A noticeably hoarse Hillary Clinton described herself as a threat to entrenched political power in a Thursday interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News.
“I represent a very clear challenge to the status quo, the stereotype of leadership, the challenge to vested power and forces that I don’t think are always in the best interests of our country,” said Clinton.
Clinton then connected her Quixotic self-description to gender, presenting herself as a woman outsider combating widespread political misogyny and anti-woman sexism.
Donald Trump, said Clinton, was aligning himself with all flavors of bigotry.
2016’s presidential campaign season was uprecedented, said Clinton, because of Trump’s “divisiveness, his willingness to engage in bigotry and bluster and bullying, his alliance with hate groups, white supremacist groups, anti-Semitic groups, anti-women, comments, his Islamophobia, [and] negativity towards immigrants.”
Clinton derided Trump’s supporters as subscribing to various bigotries:
“You can take Trump supporters and put them in two big baskets. There was what I call ‘the deplorables’, y’know, the racists, and, y’know, the haters, and the people who are drawn because they think somehow he’s going to restore an America that no longer exists. So just eliminate them from your thinking, because we’ve always had a kind of paranoiac prejudicial element within our politics.”
The second group of Trump’s supporters as per Clinton’s delineation, however, was described as being driven by “fear and anger.” This cohort of Trump’s supporters was belittled as longing for “care” from politicians.
“There is a significant number of people who feel like nobody cares about them,” said Clinton, implying that she cares about these Americans.
The “fear and anger” animating Trump’s supporters was part of a broader global phenomenon, said Clinton, connecting it to Brexit. These phenomena were products of a “rise of far-right nationalistic parties and democracies,” said Clinton.
Attempting to cast herself as pro-Israel, Clinton expressed her commitment to preserving Israel’s “qualitative military edge” relative to regional Muslim-majority states. A military edge, however, is useless without the ability and will to leverage it where necessary
Clinton did not call for loosening American pressure on Israeli politics or military operations in pursuit of appeasing “Palestinians” and their allies. Also ignored was American taxpayer funding of Islamic terrorism via both direct and indirect aid to the Palestinian Authority and affiliated Muslim-Arab groups.
Clinton played down reports of strained relations between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I honestly believe no administration has done more for the security of Israel than the Obama Administration,” said Clinton. “I was proud to be a part of that.”
“Putting a lid on Iran’s nuclear program has made Israel safer,” asserted Clinton, heralding the nuclear deal with Iran.
ISIS, said Clinton, is praying for a Trump presidency.
“Trump has made Islam and Muslims part of his campaign, and basically, the Jihadists see this as a great gift. They are saying, ‘Oh, please Allah. Make Trump president of America.'”
Watch the full interview below.
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