Hillary Clinton took some swings at Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who derided Mexican immigrants as he launched his campaign earlier this week.
A recent entrant into the presidential race said some "very inflammatory things about Mexicans," Clinton said Thursday in an interview with KNPB's Jon Ralston in Las Vegas.
In Trump's announcement speech on Tuesday, the billionaire real estate mogul described Mexicans as bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. "They're rapists," he said.
Clinton didn't mention Trump by name, though the implication was clear. "That's not acceptable. You don't talk like that on talk radio. You don't talk like that ... on political campaigns," she said. "I think he is emblematic. "It's not about him, it's about everybody."
The former secretary of state also added more nuance to her position on trade and shifted slightly to the left during the interview, telling Ralston she wouldn't have voted to grant President Barack Obama "fast track" authority in trade negotiations if she were still in the Senate. "At this point, probably not, because it's a process vote and I don't want to say it's the same as TPP," she said, referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"Right now, I'm focused on making sure we get trade adjustment assistance, and I certainly would not vote for it unless I were absolutely confident we would get trade adjustment assistance."
Though Clinton sounded like she was criticizing Obama's negotiating style when she suggested Sunday that he should listen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's concerns about the trade negotiations, Clinton denied that she thinks the president has mishandled the process. "I think the president has a hard hand to play," she said.
Clinton's comments on Trump came after offering slightly more veiled criticism during a midday speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials when she said she was taking a stand, "right here and right now, against divisive rhetoric that demonizes immigrants and their families. It’s wrong, and no one should stand for it."
She added: "We are blessed to live in a tolerant and generous nation. We should celebrate those values and model them in our own lives, and in our politics. This ultimately is about how we treat each other. What kind of country and world we want to live in. It’s about the habits of our heart, which lie at the real foundation of who we are as a nation."