Former Hillary for America campaign chairman John Podesta was interviewed on the latest episode of The Global Politico podcast. While there are a few comments in the interview about the 2016 election, the majority of the interview is about President Donald Trump, his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and whether Republicans can impeach Trump without damaging the party. Podesta is critical of Trump’s presidency and still blames Comey for Clinton’s loss last November. He said, “I still think what Jim Comey did last fall was wrong, but he shouldn’t have been fired, given the circumstances that he was leading this investigation.” Read a transcript of the interview HERE, or you can listen to the interview below.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton was a guest of the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York City. During the event, Clinton had a conversation with Christiane Amanpour. The two discussed a number of issues including the Donald Trump administration, a potential conflict with North Korea, and the 2016 presidential election. While Clinton accepted the blame for her loss, she said that there were a number of other factors including the letter from FBI Director James Comey and Russian hacking of the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America Campaign Director John Podesta.
Clinton said she would have won the election if it had not been for the Comey letter and Wikileaks in late October adding, “If the election had been held on October 27, I’d be your president, and it wasn’t. It was on October 28.” Clinton did not deflect all of the blame saying that her campaign made mistakes. “I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot and I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had,” she admitted. Clinton vowed to remain active in politics as a citizen and urged everyone to do the same. Watch a video from the event below.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that the search warrant that many have faulted for Hillary Clinton’s loss be unsealed. The warrant called for the investigation of emails between Clinton and aide Huma Abedin that were found on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s ex-husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. The document does not provide in detail what the FBI hoped to find, and the investigation ultimately turned up nothing. The warrant was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.
Many people have criticized the timing of the investigation by the FBI and the manner in which FBI director James Comey handled the investigation. He sent a letter to Congress two weeks before the election saying that the email investigation had been reopened. A few days later they concluded that no new evidence was found, but the damage to Clinton had been done. Despite winning the popular vote, Clinton lost the electoral college and the presidency. Clinton and her former campaign staffers blame Comey and the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America chair John Podesta for their loss.
Read a copy of the warrant below or download a PDF copy HERE.
On Friday evening, Hillary Clinton held a conference call with supporters and campaign volunteers to thank them for their hard work and dedication during the campaign. Clinton said that while the loss was tough, we can still fight for the causes we believe in going forward. She urged everyone not to give up and to stay involved in the process. A recording from the call is below as well as an address where you can send thank you cards or letters to Clinton.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
PO Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256
As she said in the call, this is not the end. There is still a lot of work to be done. Follow Hillary, Bill, Chelsea, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter and the Democratic Party on Twitter and Facebook. You can also donate to the Democratic Party and support organizations that will need our support such as Planned Parenthood. Write to your Congressional Representative and Senator when they back something you do not agree with and show your support when they support something that you do as well. We still have a lot to fight for!
News Source: SoundCloud
While the results of last night’s election are not final, the electoral vote was a shock for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Most polls showed her leading going into Tuesday, so it was a surprise to many, including Republicans, when Donald Trump pulled of the victory. For Clinton, the loss has to be especially painful given that she appears to have won the popular vote. I’ll repeat, Clinton got more votes than Trump, yet he is president-elect. For years, members of both parties have questioned the need for the Electoral College, and last night’s results are sure to bring up those debates again. For the second time in the last two decades, the candidate to receive the most votes is not president. This is not American democracy.
Under Clinton, Economy is “Stronger Together.” Under Trump, Economy is “Billionaires First.”
Hillary Clinton believes our economy is stronger when we grow together. She’s put forward a comprehensive agenda to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top — fighting for the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, debt-free college, profit-sharing, tax fairness, and family-friendly policies like paid leave. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has put forward an agenda that showers billionaires and millionaires like himself with trillions in tax breaks and new loopholes, recklessly exploding the deficit while actually raising taxes on millions of middle-class families.
When John McCain’s former economic advisor studied the two plans, he actually calculated that under Hillary’s plans the economy would create 10.4 million jobs in her first term alone—while Trump’s plans would result in a “lengthy recession” and a loss of 3.4 million jobs.
- Break through Washington gridlock to make the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II
- Make debt-free college available to all Americans
- Rewrite the rules to ensure that workers share in the profits they help create
- Ensure that those at the top pay their fair share
- Put families first by matching our policies to how families live, learn, and work in the 21st century economy
Trump’s reckless agenda would shower billionaires and millionaires like himself with trillions in tax breaks and new loopholes, recklessly exploding the deficit while actually raising taxes on millions of middle-class families. Trump will:
- Enact a massive backdoor tax cut for billionaires and millionaires like himself, also known as “The Trump Loophole.”
- Widen the “carried interest” loophole by slashing tax rates on partnerships, including hedge funds and private equity firms.
- Get rid of the Wall Street reforms enacted after the recent crash, removing protections for consumers.
- Eliminate the estate tax, resulting in a $4 billion tax cut for his family alone — while giving 99.8% of Americans nothing.
- Actually raising taxes on millions of middle-class families.
Run up the national debt by nearly $21 trillion over 20 years.
