On Thursday, while on a tour promoting her new book What Happened, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’. In a break from discussing the 2016 campaign and election, Clinton mentioned President Trump’s latest actions and gave some advice to the President.
In a conversation about the North Korean threat, Clinton opined that Trump is being played by Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator. She explained, “This missile test [...] is sending a message from Kim Jong Un that he is not deterred,” and offered some advice to Trump, “[Diplomacy] needs to be happening now. Get over the Twitter stuff.”
Hillary Clinton is no stranger to the ways of the Twitter clap back herself. From the infamous, “Delete your account” tweet, to a play on his unexplained “covfefe”, Clinton offers rebuttals like no other.
Even her daughter Chelsea has strong defenses when the President tries to single her out.
On Wednesday, Trump continued a long history of Twitter feuds with Clinton when he critiqued her book tour. The president typed, “Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and everything) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!” Trump continued in a second tweet, “The 'deplorables' came back to haunt Hillary.They expressed their feelings loud and clear. She spent big money but, in the end, had no game!”
Of course, the former Secretary of State responded with the professionalism and sass only a career politician like herself could possess, referencing her previous children's book It Takes A Village: “If you didn't like that book, try this one — some good lessons in here about working together to solve problems. Happy to send a copy.”
The most controversial excerpt from What Happened (so far) details Clinton’s experiences with Trump during the second presidential debate, and resonated with many women. “Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage, and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.”
Of Trump’s presidency, Clinton reflected to Rachel Maddow, “I sometimes wonder: If you add together his time spent on golf, Twitter, and cable news, what’s left?” After the interview, Maddow commented that Clinton was “not a retired politician,” based on the hour long discussion. While Clinton has repeatedly expressed that she will not run for president again, she did mention in the interview that she is “not going to leave politics, even though [she is] not going to be a candidate," likely a reference to her new political group Onward Together.
Video via MSNBC
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