Is Hillary Clinton running for president, again?
There’s speculation, fueled by CNN pundits and political insiders. Clinton herself said as recently as October that she still wants to be president.
There’s also an odd pattern emerging: Whenever a female candidate announces an intent to take on Trump in 2020, Clinton chimes in with a little reminder that she’s been there and done that.
It happened again on Sunday.
As Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her 2020 campaign for president in California, news emerged about Hillary Clinton contemplating a third shot at the nation’s top office.
“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this,” CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny told “Inside Politics.”
“It does not mean that there’s a campaign-in-waiting, or a plan in the works,” he added.
Zeleny said Clinton believes a 2020 run “could be a possibility,” citing the popular vote in 2016 and ongoing Russia investigation, according to The Hill.
“Most losing presidential candidates never totally close the doors to running for president, something that’s really hard to do,” he said. “But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it.
“She wants to take on Trump,” Zeleny said. “Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don’t know the answer to that.”
Clinton stealing the spotlight during key moments for fellow female Democrats is becoming a trend, with Harris now the third victim of the failed presidential candidate’s “look at me” campaign.
It started when Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts announced the launch of her exploratory committee for a presidential bid on New Year’s Eve. Warren commemorated the occasion with a beer on an Instagram livestream, where she discussed her plans and how amazing she is.
The same day, Clinton posted a picture to Twitter of President Bill Clinton embracing the former first lady and daughter Chelsea on November 5, 1996 – the night of Bill Clinton’s re-election.
I’m grateful to everyone who brought light into 2018: organizers, journalists, candidates, marchers, activists, and voters. Here’s to you. Happy New Year. pic.twitter.com/EHksvIpSXo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 31, 2018
“I’m grateful to everyone who brought light into 2018: organizers, journalists, candidates, marchers, activists, and voters,” Hillary Clinton wrote in the tweet. “Here’s to you. Happy New Year.”
That picture came about a week after Hillary Clinton posted another image of her time in the White House celebrating Christmas.
There was also coincidental timing with Clinton’s Jan. 14 Twitter post.
Like I said: A puppet. https://t.co/BeBfYMJcic
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 14, 2019
“Like I said: A puppet,” she wrote, attaching a clip from a 2016 presidential debate with Trump.
The clip showed Clinton zinging Trump over an allegedly cozy relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and “cyber-attacks against the United States of America.”
The tough-talking Clinton clip came the day before New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand formally announced her presidential campaign on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The five-word message garnered its own USA Today column, which undoubtedly helped to keep the failed presidential candidate front of mind – and in a presidential context – as a potential female challenger emerged.