Hillary Clinton expressed concern over former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party, describing it as “frightening” and warning about the potential consequences of his rhetoric.
She highlighted the need for people to pay attention to Trump’s statements and their potential impact, emphasizing the importance of understanding the link between his words and actions.
“As someone who ran for the presidency and won the popular vote, can you even wrap your head around arguing in court that you should be able to assassinate your political enemies using SEAL Team Six? How did that argument land with you?” Alex Wagner asked.
“He says so many outrageous things that I think a lot of people have stopped listening, and they shouldn’t. They should pay very careful attention to what Trump says because if they do, they can see the linkage between what he says and what he tries to do,” Clinton said.
Clinton also expressed worry about the individuals Trump might appoint to key positions if given the chance, characterizing them as “totally members of his cult.”
“In his first term, on many occasions, he was rained in and even stopped by the people around him because there were people who he put into an important position who had served in government under prior Republican presidents who understood the rule of law, who understood the constitutional system, and so much more,” she said.
“They were able to stop him. He will now fill those positions if ever given a chance, which I hope never happens, with people who are totally members of his cult,” she said.
She noted the shift in some Republicans’ attitudes towards the events of January 6, attributing it to Trump’s hold on the party.
“I do not say that lightly because when I look at people who I know were horrified by January 6, who were Republicans in the House and the Senate, who have come around to dismissing it and discounting the horror that they themselves felt as they put themselves under desks as they ran down hallways, as they tried to escape the mob coming at them. There is something about Trump’s hold on the Republican Party that is frightening.”