Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has a new attack dog – Julia Gillard.
In a video released by HillaryClinton.com and paid for by Hillary Clinton for America, the former Australian prime minister offers a sombre, scathing assessment of the recent rhetoric of Clinton’s rivals over the political fence.
Former Australian Prime Minister @JuliaGillard on “cheap and easy statements” to complex foreign policy questions: https://t.co/9od2GxVpbt
— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) December 16, 2015
“Hard words often get really ugly reactions, and there’s a real risk when people are campaigning for office that they use a characterisation that is quick and might play in some constituencies back home, but which does damage that reverberates for years and years,” Gillard says.
“If I was an American, I would want to see the reputation of my country always getting stronger and stronger and never at risk because of cheap and easy statements being injected into complex foreign policy debates.”
Among the Republican Party presidential hopefuls, poll leader Donald Trump has caused the most controversy with his comments labelling Mexicans rapists and calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Even Republicans considered to be hard right-wingers and some of his fellow candidates have derided his remarks as un-American. Max Boot, an adviser to relatively moderate Republican candidate Marco Rubio, Tweeted: “Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.”