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At Wellesley, Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump and Invokes Nixon Resignation

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Hillary Clinton never named him, but she excoriated him.

马萨诸塞州韦尔斯利——希拉里·克林顿(Hillary Clinton)没有指名道姓,但她严厉谴责了他。

Speaking at the Wellesley College commencement on Friday, she alluded to Donald Trump, the man who defeated her for president, again and again. Clinton referred to an “assault on truth and reason,” lambasted Trump’s proposed budget, and drew parallels to Richard Nixon and his ultimate fate, resignation from office under a threat of impeachment.

在韦尔斯利学院(Wellesley College)周五举行的毕业典礼上,克林顿不止一次地间接提到唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)——那个击败她当上了总统的人。克林顿提到“对事实和理性的攻击”,狠批了特朗普的预算案,并拿理查德·尼克松(Daniel Nixon)及其最终的命运做类比,即在弹劾的威胁下辞职。

These days, she said, those in power are discarding reality in favor of inventing their own facts, which, she warned, could lead to the beginning of the end of a free society.


“That is not hyperbole,” she said. “It is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done” — attempting to control everything from budgets to thoughts.

“这并不夸张,”她说。“纵观历史,独裁政权都是这么做的” ——试图控制一切,不管是预算,还是人们的思想。”

The graduates at Wellesley, Clinton’s alma mater, cheered her thunderously and treated her like a returning hero, if not one who had conquered, at least one who in their eyes remained unbowed.


But she was not finished laying out her critique of the current political culture.


“There is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” she declared. “People denying science, concocting elaborate hurtful conspiracy theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors, drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor, turning neighbor against neighbor and sowing division at a time when we desperately need unity.”


Pausing, she added: “Some are even denying things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds.”


Pointing to the administration’s proposed budget, she called it “an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us.” She said it “grossly underfunds public education, mental health and even efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”


If the particulars of her words seemed pointed, the core of her message to the graduates was broad: Get involved and persevere. Harness your anger, she advised them. Stand up for truth and reason — not just privately, but also in public. Even run for office, she said. It may not be for everyone, she conceded, “but it’s worth it.”


She also told them that it was fine to change their minds from time to time: “Take it from me — the former president of the Wellesley College Young Republicans.”


For Clinton, the stage was a familiar one. She began her political career here almost a half-century ago.


“I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather be this year than right here,” she began, opening her speech on a somewhat wistful note.


“You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned,” she said. “But you know what? I’m doing OK.”


It is hard to imagine a more fitting place than Wellesley for Clinton, 69, to reflect on her life’s trajectory. The college’s commencement has served as her platform twice before at major turning points in her life.


It was here in 1969 that a 21-year-old Hillary Rodham, the president of her class with a freshly minted degree in political science, was chosen by her classmates to be the first student to deliver a speech at commencement.

第一次是在1969年,21岁的希拉里·罗德姆(Hillary Rodham)刚刚拿到政治学学士学位,作为班长的她被同学们选中,成为在毕业典礼上发言的第一名学生。

And in 1992, during her husband’s first campaign for president — when she raised hackles for sounding more like a running mate with opinions and ambitions than an acquiescent wife — she spoke again at the Wellesley commencement.


Before Clinton spoke on Friday, Tala Nashawati, this year’s student speaker, who is a daughter of Syrian immigrants, addressed the graduates. In homage to Clinton, she encouraged her classmates to “break every glass ceiling that still remains.”

周五,在克林顿发表演讲之前,今年的学生发言者、叙利亚移民的女儿塔拉·纳沙瓦提(Tala Nashawati)首先给毕业生们做了演讲。她向克林顿致敬,鼓励她的同学“打破依然存在的所有玻璃天花板”。