Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that the Democratic Party finds itself in a nervous place heading into the midterm elections, blaming a messaging problem for the public’s lack of knowledge on the positives coming out of the Biden White House.
“I do think handwringing is part of the Democratic DNA. That seems to be in style whether we’re in or out of power,” Clinton told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning. “We’re in power, and there still is handwringing going on.”
Clinton said the Republican Party “has now gone to the extreme and are saying and doing things that have no basis in reality,” noting that the disconnect with the public shown in recent polling can be reversed.
“We’ve got a good case to make if we get our focus in the right place,” Clinton said. “Democrats in office and out need to be doing a better job of making the case.”
Todd asked Clinton if the chaotic military withdrawal in Afghanistan started President Joe Biden’s troubles.
“I don’t think it helped. I think that is obviously the case,” Clinton said, quickly deflecting and praising Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine.
Todd and Clinton did not discuss the recent fines levied by the Federal Election Commission against the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s 2016 campaign for lying about the funding of the infamous and discredited Russian “dossier” used in a smear attempt against Donald Trump weeks before he shocked the world with his 2016 presidential victory.