Hillary Clinton is making Democrats uneasy, and they want her to move on already. The former presidential nominee isn’t hiding anymore, sharing her struggles since losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump. Her candid reflections are angry in tone, blaming a variety of things for the political upset. Clinton blames former FBI Director James Comey for announcing at the end of October that the FBI was going to resume its investigations into her private email server and suspects the fact that she’s a woman held her back from becoming the first female president. She also says she essentially won the election because she had three million more popular votes than Trump.
The Hill interviewed several DNC figures, and they’ve grown weary of Clinton and her drawing attention to how she believes she lost the election. Several Democrats fear Hillary Clinton is doing more damage to the party than helping it and want her to gracefully stop talking about the one thing they want to put out of everyone’s mind.
One longtime aide of Clinton’s watched her discussion at the Recode conference in California last Wednesday, noting that she’s “apparently still really, really angry.” The aide continues that everyone is angry about the election, but to for Hillary to “go out there publicly again and again and talk about it? And then blame the DNC? It’s not helpful to Democrats. It’s not helpful to the country, and I don’t think it’s helpful to her.”
Former Obama aides are also confounded about Clinton’s strategy, and that’s especially true about her remark that she “inherited nothing from the Democratic Party.” She branded it “bankrupt.” A former senior aide to Obama isn’t pleased with Hillary Clinton for seemingly betraying the last Democratic president, saying that if she’s “trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she’s achieving it.” The aide went on to say that part of the problem for Clinton’s campaign was that she “didn’t have a vision for the Democratic Party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.”
— The Hill (@thehill) June 4, 2017
Hillary’s insight is coming at a terrible time when the Democratic party is in shambles and needs new blood to lead the way. Barack Obama is helping to inspire a new generation of leaders to thrive in the party. He hasn’t completely stepped out of the spotlight, but is far less visible politically than Clinton. He did speak out against Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement — insisting that the president is “rejecting the future.”
The former Obama aide thinks that Hillary’s “newsy, aggressive” approach is alienating those who may otherwise come forward to help lead the party.
Democratic stategists Brad Bannon and Jamal Simmons agree that Clinton blaming everyone but herself isn’t serving the party well whatsoever. She has made some statements accepting some responsibility, but places the majority of fault on Comey, being a woman, and possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
Bannon thinks maybe Clinton has more of a personal strategy than a professional one because she has a book coming out soon. Simmons thinks she ought to talk more about what she did wrong. As a former aid to Al Gore, Simmons understands the somber aftermath following an election loss that came so close. He revealed that Gore went to Europe, grew a beard, and let the past stay where it was.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 4, 2017
Will Hillary Clinton continue airing her grievances in forums around the country? In doing so, she’s not winning much support and her party now perceives her as a has been.
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