Hillary Clinton has been talking about the 2016 election a fair amount recently, but she’s finally come out with an announcement about her plans for the election in 2020.
Hillary’s new book is full of what sounds like excuses as to why she didn’t win in 2016, and she’s taking pot shots at everyone, including those who ran in her same party.
“Throughout the primaries, every time I wanted to hit back against Bernie’s attacks, I was told to restrain myself,” Clinton wrote. “Noting that his plans didn’t add up, that they would inevitably mean raising taxes on middle-class families, or that they were little more than a pipe dream – all of this could be used to reinforce his argument that I wasn’t a true progressive. My team kept reminding me that we didn’t want to alienate Bernie’s supporters. President Obama urged me to grit my teeth and lay off Bernie as much as I could. I felt like I was in a straightjacket.”
She also wrote that her top aide, Jake Sullivan, told her that Sanders’ campaign strategy sounded like it was ripped off of the film “There’s Something About Mary,” where a hitchhiker says he has a plan to roll out seven-minute abs to top the famous eight-minute abs.
“That’s what it was like in policy debates with Bernie. We would promise a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept promising four-minute abs, or even no-minutes abs. Magic abs!”
Her attacks brought quite a few people on the left to Bernie’s defense, including Seth Meyers.
“In published excerpts from her new book entitled “What Happened”, Hillary Clinton blames Bernie Sanders for causing lasting damage to her during the primaries that she says paved the way for President Trump’s “crooked Hillary” campaign,” Meyers said. “Hillary Clinton, don’t blame Bernie because Donald Trump called you names, I promise you he was gonna do that anyway… You think Trump needed Bernie’s permission to be an asshole? Assholes don’t ask for permission, that’s what makes them assholes.”
“Bernie is not the reason you lost… you beat Trump by three million votes. If you want to blame something ancient, blame the electoral college,” he added.
“Trump won by saying he was going to build a wall. You should have said you were going to build a stairway to heaven or an escalator to Mars that you were going to make the Martians pay for,” the nighttime television host joked.
What’s Happening Now:
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced over the weekend that she will not be pursuing the presidency in 2020.
“I am done with being a candidate,” Clinton said on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.”
Many in the party are relieved, since this is now her second defeat in a row, and they don’t see the trend changing anytime soon. There are those that also don’t see her attacks against her own party as something that would help bring people together again 4 years down the road.