- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hillary Clinton suggested Wednesday night on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that President Trump doesn’t take his job seriously and that she would have been more at ease if she had lost the election to a more capable Republican.

Mr. Fallon asked the failed Democratic nominee whether she would have felt “different” if she lost the presidential election to a different Republican instead of Mr. Trump.

“I would have. Yeah, I’ve thought about that a lot,” Mrs. Clinton responded. “Look, if I had lost to another Republican — somebody who I disagreed with, but who I thought was temperamentally capable of being president, who would take the job and the awesome responsibility seriously — of course I ‘d be disappointed, but I wouldn’t be so worried about my country and the world as I am now when I see what’s going on every single day.”

The former secretary of state, who just released her new memoir “What Happened” about the 2016 election, said she “can’t help” but analyze the Trump administration and think about what she would do differently, specifically the president’s response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“It’s hard to figure out,” Mrs. Clinton said. “What are the priorities if 3.5 million Americans — and Puerto Ricans are Americans, let’s make sure people remember that — if they aren’t the highest priority of your government in responding to such a terrible natural disaster, what are you people spending your time doing? Golfing? Tweeting? Watching cable TV? I mean, find some time to tell the Navy to get down there and rescue people and provide food and provisions and medical care.”

Mrs. Clinton, who attacked the NRA on Twitter the morning after a gunman killed at least 58 people in Las Vegas, didn’t directly reference the mass shooting on “The Tonight Show,” but she did accuse the Republican Party of being “totally sold to the gun lobby.”

“I can’t believe that one whole political party in the greatest country on Earth is totally sold to the gun lobby and will do whatever they are ordered to do, despite the loss of life,” she said. “One of the first things that Trump signed as president was to reverse President Obama’s order that people with serious mental health problems should not be able to buy guns.

“And so he signed it, and aren’t you happy that people we already know who have mental health problems can now buy guns?” she said. “This makes no sense, and the vast majority of Americans, and the vast majority of gun owners know we need common-sense gun safety measures, so I’m going to keep fighting for it.”

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