Hours after Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced he would not seek reelection next year, Hillary Clinton took at jab at the numerous Republicans announcing retirement plans, saying they “don’t have the stomach anymore to stand up and fight against extremism in their own party.”
“They’ve done a calculation. They’ve concluded Trump is the puppet master who pulls the strings of the hardcore base of the Republican Party,” she said in a Washington Post Live interview on Monday, adding: “They’re just throwing the towel in.”
During the half-hour interview with The Post’s Jonathan Capehart, Clinton spoke at length about former president Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party and said she hopes the party will “find its soul, will find its center again and understand they can’t keep playing with fire.”
“It is really troubling to see the Republican Party turn themselves into a cult, and basically pledge allegiance not to the United States of America but to Donald Trump,” she said, suggesting members of the party are in part anxious about the possibility that Trump will “instigate primary opponents against them.”
She said that after the 2016 presidential election, she hoped Trump would, “once in office, understand the enormity of the job, have some of that sense of humility that presidents need to have when they’re in the Oval Office.”
“He never grew into the job. He never accepted the awesome responsibility that goes with being president,” she said.
Clinton also swiped at Republicans during a discussion of the filibuster and sided with Democrats pressuring President Biden to do away with it.
“We have a minority that is becoming more and more extreme that is basically holding the majority — not just of Congress but of the country — back,” she said, adding she’s “encouraged there are conversations about whether, if [the filibuster is] not done away with completely, it can be modified.”
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