Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a message for Democrats: She’s not going anywhere.
The assertion came as Clinton responded to NPR’s Rachel Martin, who was pressing the former senator and secretary of state over claims that some in the Democratic Party “might not want you around.”
“Well, they don’t have to buy my book, and they can turn off the radio when they hear me talking. I’m not going anywhere,” Clinton warned in a statement that might be chilling to Republicans and Democrats alike.
“I have the experience, I have the insight, I have the scars that I think give me not only the right, but the responsibility to speak out,” Clinton continued. “And 2018 is going to be incredibly momentous. We have a chance. I won 24 congressional districts that have a Republican member of Congress sitting in them. And I think that gives us some idea that maybe, if we are really focused, we have a chance to pick up seats, maybe take back the House. We’ve got to defend the Democratic senators.”
The comments come as Clinton touts her new book, “What Happened,” in which the twice-failed presidential candidate discusses the sound defeat President Trump handed her in the 2016 election.
In her comments to Martin, Clinton seems to have brushed the defeat aside, as she indicates she can help her party move forward.
“I have a lot of ideas about how best to do that. And a lot of people are already calling, asking for my help and my support,” she told Martin. “I’ve started a new organization called Onward Together, which is, you know, funding and lifting up some of the grassroots groups that have started around the country. I’ll be supporting candidates.”
Clinton’s Onward Together is an organization dedicated to “advancing the vision” of Clinton’s voters, who threw their support behind the losing candidate in the 2016 race. It’s motto: “Resist, Insist, Persist, Enlist.”
To move the effort onward, Clinton’s campaign apparently donated thousands of dollars to her organization. An FEC filing detailed some $800,000 was donated to Onward Together on May 1, 2017, two weeks before it launched, from Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign fund.
Addressing those that would like her to just disappear already, Clinton said she’s responding to others, who represent “a very large outpouring of people” that want to know what she has to say.
Clinton says that group is, “excited that I’m not going to be, you know, slipping away into the background, but going to stay front and center, doing what I can to try to speak out on behalf of this country that I love, and just want [me] to do everything I can to make sure it’s strong going forward.”
“So, there will always be the naysayers,” she continued. “I understand that and most of them as you might notice are anonymous, but that’s fine.”
According to a new Rasmussen poll that came out Tuesday, her naysayers include 61 percent of likely voters, who think it’s time for Clinton to disappear from the political landscape.
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