Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said that despite tens of millions of dollars in attack ads against her, she will be able to overcome this "discredited negativity" and triumph in November.
In an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein,
Clinton said that the media environment drives negativity.
She stressed that, perhaps, the fact that the last three presidents, including Barack Obama, have been the most polarizing in history shows that the rise of social media is a particularly important factor, because it is a "really rich environment ... to capture people's minds and change their attitudes."
The Democratic candidate also explained that "there's a lot of behavioral science that if you attack someone endlessly — even if none of what you say is true — the very fact of attacking that person raises doubts and creates a negative perspective."
Clinton said, however, that "it's always amusing to me that when I have a job, I have really high approval ratings; when I'm actually doing the work, I get reelected with 67 percent of the vote running for reelection in the Senate. When I'm secretary of state, I have [a] 66 percent approval rating."
The presidential race appears to be turning into a contest of two of the most disliked candidates in history, as polls consistently show that presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump and Clinton have high unfavorable impressions
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