Hillary Clinton says it’s “frustrating to be on the sidelines” as the coronavirus pandemic rages — and believes she’d have done “a better job” handling it than President Donald Trump.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state said her response would have focused on battling the health impacts rather than reopening businesses — and could have blunted some of the economic fallout.
“I will tell you, it's frustrating to be on the sidelines in a pandemic," she told THR. "But I'm trying — through speaking out, and raising money for groups and candidates, and doing everything I can — to stay as involved as possible, even at a distance."
Clinton concedes “we wouldn't have been able to stop the pandemic at our borders the way that Trump claimed in the beginning.”
“But we sure could have done a better job saving lives, modeling better, more responsible behavior,” she said. “I don't think we necessarily should have had as deep an economic assault on livelihoods and jobs as we have. So I know I would have done a better job."
Clinton also said she believes “at the root” of Trump’s frequent blasts of “crooked Hillary” is that “he fears that his win — that narrow win in the Electoral College — was not legitimate.”
“Part of what he does in the way he lashes out is because, deep down, he knows the Russians helped him, despite his incredible efforts to deny it. He knows WikiLeaks helped him. He understands all of that,” she continued.
“He's a vindictive score-settler and he doesn't want the legitimacy of his election ever to be questioned, although history will continue to question it,” she added.
She went on to say that while it is not on the cards for her to run for president again, she believes she'd beat him if she was on the ballot.
“Yes,” she said. “But I think people believe that this is a referendum on him."
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