Hillary Clinton has dismissed the first day of the Republican National Convention as a “surreal” experience – and compared the gathering led by Donald Trump to the classic fantasy film The Wizard of Oz.
The presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful told an audience of 6,000 people in Las Vegas: “There were similarities that appeared to me. Lots of sound and fury – even a fog machine.
“But when you pull back the curtain, it was just Donald Trump with nothing to offer to the American people.”
Mrs Clinton’s comments came as Republicans meet in Cleveland for the second day of their national convention, where delegates are expected to officially select Mr Trump as their party’s nominee for the autumn election.
Speaking to long-standing Democratic allies, Mrs Clinton noted Mr Trump’s shadowy appearance before he introduced his wife, Melania Trump, but made no mention of allegations that she lifted passages of her speech from first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 address.
Mrs Clinton noted that viewers heard a lot about Mrs Trump and her husband, but “not a single solution” that would help workers and their families.
The former secretary of state was addressing 6,000 members of AFSCME, a union representing 1.6 million public sector workers which endorsed Mrs Clinton’s presidential tilt last October.
She pointed to ongoing struggles with Republican governors in the American Midwest, accusing Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a former Republican presidential hopeful, of ripping “the heart out of public sector workers’ right to bargain”.
In Illinois, she accused governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican elected in 2014, of “holding the budget hostage for months”, hurting families and demanding “outrageous concessions” to fix a multibillion-dollar deficit.
She also warned that Donald Trump would undercut the Dodd-Frank Act passed six years ago this week by US Congress in response to the financial crisis.
Mrs Clinton said that Mr Trump wanted to “tear up Dodd-Frank and let Wall Street run wild again”.