Hillary spoke live on CNN this afternoon with Chris Cuomo.
Welcoming Cuomo to her hometown, Park Ridge Illinois, Hillary first
addressed the EgyptAir crash, apparently a terrorist attack, and
reinforced her three-pronged approach to fighting terrorism.
whether things are better or worse than when Obama took office, she
cited progress but emphasized that it is important with the immigrant
waves, to get European countries on board with security measures that are
Re: Donald Trump - Hillary said he says harmful things e.g.
barring Muslims. She said his approach is provocative, wrong-headed
(e.g. praising the head of North Korea, criticizing our ally, letting other countries have
nuclear weapons, pulling out of NATO), and potentially dangerous.
said we have been effective in killing the head of ISIS and cutting off
funding to them, but the entire world is listening to what Trump says.
She said that his statements disqualify him. The statements are not
off the cuff. It is a pattern.
about the Nevada convention incident, Hillary said she was very
disturbed by what she saw, but she has confidence that the party will
unify based on the intensity in 2008. She said both she and Bernie Sanders are
following the same rules. Hillary said she was closer to Obama's
numbers by this point in 2008, and 40% of her supporters said they would
not support Obama. She said the differences between her and Sanders
are minimal compared to their differences with Trump.
she reach out to Sanders? She said she has done that many times, and
he must do his part. In 2008 she did her part and so did Barack Obama.
She pointed to the Unity NH trip.
She takes Sanders at his word
that he will fight against Trump. She said she will not get into naming a
VP pick and said Trump will bring them together.
She said again that she is not running against Trump but for the issues she is advocating. Trump can say what he wants but Hillary thinks people want to know what the candidates will do.
the fact that Trump is getting votes, Hillary pointed out that she is
getting more votes. She said she is not worried about what Trump says
about her. She is used to it. She will go after what he says about
other people (e.g. making fun of a disabled person). She does not feel
compelled to defend her honor or her husband's.
the path forward: The party will unify. There will be discussion. She
will do her part to bring Sanders supporters in and then they will
campaign against Trump with a strong compelling case to the American
Hillary feels optimistic about the country. She said the next president must:
1. Provide positive results;
2. Protect America;
3. Unify the country. Hillary believes she can do all three.
does she think her mom would tell her to do facing trump in this
election? She said her mom taught her always to get back up and dust
yourself off when you are facing a bully. Her mom taught her resilience
and the power of love and caring. If you are putting yourself in the
public arena, everything is increased. Hillary feels she is the
recipient of so much from her family and country. She said we are
great. If we work together we can stay great.
It was a good interview. Pivot completed as far as I can see.