After spending the week assailing the character of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton on Friday warned voters that the Republican presidential nominee is likely to start a war if elected, possibly because he felt insulted by another nation.
Speaking at a rally in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Clinton largely avoided talking about Mr. Trump’s past inflammatory comments about women, or the dozen sexual assault allegations against the billionaire businessman. Instead, she appealed to voters who may feel angry or frustrated with the political system, telling them she understands their anger but that electing Mr. Trump is not the solution.
In fact, the former first lady said, choosing Mr. Trump would have disastrous consequences.
“Imagine how easily it could be that Donald Trump will feel insulted and start a real war, not just a Twitter war at 3 o’clock in the morning,” she said.
Mrs. Clinton’s warning was aimed at Americans still considering a vote for the Republican nominee. She made a direct appeal to those voters, saying that they’d regret backing Mr. Trump.
“People say all the time they want change. Well, we will get change. Change is inevitable. That is certain. The question is what kind of change we will have,” Mrs. Clinton said, going on to tell supporters how to approach friends and family considering voting for Mr. Trump.
“Ask them to search their heart about what kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids,” she said. “Ask them what they care about, and if they say they’re just frustrated or angry, say you understand, but anger is not a plan.”