Apparently unsatisfied with the myriad excuses she’s offered thus far, Hillary Clinton has once again returned to the public stage to discuss – you guessed it – her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump.
Clinton, who is retired from politics and has no plans to run for public office again, spoke at a conference in India this past weekend and attempted to workshop some new justifications for losing a general election to the most unpopular presidential candidate in history.
At the conference, Clinton claimed that states that voted for her in 2016 were more economically advanced than the states who voted for Donald Trump. (Clinton did not offer any data to support her assertion.)
Clinton then went on to muse that women who did not vote for her might have been influenced by “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should,” a curious and infantilizing argument from an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.
Needless to say, Democrats who still have jobs in politics are not happy to hear from her. One former Clinton aide remarked that Hillary “put herself in a position where [Democrats] from states that Trump won will have to distance themselves from her even more. That’s a lot of states.”
A former senior aide in the Obama White House noted, “If these statements are a form of catharsis, it would be in the Democratic Party’s best interest for her to get these out of her system soon. We need leaders like her to look forward to 2020 and how to unify the party, not continue to re-litigate the past.”
[via The Hill]