"Loose Cannon" and a "Rigged Deal": Trump, Clinton Spar in the Media


"I don’t think we can take a risk on a loose cannon like Donald Trump running our country," Clinton told CNN, while Trump, now the last GOP candidate standing, said, "She can’t put it away."

Following Donald Trump's Indiana win and the withdrawal of GOP candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich on Tuesday night and Wednesday, respectively, the billionaire businessman will now be the party's presidential nominee. And it didn't take long for Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to launch into phase two of their aggressive campaigns.

In a series of TV interviews on Wednesday with CNN, Clinton called Trump a "loose cannon," and focused social media efforts on fundraising to beat Trump, pinning a tweet saying, "Chip in now if you agree we can't let him become president" from her account on Tuesday night through Wednesday.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Clinton said: "I’ve seen the presidency up close from two different perspectives, and I think we know what it takes, and I don’t think we can take a risk on a loose cannon like Donald Trump running our country.”

She pointed to comments she has heard Trump make about other countries getting nuclear weapons (“I think that’s just downright dangerous"), minimum wage being too high (“I think we need to raise the minimum wage") and his infamous comment about women being punished for having abortions ("that is just beyond anything that I can imagine"). 

Cooper commented that "he did walk that back," but Clinton told the CNN anchor that is an example of Trump sidestepping public comments. "He’s a loose cannon," she said. "I’m sure he’ll be scrambling and his advisers will be scrambling, but he’s already said all these things."

She later added that she doesn't feel like she's running against him, instead she's "running to become president."

For Trump's part, he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he was surprised Clinton is close to her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in the polls. "She can’t put it away,' he said. "That’s like a football team that can’t get the ball over the line."

Pointing to Clinton's FBI investigation, Trump said, "She's only going to get the nomination because it's a rigged deal." Adding, "And, frankly, maybe she won't even be able to run. Now, I think she probably will, because I think the Democrats will work it so that nothing happens to her, even though everything happened to other people that did far less." 

Blitzer asked Trump if he still believes the election system to be "rigged," and the candidate agreed, though he thinks he is winning because he "went for the knockout." On the economy, Trump said that he plans to bring more jobs to the country. "Nobody can do that like I can do it. I understand what's going wrong. Hillary doesn't have a clue."