Clinton Will Fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Trump Will Deport 16 Million People
In her first 100 days, Hillary Clinton will put forward a comprehensive immigration reform proposal that includes a pathway to full and equal citizenship. While Clinton will fight to strengthen families, our economy and our country through immigration reform, Donald Trump’s immigration plan remains the same as it’s always been: build a wall, tear apart families and send a “deportation force” into American communities to forcibly remove 16 million people from the United States.
*This will not happen.
Hillary will work to fix our broken immigration system and stay true to our fundamental American values. She has long been a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. As Senator, Hillary cosponsored Senator Ted Kennedy’s 2004 bill and voted for comprehensive immigration reform bills in 2006 and 2007.
As president, Hillary will:
- Introduce comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days that includes a pathway to full and equal citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
- Defend President Obama’s DACA and DAPA executive actions to keep families together.
- Conduct humane, targeted immigration enforcement, including ending family detention and closing private detention centers.
- Promote naturalization by expanding fee waivers to alleviate naturalization costs.
- Support immigrant integration by creating a national Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Donald Trump’s entire campaign has demonized immigrants. Since calling Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” and, since then, his rhetoric and dangerous immigration policies have only escalated. Trump’s immigration plan would tear apart families and contribute to the loss of nearly 3.5 million jobs in his first term.
As president, Trump has planned to:
- Deport all of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in America.
- Repeal birthright citizenship and apply that repeal retroactively to deport the roughly 5 million United States citizens born here to undocumented parents.
- Send a “deportation force” into American communities to round up families.
- Repeal DACA and DAPA on Day One and deport DREAMers.
- Implement a “total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States.”
- Build a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border and pretend Mexico will pay for it (and when he had the opportunity to tell Mexican President Pena Nieto that, he choked).
Trump’s plan would cripple the American economy:
- $4.7 trillion: Amount a policy of mass deportation would reduce cumulative GDP over 10 years.
- $66 billion: Potential loss to U.S. economy under Trump’s “muslim ban” each year.
Nearly 3.5 million jobs: According to Moody’s, Trump’s immigration policies would contribute to the loss of nearly 3.5 million jobs in his first term.
Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook released the following statement following a report from The New York Times revealing that Donald Trump used his business losses to avoid paying income taxes.
“There it is. This bombshell report reveals the colossal nature of Donald Trump’s past business failures and just how long he may have avoided paying any federal income taxes whatsoever. In one year, Donald Trump lost nearly a billion dollars. A billion. He stiffed small businesses, laid off workers, and walked away from hardworking communities. And how did it work out for him? He apparently got to avoid paying taxes for nearly two decades — while tens of millions of working families paid theirs. He calls that ‘smart.’ Now that the gig is up, why doesn’t he go ahead and release his returns to show us all how ‘smart’ he really is?”
News Source: The New York Times
Hillary Clinton was one for three in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah, but she earned nearly the same number of delegates as Bernie Sanders allowing her to inch closer to the 2,383 delegates required to secure the nomination. Clinton soundly won Arizona (57.6% to Bernie Sanders’ 39.9%), but she finished second in Idaho (78.0% to 21.2%) and Utah (79.3% to 20.3%). The next round of primaries will be held this Saturday in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington.
|Arizona||Closed Primary||Hillary Clinton|
|Idaho||Open Caucus||Bernie Sanders|
|Utah||Semi-open Caucus||Bernie Sanders|
Meanwhile, leading up to this weekend’s caucus in Washington, Hillary Clinton campaigned in the state. She began the day in Everett where she met with union worker at Boeing and addressed a crowd of supporters. Then, she met with local tribal leaders this afternoon in Puyallup. In Medina this evening, Clinton attended a private fundraiser at the home of Jeff and Susan Brotman. A video from her rally in Everett is below.
On Tuesday evening, Clinton held a rally with supporters in Seattle where she began by thanking the voters in Arizona for their support. Then, Clinton turned her attention to her Republican rivals and their campaign of fear. She criticized plans suggested by both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to ban Muslims from entering the country and increasing surveillance on Muslims living in the country. She said, “It will not keep us safe. This is a time for America to lead, not cower.” She vowed to “take the fight” to ISIS but work with Muslims who want to defeat extremists. A video of her speech is below.
Since the mid-term election defeat for several key Democrats, many in the media have been debating whether Hillary Clinton is a winner or loser following the election. Many in the media point to key wins or losses to support their point of view, but no one (as far as we can tell) has analyzed the numbers. Clinton made appearances for (at least) 23 candidates: 10 won, 12 lost, and 1 is still facing a runoff.
While the numbers don’t lie, the exposure she received made her winner in many respects. Whether you view this election cycle as a win or loss for Clinton, she returned to politics, asserted her position, and supported her party in a year when heavy losses were predicted across the board.
The chart above includes a list of candidates Clinton supported and whether they won or lost. NOTE: The list only includes candidates for whom Clinton made a personal appearance. She did assist other candidates by recording phone calls and posting messages of support to the candidate’s social media pages or website.