Fox News host Tucker Carlson scoffed in disbelief when a longtime advisor of failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that her final decision regarding the upcoming 2020 race hinges only on whether or not she feels that she boasts the “the best odds” of beating President Donald Trump.
“She ran for president [last time] because she thought she would be the best president,” political consultant Philippe Reines said to the FNC host.
“If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump, I think she would think about it long and hard.”
Listen to the first half of his discussion with Carlson below:
(Source: Fox News)
Reines’ history with Clinton starts as early as 2002 when he reportedly served as the then-New York senator’s press secretary and runs up until at least 2016 when he reportedly helped her prepare to debate then-GOP nominee Trump.
Unconvinced by Reines’ claim, Carlson then asked him whether she might be purposefully avoiding the 2020 race because she thinks she wouldn’t survive the Democrat primary given how far to the left that the party now leans.
“[H]as the Democratic Party changed so much in the last three years that it would be possible for Hillary Clinton to get the nomination? … Maybe she is too right-wing?” he asked.
While the question might sound silly, even former President Barack Hussein Obama has been criticized by some Democrats for allegedly being too far to the “right.”
Reines replied by claiming that Clinton’s reasoning for not entering the race has nothing to do with any “anxiety” over participating in the field.
“She’s not running because she has any anxiety about the Democratic field,” he said. “She really likes a lot of the people running. She knows them well. She thought about some of them for her vice presidency. But there might be a reason that she would be the best person, not only to beat Donald Trump but to govern after Donald Trump.”
But Carlson wasn’t buying it. He noted that Clinton has long been an opponent of Medicare-for-All. While that outlook worked for her in 2016 — in that she still won the Democrat nomination at the time (thanks to cheating by the DNC, mind you) — it may not work as well in 2020.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted two months ago found that “65 percent of Democratic primary voters would be more likely to support a candidate who wants to institute a single-payer health care system like Medicare for All; 13 percent said they’d be less likely to back a candidate based on that support.”
“But it’s not just healthcare,” Carlson continued. “I want to put a quote up.”
He then displayed something Clinton said in 2015 following San Francisco resident Kate Steinle being shot to death by illegal alien José Inez García Zárate:
“If that is not racism, I don’t know what is,” Carlson said after reading the quote.
Was the quote actually racist? Technically, no. But according to the radical standards maintained by the contemporary Democrat Party — whose members have called for tearing down border walls, shutting down illegal alien detention centers and even freeing suspected illegal alien child rapists –, it certainly reeks of racism.
“You think deporting people is racist?” Reines responded in confusion.
“I have personally been denounced as a racist for using the word deport,” the host replied. “You haven’t been following your party recently. That’s racist what she said.”
Clinton is also a transphobe.
“Just last week, she and her daughter Chelsea were hawking another book. This is an interview they did with a British publication, The Sunday Times, and they were asked … can somebody with a beard and a penis ever become a woman?” Carlson explained.
“To which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes, yes, of course.’ To which Hillary looked uneasy and then said this: ‘Errrr … I’m just learning about this. It’s a very big generational discussion because this is not something I grew up with or saw. It will take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defined yourself differently.'”
According to contemporary Democrats standards, those words make her transphobic, Carlson argued.
Reines promptly dismissed this argument as silly, but a cursory glance through Twitter suggests otherwise:
As a mother or a trans teen and spouse of a trans woman, I’m really disappointed by @HillaryClinton’s comments on trans rights. I expected far more understanding from her, but it seems she has a lot of learning to do. If I can learn, you can learn.https://t.co/eAdH3j6o72
— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) October 15, 2019
I keep telling people, that’s who she is and always was. She had to be forced into supporting marriage equality as essentially a condition of her 2016 nomination. It’s not at all surprising to me that she’s anti-trans.
— Tessa | Good Kid, AMAB City (@tessmissing) October 15, 2019
Very big generational discussion? Sorry but pulling the “I’m old” card doesn’t wash. I’ve sat with an 82 year old uncle and discussed transphobia. He is very much of the opinion that human rights are for EVERYONE.
— Izzy Rizinti ?️? (@BellaRizinti) October 15, 2019
That’s a big fat nope. You don’t get to play the “I’m old” card when it comes to human rights. If you can learn to use an iPhone, you can learn to respect someone’s basic humanity.
— Jeanne Sager (@JeanneSager) October 15, 2019
Yes, I have come to not expect much from most politicians but this irked me. She sounded very much like the other #terfs. @ChelseaClinton seems to understand though. She has been in our corner for years.
— Kimberly Selland-Valle (@KimberlySelland) October 15, 2019
Wow, a discouraging and defeating read. Thank you for sharing it, Amanda. I thought Hillary Clinton was better than casting doubt on an entire community of vulnerable people. Washrooms, really?!? Sports teams, really?!?
— brett bergie (@brettbergie) October 15, 2019
Reines may not want to admit it, but THIS is the modern Democrat Party.
Watch the rest of his discussion with Carlson below:
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