Hillary Clinton has been back in the spotlight lately, promoting her new book. Democrats, though, are not exactly pleased with the tone of her conversation. Much of the press has focused on who Clinton blames for the dramatic and wholly unpredictable upset that gave Donald Trump the win in 2016.
As The Daily Mail writes, “Clinton’s new memoir, ‘What Happened,’ rehashes some of the most charged moments of her historic loss – from her fury at her treatment by Donald Trump on the debate stage to her complains about primary rival Bernie Sanders and TV questioner Matt Lauer.”
While there may be some truth to these allegations, Clinton is seen by many in the party as a distraction. Blaming others, they claim, prevents some from accepting their own roles in the loss.
All of this comes at a time when the party needs unity. The Trump administration is pushing hard to reform immigration, taxation, and other key issues concerning national security. There’s a lot of work that must be done now, and Clinton keeps shifting the lens back a year.
“I’ve always been a looking forward kind of a guy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told Politico.
“Please Hillary, don’t go there. I supported you. Bernie showed restraint & class & ran aspirational campaign. Politics is rough sometimes.” Rep. Jared Huffman tweet.
“There is a collective groan,” Huffman told Politico, “whenever there’s another news cycle about this. Maybe at the worst possible time, as we are fighting some of the most high-stakes policy and institutional battles we may ever see, at a time when we’re trying to bring the party together so we can all move the party forward — stronger, stronger together’ – Clinton’s campaign slogan.”
“She’s got every right to tell her story. Who am I to say she shouldn’t, or how she should tell it? But it is difficult for some of us, even like myself who’ve supported her, to play out all these media cycles about the blame game, and the excuses,” he said.
An unnamed surrogate and fundraiser for Clinton told the Hill, ‘The best thing she could do is disappear. She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f— up and go away.”
Sen. John McCain chimed in, too. “I respect and admire and am a friend of Hillary’s. But with these kind of things that happen in life, you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to quickly move on.”
Clinton even hands the defeat to her own supporters. “I couldn’t help but ask where those feelings of solidarity, outrage and passion had been during the election,” Clinton writes about the post-election women’s march.
“Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for – and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,'” Clinton writes. “I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.”
“I drank my share of chardonnay. Taking a page from the pre-heart attack version of her husband, Clinton says she was ‘splurging on burgers and fries’ and ‘enjoying every bite.”