Hillary Clinton says she isn’t a natural politician and is proving it.
Within the space of 24 hours, Hillary has said she will put coal miners out of work and also said no Americans died in Libya (as Emily has discussed here).
Let’s keep in mind that these statements were not made during debates with Bernie Sanders. These were made during town hall meetings on friendly networks (CNN & MSNBC).
At this rate, she might have stop doing town hall meetings before she does any further damage to herself. By night’s end, her delegate count could be sufficient that Bernie Sanders can’t mathematically catch up. In which case, why put herself in those situations?
But if she’s this bad in a relatively safe format like a town hall meeting where one is unlikely to be challeged for the veracity of her statements then just imagine what it would be like debating Donald Trump. Could you imagine what he could do with just these two statements alone? Of the two, I think the coal miner statement could do greater long term damage to Hillary. It could cost her Pennsylvania, a reliably Democrat state that many coal miners still call home.
To be sure Hillary has plenty of ammunition stored up against The Donald and there are millions of people motivated to vote against him. But there are millions of people equally motivated to vote for Trump. He has taken ammunition (much of it his own making) and has not only survived but become stronger. By the end of tonight, Teflon Don might be bulletproof in the GOP race. With an opponent like Hillary, she is bound to do more damage to herself than she is to him.
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