer Richard Haste is still being reviewed. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he would not prejudge the outcome of the New York Police Department's internal proceedings.
Federal prosecutors declined to file civil rights charges against Haste. The officer said he thought Graham was reaching for a gun. There was no gun..