Former Secretary of State Expresses Concern Over Trump’s Influence on MAGA Extremists
In a recent interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has called on supporters of Donald Trump to reevaluate their ties with the former president, who is currently a leading contender for the 2024 Republican nomination.
Clinton expressed her concern over the unwavering loyalty of Trump’s followers, likening it to the behavior of cult members. She remarked, “And sadly, so many of those extremists, those MAGA extremists, take their marching orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility left by any measure. He’s only in it for himself.”
CNN characterized Clinton’s comments as “some of her harshest comments against Trump.” The full interview is scheduled to be broadcast on Monday.
Despite her concerns, Clinton believes that Trump will likely secure the Republican nomination. However, she also emphasized the significance of the upcoming contest between Trump and President Joe Biden.
“One [Trump] will wreck our democracy. One violates the law on a regular basis. One appeals to the worst in our collective psyche. The other [Biden] gets things done. Why is that a hard choice?” Clinton stated.
Regarding the recent removal of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Clinton noted that it reflects the turmoil within the ranks of the Republican party.
The GOP, according to Clinton, is grappling with “an absolute hostage situation with its most extreme members.” She added that McCarthy’s ouster was a result of his refusal to cater to the far-right extremists within the party. “So they toppled him. It was a very small number as you look at the vote. But now we’re reaping the consequences of their misbehavior,” Clinton concluded.