Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday that Hillary Clinton should be sent to jail for her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state.
“Folks, honestly, she is guilty as hell,” Trump said at a rally in San Jose. “Hillary Clinton has to go to jail.”
Trump's comments were among his sharpest in an escalation of words between the candidates ahead of California's June 7 primaries. Earlier Thursday, Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, delivered a blistering critique of Trump on foreign policy and said he was “unfit” to be president.
“She does not look presidential, that I can tell you,” Trump said. “This is not a president. Four more years of this stuff and we're not going to have a country left.”
Clinton, who served as the top American diplomat from 2009 to 2013, has called her use of a private e-mail server instead of using only the government’s system a “mistake.” Clinton's campaign says her e-mail practices followed those of her predecessors and that she did nothing wrong.
In a report issued last week, the State Department’s inspector general said use of that server violated its rules. Clinton faces a separate Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
State Department officials have said more than 2,000 of the messages Clinton turned over to the department after she left office contained classified information, with top-secret information appearing in 22. However, no material was labeled as classified when the e-mails were sent or received.
“The fact that they even let her participate in this race is a disgrace to the United States,” Trump said. “It's a disgrace to our nation.”
Earlier in the day, speaking in San Diego, Clinton mocked his past statements as “dangerously incoherent” and said his policy pronouncements are “just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”