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Hillary Clinton is back in the middle of the political fray as President Joe Biden flounders and former President Donald Trump has teased he will run for president again.
With Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings as low as they have ever been, Democrats may be looking for alternatives — and the former secretary of state’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate, Newsmax reported.
The 2016 Democrat presidential candidate spoke to Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I think that was the goal of packing the court with justices who were on the record for many years of being against women’s constitutional rights to make decisions about our own bodies. I was deeply sorry that it actually happened,” Clinton began.
“But now that it has happened, I think everybody understands that this is not necessarily the only effort that we’re going to see this court undertake to turn back the clock on civil rights,” she continued before making what some have viewed as a racially-tinged remark about Thomas.
“I went to law school with Justice Thomas. He’s been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him — resentment, grievance, anger,” Clinton claimed.
“He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures, ‘Find cases. Pass laws. Get them up. I may not win the first, the second, or the third time, but we’re going to keep at it,'” Clinton went on.
“The thing that is, well, there are so many things about it that are deeply distressing but women are going to die. Women are going to die, Gayle. Women will die,” she added.
.@HillaryClinton: "I went to law school with [Justice Thomas]. He’s been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him — resentment, grievance, anger … Women are going to die, Gayle. Women will die.” pic.twitter.com/nUGWGFVJ3m
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 28, 2022
Then King got to the question on the minds of many people.
“Last question. You’re a former first lady, former secretary of state, former senator. Do you miss the day-to-day of politics? Is there any scenario in your brain that you would think, I want to get back in?” the host said.
“No, but I miss it. I miss it,” the former secretary of state said.
“There’s no scenario in 2024 you would even remotely consider?” the host said.
“You know, I can’t imagine it. I really can’t. But what I –,” her guest said.
“That’s not a no!” the host said.
“Well, but what I can imagine is staying as active and outspoken as I can, because I think – I think our country is really on the precipice, Gayle. I think that we are looking at not only the erosion of these rights, the throwing the door open to unfettered, unregulated gun access. But we’re also looking at dismantling the federal government, how it protects our air and our water and everything else that goes along with it,” the former secretary of state said.
But more than a week ago, she gave an interview to the Financial Times where she talked about her own political career, former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden’s presidency, and the 2024 election as she ruled out ever campaigning for president again.
“No, out of the question,” she said. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
She said the most important issue is the 2024 presidential election, more than anything social or economic, and judging by the current state of the economy it would be wise for every top Democrat to steer the conversation away from finances.
“We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window,” she said. “Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”