After a rousing and rather fierce introduction by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Monday morning, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to the stage at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio to give a speech that was focused on the economy, but which also contained heavy doses of criticism for Republican rival Donald Trump.
At one point in her speech, Hillary slammed Trump’s response to the “Brexit” vote, and dropped in a claim that’s sure to grab headlines, claiming that a Trump presidency has been rated a greater risk than terrorism:
Imagine (Trump) trying to figure out what to do in case of an emergency. So it’s no wonder, is it, that risk analysts listed Donald Trump, a Donald Trump presidency, as one of the top threats facing the global economy. Ahead of terrorism!
That statement is almost too good to check, as they say, but here’s how it stacks up anyway: a few months ago, Politico reported that The Economist Intelligence Unit, a “well-respected global economic and geopolitical analysis firm,” placed a Trump presidency in its top ten global risks, and gave it a “risk intensity” score of 12, equal to that of the risk that “The rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilises the global economy.”
However, Trump’s score has since risen to 16, while the terrorism score has remained at 12, placing a Trump presidency ahead of terrorism on the list, and behind only “China experiences a hard landing.” So Hillary’s statement is true.
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