Former First Lady Hillary Clinton said Sunday she would ‘bet’ on her 2016 rival, former President Donald Trump, launching another White House bid in 2024, and it appears many Americans would be keen to see it.
It splits the candidates 46 percent to 45 percent. The survey’s margin of error is a significantly larger gap of 2.5 percent.
Clinton said a second Trump victory could spell the ‘end of our Democracy’ and revealed she harbors guilt for not beating him five years ago.
‘If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is gonna run again. I mean, he seems to be setting himself up to do that and if he’s not held accountable, then he gets to do it again,’ she said on NBC’s Sunday TODAY.
The former Senate Democrat from New York and United States Secretary of State’s unprecedented loss in the 2016 presidential race was seen as a rebuke of the traditional political establishment in favor of Trump’s bombastic populism.
But she warned a second win could cause irreparable damage to US institutions, appearing to reference Trump’s insistence on promoting baseless claims that US elections are rigged in favor of Democrats.
Hillary Clinton said she feels guilty for not stopping Trump in 2016 but blamed James Comey for her loss
Biden and Trump would be in a near-tie in a 2024 rematch, a recent poll found
‘I think that could be the end of our democracy – not to be too, you know, pointed about it,’ Clinton said. ‘But I want people to understand that this is a make-or-break point.’
So far the Democratic trailblazer hasn’t hinted at any 2024 ambitions. Trump, by contrast, has said multiple times that he’ll have a decision ‘soon’ and Biden already indicated he’ll run again.
‘If he were, or someone of his ilk, were once again to be elected president, and if especially he had a Congress that would do his bidding, you would not recognize our country,’ Clinton claimed.
The same Journal poll referenced above indicates Trump is poised to gain at least some new support in Congress.
If the 2022 midterm elections were held today, 44 percent of respondents said they’d vote for a Republican. Most of them – 34 percent – said they were ‘definite’ GOP vote. By comparison 41 percent said they would vote for a Democratic candidate.
For weeks now Trump has been on a quest to ensure those Republicans fall in line with him.
Trump has been hitting the campaign trail and making endorsements ahead of 2022 (pictured at an event with Bill O’Reilly Saturday night)
The survey also reaffirmed Democrat fears of a red wave in the upcoming 2022 elections
He’s endorsed more than 30 Senate and House candidates, including Herschel Walker in Georgia, who establishment Republicans like Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell expressed reservations about but have since pivoted to backing – a sign of Trump’s enduring influence within the party.
Republicans who have publicly opposed him are either retiring like Reps. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, or facing inter-party backlash like Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney was booted from the Wyoming Republican Party and her position as the No. 3 House Republican over her public criticism of Trump.
Just today, Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina underscored the ex-president’s kingmaker status, publicly telling his colleagues during a Fox News interview that if they want to make it to Congressional GOP leadership, ‘you don’t have a working relationship with Donald Trump, you cannot be effective.’
Host Willie Geist asked Clinton on Sunday if, given everything she had described, she feels ‘moments of responsibility or even guilt’ for losing what many pundits saw as a surefire Democratic victory.
‘Of course, because I tried to warn people, I tried to make the case that this was really dangerous – the people he was allied with, what they were saying, what he might do,’ Clinton answered, before appearing to pass on that responsibility.
‘But I do think for Jim Comey and the stunt he pulled 10 days before the election, I would have won.’
A recent poll found that more people prefer Trump’s policies to Biden’s in an ominous sign for Democrats ahead of 2022
The ‘stunt’ she referred to is the former FBI director announcing in a letter to Congress on October 28, 2016 that the bureau was reopening its investigation into Clinton’s emails. Though he sent a follow-up on November 6 of that year telling them the probe was once again closed without incident, the critical first letter was widely seen as a contributing factor in Clinton losing the race.
After the quick but direct jab at Comey Clinton turned back to Trump – and his supporters, who she once referred to as a ‘basket of deplorables.’
‘I feel terrible about not stopping him and the people around him, but I feel like now everybody can see for themselves what kind of leader he is,’ she said.
‘And clearly, there were people who liked what they saw.’
It appears many still do – 48 percent of respondents to the WSJ poll said they preferred Trump’s policies to Biden’s, while 46 percent said the opposite.
Multiple surveys of Republican voters have also shown that they overwhelmingly want Trump to be their 2024 candidate. Ex-Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have been floated as other potential possibilities.