Hillary Clinton‘s blame game with her campaign memoir has worn thin with Democrats who now wish she would just go away.
The tell-all book scheduled to be released next week documents the former Democratic candidate’s campaign and eventual defeat by President Donald Trump. Excerpts from “What Happened” have revealed Clinton venting at many, including those in her own party, for costing her the White House.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 7, 2017
Though her former rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, brushed off Clinton’s claims that he ended up “paving the way” for Trump to nickname her “Crooked Hillary,” others were not so willing to shrug off her finger-pointing. And many lined up with Sanders’ call for Democrats to “look forward, not backward,” as he told The Hill.
But as the Party attempts to find its identity again in a post-election Trump presidency, many of Clinton’s allies have grown tired of her rehashing the election campaign and blaming everyone but herself for her defeat.
“The best thing she could do is disappear,” a former Clinton fundraiser and surrogate said, according to The Hill. “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.”
With the 2018 midterm elections looming, Democrats are angry that Clinton is more focused on settling scores than working to unite the party with a string message to appeal to voters.
“None of this is good for the party,” a former Obama aide told The Hill. “It’s the Hillary Show, 100 percent. A lot of us are scratching our heads and wondering what she’s trying to do. It’s certainly not helpful.”
Supporters of former candidate Sanders will probably feel more alienated from Democrats with the release of Clinton’s book.
“Democrats, and all voters, can take a look at the two different visions, ably articulated, by the two Democratic finalists,” writer Jonathan Tasini said.
“One person has been out in the country, almost without stopping, since the election rallying people to defend ObamaCare, against tax cuts for the wealthy and for a $15 minimum wage,” the progressive activist said. “The other person, while Trump has been ripping the country apart, has been taking long walks in the woods, drinking chardonnay, hobnobbing with celebrities and writing a book that entirely ignores the failure of the party establishment over a decade or two. People can choose which kind of party they prefer.”
While there was still some sympathy for Clinton, who remains popular in Democratic circles, many agreed she needs to move on.
“I think what people want from her, and what the party needs, is the guidance she can provide in how we proceed in the future,” Texas Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. “But she needs to not worry about what happened in the past.”
“The sooner we stop talking about 2016, all of us on my side, and get to work on the real organizing required for 2018,” Democratic strategist Steve Schale told The Hill, “the better off we will be not only in the midterm elections, but also in 2020.”
That message may be lost on Clinton for now as she makes the rounds promoting her book and her narrative.
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