Last Updated on June 20, 2022
Recently, two-time failed Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did a long, sit-down interview with the Financial Times. During the interview, she covered topics ranging from abortion to her 2016 loss to Donald Trump, to the current war between Russia and Ukraine. Clinton reiterated many of the same points that she has harped on since the 2016 election, but also did express desire with reigning in the far left.
Clinton proved that she learned little from her 2016 campaign in terms of her attitude toward blue-collar Americans. At one point during the interview, she seemed “puzzled” by the pride and nostalgia that coal miners have toward their profession. She got into this subject while discussing how her great-grandfather, a coal miner, immigrated to America from Scotland and settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“Whether they were from West Virginia or Tyneside, their lives were so grim and disease-prone and unhygienic — but the nostalgia for those days. I don’t know,” Clinton told the interviewers.
A central theme of the 2016 election was that many blue-collar Democrats voted for Donald Trump for his rhetoric on trade and immigration, but also because they became so culturally disconnected from the Democrats who purported to have their best interests at heart. Based on the answer she gave, she does not seem to understand the pride toward a family and community heritage that characterizes coal mining families and communities.
Clinton then went on to explain how she believed that abortion restrictions in some red states as well as the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade proves that Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was “prophetic”. “The level of insidious rulemaking to further oppress women almost knows no end,” she added.
The 2016 election was then brought up. She still continues to spread the narrative that the 2016 election was in some ways stolen.
“Literally within hours of the polls closing in 2016, we had so much evidence pouring in about voters being turned away in Milwaukee and not being able to vote in Detroit,” Clinton claimed. She went on to blame the Republican leadership in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, despite the fact that the claims were made about supposed voting issues in Democrat-run cities. As is often the case with the left, the discrepancy between the popular vote and the electoral vote was mentioned. According to the article, Clinton “reminds (the author) that she won the popular vote by nearly 3mn but lost the electoral college by 78,000 votes.”
On the topic of the Russia-Ukraine war, she reiterated the need for NATO expansion, which some say prompted Russia to attack Ukraine. “I always believed in expanding NATO and I find the arguments against that to be naive at best, because what we have seen is proof positive of why it was necessary,” Clinton said, adding that she has “no doubt” Trump would have pulled the United States out of NATO had he won in 2020.
At the end of the interview, the interviewers asked why Democrats are embracing “activist causes” such as transgenderism. Clinton seemed to concur with the premise, adding that if the Democrats alienate people over fringe cultural issues, they’ll lose. She stressed that Democrats must win the next election, though it is unclear whether she means the 2024 Presidential Election or the 2022 midterms. She parrots the popular left-wing point that “democracy” is on the line if Republicans gain power. “Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”