Clinton Draws Connections Between Nixon and Trump During Wellesley Speech

May 26, 2017

Hillary Clinton drew unsubtle connections between President Donald Trump and former President Richard Nixon during her commencement speech at Wellesley College on Friday.

Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election, referenced her speech to her class when she graduated from Wellesley in 1969, and tried to draw similarities between then and now.

"What my friends had asked me to do was to talk about our worries and about our ability and responsibility to do something about them. We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30," Clinton said, drawing laughter, "in large part, thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home."

Clinton then made an apparent reference to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and its implications for the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, suggesting Trump would wind up impeached.

"We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants would ever be treated with dignity and respect, and by the way, 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 continued. "After firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice."

The graduating students cheered loudly at the remarks. Nixon was not impeached, although he likely would have been had he not resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

Clinton's husband, Bill Clinton, however, is one of only two presidents ever to be impeached.