While we are now over two years removed from Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win and electoral college defeat in the 2016 presidential election, the former first lady and secretary of state continues to criticize the other side as if she is still on the campaign trail.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian this week, Mrs. Clinton attacked Fox News, the GOP, and president Trump in what may be her harshest words yet since leaving the campaign trail.
Clinton compared the president to authoritarians of the past, stating that she is “quite a student of authoritarian regimes and how they manipulate and control people.”
She then continued, “[Trump] is someone who craves dominance over any situation he finds himself in. He craves adulation, flattery, all of which fit the profile of leaders we can remember from the past.”
Hillary then explained how Trump creates the alternative realities that so many people believe, by utilizing Fox News.
“One of the ways you do that is by consistently attacking the press. Now [Trump] doesn’t attack Fox News, because they’re like a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party now. So he attacks the press and the broadcast media that raise questions about him, that don’t give him fidelity and loyalty. That he was on the front page of the New York Times is more important to him that any substance because he thinks he can defeat substance, which he has proven successful in doing.”
Later in the interview Clinton returned to attacking Fox News, saying: “You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen’, ‘Something terrible did happen’, ‘These people are doing all these awful things’. It is totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda. I don’t know the best way to puncture that. You have to hope that reality catches up with politics and entertainment at some point.”
Mrs. Clinton clearly appeared to let it all loose in this interview, as she seemingly held back no punches and spoke with her heart. Some of her harshest criticism came near the end of the interview when she discussed Trump’s dogwhistle rhetoric, which catered to leaders of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as Trump’s bigotry and anti-immigrant discourse.
“He was, from the very first day of his campaign, raising the spectre of criminal immigrants and the like. So the anti-immigrant piece coupled with things that he said, the kind of people who supported him, former Ku Klux Klan members and the like, the message that we called the dog whistle, was incredibly loud. It was: ‘I’m on your side because I don’t like the same people you don’t like. Or at least I’m going to say I don’t and that counts for something,’ Clinton explained.”
The full interview can be seen here.