“They could vote down Judge Garland, but instead they refuse to act,” Clinton said during an address at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors here. "I think that is part of what is driving the frustration on the part of so many Americans.”
“Instead of solving problems, Washington is too often making them worse,” she said, adding that mayors couldn’t get away with responding to their constituents “with a snarky tweet. You have to deliver results.”
Her comments come as new polls show Clinton leading presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump but also at a time when many Americans are fed up with Washington and don’t see Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state — as a credible agent of change.
In the wake of Britain’s historic vote to exit the European Union, some political commentators have argued that the restive mood of the British electorate mirrors anxieties and frustration in the United States that could play to Trump’s advantage in November.
During her remarks here, Clinton sought to make the episode a liability for Trump, arguing that his reaction to the vote was driven more by his personal and business interests than by what’s good for the United States.
Last week, Trump told reporters in Scotland that a drop in the value of the British pound could help him make money at his Trump Turnberry golf resort. Meanwhile, Americans took big hits in their 401(k)'s amid the global financial uncertainty that followed the vote, Clinton said.
"Our priority now must be to protect American families and businesses from the negative effects of this kind of tumult and uncertainty," Clinton told the mayors. "And that’s why steady, experienced leadership is so important at times like these."
Referring to Trump, Clinton said “bombastic comments in turbulent times can actually cause more turbulence.”
Her campaign makes a similar argument in a new television ad that it said is set to debut this week on cable stations nationally.
Earlier Sunday afternoon, Clinton walked the final four blocks in New York’s pride parade in a symbolic show of her support for same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights.
Clinton was joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Also on hand were actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her “Sex in the City” role, and her partner, Christine Marinoni, and celebrity chef and Cuomo girlfriend Sandra Lee.
Clinton joined the route near the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village where rioting in 1969 was instrumental in launching the gay rights movement and that was recently designated a national monument.
Coming in the wake of the mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, spectators and participants at the parade held up "We Are Orlando" signs.
Clinton’s unannounced appearance stunned people in the crowd who lined Seventh Avenue.
"Oh, my goodness, that is Secretary Clinton, the next president of the United States of America!" one man along the route exclaimed as she walked by.
Clinton shook hands with onlookers craning their necks over the metal barriers, and chants of "Hillary! Hillary!" followed her.
Clinton first marched in the New York pride parade in 2000, when she was running to represent New York in the U.S. Senate. She participated again in 2006 during her reelection bid.
Clinton did not march in the parade last year but was represented by her daughter, Chelsea.