Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton commented on former President Donald Trump’s Georgia indictment during a Monday night MSNBC appearance.
Clinton and host Rachel Maddow joked about Trump’s latest indictment dropping the night of the former Secretary of State’s scheduled appearance on the program.
“I didn’t think it would be under these circumstances,” Clinton said, grinning. “Yet another set of indictments.”
Host Maddow speculated if more indictments would follow before questioning Clinton if she felt “satisfaction” over Trump’s legal issues. Clinton said she didn’t feel satisfaction but rather “great profound sadness” regarding Trump’s alleged threat to democracy.
“He set out to defraud the United States of America,” she said, claiming Trump harassed, intimidated, and threatened state and local officials regarding complications in the 2020 Presidential Election. “I don’t know that anybody should be satisfied. This is a terrible moment for our country to have a former President accused of these terribly important crimes.”
Clinton said she felt satisfied “the system is working” in holding Trump and his associates accountable for attempting to “silence the truth” and “undermine democracy.”
“Justice is being pursued.”
Maddow noted the potentiality of Trump securing the Republican nomination in the 2024 Presidential Election while being in prison should he be convicted. Clinton said there were other ways to hold Trump accountable besides serving time in prison.
The former Democratic Presidential candidate said she hoped there would be accountability for Trump and others named in the indictments, but also accountability for the Republican party.
The MSNBC host mentioned Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who is also seeking the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, which prompted Clinton to say he was “promising anything” to get attention before referring to him as “pathetic.”
“The shadow of Trump looms so large over all of them,” Clinton said of the Republican party. “It’s really hard to know … whether or not backbone will all of a sudden be regrown.”
“The only way we can possibly contest it and defeat it is through the rule of law as we’re seeing with the federal and now the state level,” she continued. “We have to defeat those who want to weaponize divisiveness, who want to undermine Democratic values and institutions.”
Clinton said President Biden doesn’t receive enough credit for being a model of “responsible leadership” before praising his legislative accomplishments.
Maddow questioned Clinton on Biden’s favorability rating to which the former Democratic presidential candidate said she didn’t think people were aware of his accomplishments because they don’t get their news from MSNBC.
“They get their news from social media, if they get any news at all,” she said, adding alternative information sources didn’t provide confidence. “We have a splintered information ecosystem which really works to the disadvantage of somebody who is not a performer in a political theater sense, but is a producer in a political results sense.”
“How people get their information is the basis on which they make decisions in a democracy,” Clinton said.