Hillary Clinton, a two-time unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate, expressed her concerns about President Donald Trump’s influence over the Republican Party, describing it as “frightening.” Clinton shared her thoughts during an interview on MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight.”
The former secretary of state made these remarks in response to a question from Wagner regarding a statement made by Trump’s legal team in court. Trump’s legal team argued that the doctrine of presidential immunity would shield a president who sought to employ SEAL Team Six to eliminate a political adversary.
Wagner asked Clinton:
“As someone who ran for the presidency and won the popular vote, can you even wrap your head around arguing in court that you should be able to assassinate your political enemies using SEAL Team Six?
“How did that argument land with you?”
“He says so many outrageous things that I think a lot of people have stopped listening, and they shouldn’t,” Clinton said.
It is important to highlight that in this instance, Clinton did not provide a direct response to Wagner’s question. The question pertained to a statement made by Trump’s lawyers. However, Clinton chose to criticize Trump and his followers instead.
“They should pay very careful attention to what Trump says because, if they do, they can see the linkage between what he says and what he tries to do.
“In his first term, on many occasions, he was reigned in and even stopped by the people around him, because there were people who he put into an important position who had served in government under prior Republican presidents who understood the rule of law, who understood the constitutional system, and so much more.
“They were able to stop him.
“He will now fill those positions if ever given a chance, which I hope never happens, with people who are totally members of his cult.”
Clinton’s response did not conclude here. Instead, she proceeded to mention the occurrences of January 6, 2021, once again trying to attribute them to Trump.
“I do not say that lightly because when I look at people who I know were horrified by January 6, who were Republicans in the House and the Senate, who have come around to dismissing it and discounting the horror that they themselves felt as they put themselves under desks as they ran down hallways, as they tried to escape the mob coming at them,” Clinton said.
Clinton went on to say how Trump’s support from voters is “frightening.”
“There is something about Trump’s hold on the Republican Party that is frightening,” Clinton said.