Hillary Clinton: Identifying as a Capitalist Cost Me Votes
Has any other former presidential candidate spent this much time talking about why they lost?
Hillary Clinton is back at it again, this time saying that because she’s a capitalist and 41% of Democrats identify as socialists, that caused her to lose votes with them.
At a Shared Value Leadership Summit, she told a host, “It’s hard to know, but I mean if you’re in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I’m asked ‘Are you a capitalist?’ and I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.’ You know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a capitalist!’ ”
Watch the clip here:
Calling herself a capitalist is laughable, especially since she also followed that statement up with regulation and accountability. A true capitalist knows that fewer government regulations and interference is what truly makes capitalism flourish.
So while she’s not necessarily a capitalist, she’s not really a true socialist either. Her main problem is that she’s an old school Democrat and the party has moved on from it. They’re moving far left – even socialist as she admits in the above video – and Bernie’s supporters didn’t buy her moving left of center just to try to get their votes. That’s why a lot voted third party and some even went for Trump instead. After the election, she ruthlessly attacked Sanders and places a lot of blame on him for the reason she lost to Trump.
She even stated as much in her book, What Happened.
“I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not. He certainly shared my horror at the thought of Donald Trump becoming President, and I appreciated that he campaigned for me in the general election. But he isn’t a Democrat— that‘s not a smear, that’s what he says. He didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party. He was right that Democrats needed to strengthen our focus on working families and that there’s always a danger of spending too much time courting donors because of our insane campaign finance system. He also engaged a lot of young people in the political process for the first time, which is extremely important. But I think he was fundamentally wrong about the Democratic Party—the party that brought us Social Security under Roosevelt; Medicare and Medicaid under Johnson; peace between Israel and Egypt under Carter; broad-based prosperity and a balanced budget under Clinton; and rescued the auto industry, passed health care reform, and imposed tough new rules on Wall Street under Obama. I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too.”
What’s most shocking about all this though, is Hillary is actually telling the truth about the state of the Democratic party! Could this be the only time she’s ever spoken truthfully?!?
It’s time for her to accept her loss and move on. Almost two years have gone by and if she doesn’t accept she’s mostly to blame for not resonating with voters, we’ll never hear the end of it. Do yourself a favor Hillary – go retire somewhere and never speak of the 2016 election again.