Give Hillary Clinton a microphone, and she’ll give you another excuse as to why she didn’t win the presidential election in 2016.
She’ll also throw America under the bus, dismissing the states that voted Trump as racist, sexist, backwards, and lazy.
The former Secretary of State is touring India at the moment, giving speeches and taking in the sights. During one of those speeches, given this weekend at a conference in the country, she told a room full of foreigners that America “did not deserve” to have Trump as President.
Clinton also asserted that she won the better parts of America, which she described as being more “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, (and) moving forward” than the parts that voted for Trump. She claimed the “flyover” states she lost were lazy and didn’t like black people getting rights.
“Look at the map of the United States. There’s all the red in the middle where Trump won. Now I win the coasts, I win Illinois, Minnesota, places like that. But what the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Clinton claimed.
“So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward, and his whole campaign ‘Make America Great Again’ was looking backwards. ‘You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian-Americans are succeeding more than you are — whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.’”
“So it was a symptom, but it was also a cause, because having someone run for president who voices those ideas, who rejects so much of the American story and our values was also the underlying cause as well.”
Clinton called the campaign she lost a “reality TV campaign,” downplayed Trump’s accomplishments in his first term so far, and insinuated Trump colluded with Russia.
“No, we did not deserve that,” Clinton said when asked if the US “deserves” Trump as its leader.
Clinton called the 2016 presidential race the “first reality TV campaign,” and said Trump, as a bombastic “reality TV candidate,” was able to win over enough of the audience to win the election.
Clinton said there is “the phenomenon of disappointment” about economic outcomes, particularly after the 2008 financial crisis, one of three main areas where she said she sees Americans’ fears play out.
Second, she pointed to “a reaction to advancing opportunities and rights for other groups,” citing advancements for African-Americans, the LGBT community and women — and said the third area was “the reaction against immigrants.”
As for Trump’s conduct on the international stage, Clinton pointed to the President’s “affinity for dictators,” including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But when asked if the Russians have anything compromising on Trump, Clinton said, “We’ll find out. Follow the money.”
She made clear later in the discussion that she did not know where the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible coordination with Trump’s team is likely to lead.
“Whether or not it affects him or just people around him, nobody knows,” Clinton said.
Here is video of Clinton’s comments.