In an interview on Wednesday, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made some surprising remarks about her own party, in what feels like yet the next iteration of her reflection on the 2016 election against Donald Trump.
Clinton’s remarks specifically were towards her own party base, and their apparent lack of enthusiasm with her as a candidate. Speaking as part of the Shared Leadership Summit, Clinton spoke with Alan Murray, CCO of Time Inc. Brands.
The comments were published by The Daily Beast, the chief take away of Clinton’s talk seems to be about her admission as a capitalist, saying “It’s hard to know but I mean if you’re in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I’m asked ‘Are you a capitalist?’ and I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.’ You know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a capitalist!’”
Clinton was referring to her victory over Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Iowa Caucus, a narrow victory that marked her primary campaign as vulnerable. Clinton’s primary fight against Sanders was almost as close as the contest with former President Barack Obama in 2008, where Clinton narrowly lost.
The comment drew criticism, and glee, from Republican groups, though the idea isn’t perhaps so condescending as it appears. Earlier in the conference Clinton made the remark, “The reputation of capitalism is pretty much in tatters for young people,” which seems to indicate she has some perspective about the climate of the nation, and isn’t just laying barbs for more groups she felt slighted her campaign.
It, perhaps, won’t do Clinton’s reputation much good when the final part of her observation about the socialists in her party was that they were too incensed to see things rationally and vote for her.