Hillary Clinton has called on Democrats to “do a better job” of selling out to America’s voters to avoid humiliation in this year’s midterm elections, where Republicans are expected to perform strongly and will likely Take control of Congress.
The former Democratic presidential candidate spoke candidly on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, saying she thought the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer was detrimental to Joe Biden. The US president’s approval ratings have plummeted in recent weeks to the lowest level since he took office.
“I don’t think it helped, that’s obviously the case,” Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state, told host Chuck Todd when asked if she thought Biden’s political troubles started with Afghanistan.
“But there are a lot of good achievements to put on the board. And Democrats in office and out need to do a better job of making the case.”
“The best policy is to do the best job you can do. And there is a lot for Democrats to talk about in these upcoming midterm elections. We have a great story to tell. And we have to go out there and do a better job of telling it.”
Clinton believes Democrats are holding themselves back through constant introspection, which she said “is always the chorus in Democratic Party politics.”
“Hand wringing is part of the Democratic DNA. That seems to be in fashion whether we are in or out of power. We are in power and there is still hand wringing,” he said.
“But from my perspective, President Biden is doing a very good job … his handling of Ukraine, the passage of the US rescue package, the huge infrastructure package.
“I’m not quite sure what the disconnect is between the achievements of the administration and this Congress, and the understanding of what has been done, and the impact that will have on the American public, and some of the polling and the ongoing hand . twisting.”
Clinton also criticized Republicans, whom she said were experiencing “an even bigger disconnect” than her own party.
Democrats, he said, must “stand up to the other side with their insanity and their calls for impunity and the insanity that we hear from them. Frankly, I don’t think the average American wants to be ruled by people who live in a totally different reality.”
Todd asked Clinton about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hostile to her when she was Secretary of State under Barack Obama, and whose support for his 2016 presidential opponent Donald Trump some believe was fueled in part for his hatred of her.
“We are seeing very clearly the threat that it represents, not only to Ukraine, as we can see every night on our news, but also to Europe, to the democracy and global stability that we thought we were building in the last 20 years. years,” she said.
“I would not allow Russia to go back to the organizations that it has been a part of. There is a G20 event later in the year. I would not allow Russia to attend, and if they insisted on literally showing up, I hope there will be a significant if not total boycott.”