Hillary Clinton played mother hen to aspiring politicos “defending our democracy” during a recent training session in New York, where she boasted about her failures and warned of “attacks from inside and outside our country.”
Clinton delivered the remarks at Arena Academy New York, a political action group formed in the wake of her embarrassing defeat to President Trump in 2016. The group recruits and trains candidates and campaign staffers for state and local offices.
The former first lady explained how she supports Arena with cash and connections with her organization, Onward Together, “because we knew that if we didn’t jump in quickly and support the energy that was just exploding, that uh, that we might miss an opportunity.”
“And as I’ve watched what the Arena has done, as well as the other groups that we support, I’m even more encouraged and optimistic,” Clinton said. “But I have to say, quickly, also realistic about what we’re up against.”
The short speech soon devolved from praise for Arena for focusing on all types of political races – “everything from city council to county commissioner to DAs, to state legislatures, to secretaries of state who run elections” – to what seemed like a stump speech, rallying her audience around the dark forces allegedly conspiring against them in 2020.
It’s important “aiming at 2020, to try to make sure that we are as prepared, as focused to deal with all of the challenges that, um, all of our candidates running for Congress and certainly for the White House are going to face,” she said.
Most Democrats vying to take on Trump in 2020 have sought out Clinton’s sage advice, she claimed, and Clinton simply explained how the election is rigged against them.
“I’ve met with, or talked to, oh, I don’t know, 18 or so of the candidates running and I’ve told all of them, uh, that, based on my own experience, um, you could not only win the nomination, um, you could win the popular vote but,” she said as the crowd erupted into laughs and hollers, “but not get the job because of all these other forces and activities at work.”
Voter suppression, propaganda attacks, and tomfoolery with election equipment are all tactics “that are going to be even worse coming up in 2020,” which means Democrats “have to be 10 times as good,” Clinton claimed.
She framed 2020 as a “defense of democracy.”
“Just keep in mind that what you are doing is truly putting yourselves on the front lines of a defense of democracy,” Clinton said. “Yes, you are also defending progressive values. You are standing up for progressive issues. You are trying to change leadership and citizenship so people understand what’s at stake and feel empowered. You’re doing all of that.
“But at the end of the day you are defending our democracy against attacks from inside and outside of our own country,” she said. “And if we never knew how important it was we were certainly reminded with the horrors of El Paso and Dayton, that’s a town in Ohio.
“The horrors of the massacres there and the refusal of the other party to step up and take responsibility for keeping people safe is outrageous,” Clinton said. “And what we have to do is elect people who will put people first, not the NRA, not the other special interests, not all of the groups that are with their hands out in Washington, and Albany and everywhere else.”
The comments follow Clinton’s close engagement in the 2020 election and top political issues, often taking on Trump on Twitter and in public addresses in the U.S. and abroad.
While the twice-failed presidential candidate was most recently spotted on vacation wearing a giant mumu shirt and bonnet, her recent national speaking tour and political posturing has led some to speculate Clinton could be pondering a third run in 2020.
Clinton herself has also said she’d “still like to be president.”
Clinton’s comments about election interference and disinformation ironically come amid a public Twitter spat with Dr. Robert Epstein, a world renowned psychologist and former Clinton supporter.
#Hillary: If my work has been “debunked,” why was it included in a volume just published by #Oxford U.? Why have I been invited to speak about it at prestigious venues worldwide: #Stanford U., #Yale Law School (where both you & Bill went), even our #Senate (where you served)? pic.twitter.com/rmMeB1oJn3
— Dr. Robert Epstein (@DrREpstein) August 20, 2019
Epstein testified before Congress in July that Clinton’s biggest campaign donor, Alphabet – parent company of Google, steered a “rock bottom minimum” of 2.6 million votes – and up to 10.4 million – to Hillary in 2016 through “invisible” tactics including “the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect and a number of others,” The American Mirror reports.
Epstein also testified that Google, Facebook, Twitter and other Big Tech companies will continue the interference next year to benefit a preferred candidate.
“In 2020, if all these companies are supporting the same candidate there’s 15 million votes on the line that can be shifted without people’s knowledge and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace,” he told a subcommittee for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“… In 2020, you can bet that all these companies are going to go all out,” he said. “And the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences and I’ve been in the behavioral sciences for almost 40 years.”
Clinton claimed Epstein’s research is “debunked” in response to a tweet from Trump highlighting the data. The lie prompted the esteemed academic and former editor of Psychology Today to unleash a torrent of tweets setting the record straight and calling Clinton out for her intentional disinformation.