Hillary Clinton talks to TV reporters about her new Hulu documentary, “Hillary,” out on the streaming service March 6. (Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
“Try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win,” the former secretary of State and U.S. senator told the Television Critics Association Friday.
“And not just the popular vote, the Electoral College” she said, looking back to the 2016 election, when she won the former but lost the latter (and presidency) to Donald Trump.
Clinton was promoting “Hillary,” a Hulu four-part documentary series due March 6, after the early primaries and Super Tuesday, March 3.
Clinton never mentioned Trump by name during a half-hour Q&A, but her warning was explicit. ““I want people to take their vote really, really seriously, because Lord knows what will happen if we don’t retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as Nancy Pelosi so well describes them,” a point she’s made in the past.
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She said people shouldn’t let confusion deter them from participating in the political process.
“Vote. Please vote. It is almost a truism to say that we can look at what’s happening politically (and) be so discouraged, so frustrated, even disgusted, that it turns you off. Why contribute to that craziness?” she said.
However, she added, we could return to a world that wasn’t that crazy, recalling a time not so long ago “when we had a president where we didn’t have to worry every morning when we woke up about what was going to happen that day or what crazy tweet would threaten war or some awful outcome.”
Clinton talked about larger elements of living in a “fraught time” that makes the voting even more important in an election with “such profound impact.”
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“I am on the side of an inclusive, generous, open-hearted country that faces up to the future (to) make difficult choices. We’re in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited,” she said, “and it’s going to be up to every voter, not only people who vote in Democratic primaries, to recognize this is no ordinary time.”
Later, she underlined that sentiment: “We are living in such a transformational age, and whether it ends up on the high or low side, we’re not clear yet.”
She expressed concerns about a society that can’t agree on basic facts and the ability of social media to amplify anger and outrage, saying politics “is exacerbated in the realm of social media. … You can disagree with facts, but there are facts.”
She reflected on the public’s perception of her career and life, dealt with in “Hillary,” which is directed by Nanette Burstein and based on 35 hours of interviews with Clinton.
“I didn’t do a good enough job to break through a lot of the perceptions that were out there,” she said. “It was quite common for people who knew me … to shake their heads at the way I was portrayed.”
And while she would “blow it off, brush it off,” she said, “perhaps I could have and should have found ways to better present myself and deal with misperceptions that were out there,” she said. But self-policing statements can lead to being “more cautious and more careful and more guarded,” creating “a vicious cycle.”
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