Hillary Clinton Escalates War with Donald Trump: "He Has No Idea What's Best For Women"

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Hillary Clinton ripped into Donald Trump on Friday, calling him out for trying to repeal abortion rights and opposing equal pay for women in her first major speech since clinching the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.

Clinton made the speech at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund's national conference in Washington, D.C., where she focused exclusively on reproductive rights and women's equality — and paid homage to her history-making candidacy as the first female nominee of a major political party.

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"Donald assures us as president, he'll be, and I quote again, 'The best for women,' and then wants to defund Planned Parenthood and wipe out safe, legal abortion," Clinton said. "He has no idea what's best for women."

Hillary Clinton appears with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on Friday.
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In her speech, Clinton sought to paint Trump as a grave threat to women's rights.

"Anyone who would so casually agree to the idea of punishing women like it was nothing to him, the most obvious thing in the world, that's someone who doesn't hold women in high regard because if he did, he would trust women to make the right decisions for ourselves," Clinton said.

And she also attempted to tie the entire Republican Party to some of his unpopular statements, including his suggestion that women who have abortions should face "some form of punishment." 

"Have you ever noticed that the same politicians who are against sex education, birth control and safe and legal abortion are against policies that would make it easier to raise a child like paid family leave? They are for limited government everywhere, except when it comes to interfering with women's choices and rights."

She also warned voters not to write off Trump's rhetoric, quoting the late poet Maya Angelou, who said "when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

"He's called women pigs, dogs and disgusting animals," Clinton said.

"Do we want to put our lives, our futures, in Donald Trump's hands?" she added. "These questions are not hypothetical, every woman and everyone who cares about women will answer them when they vote in November." 

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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