Hillary Clinton on the State of Democracy

Hillary Clinton shares an urgent warning on the state of democracy and the rule of law, in an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour.

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HILLARY CLINTON: I think that both sides will be galvanized, it’s just a question of who actually takes those feelings and shows up to vote, and it always

comes down to that. We have more voters who favor Democratic candidates. One of the tragedies of what’s happened in our electoral system is the Republicans have systematically suppressed voters, probably as many, Christiane, as 12 million voters were purged by Republican governments in states between 2012 and 2016. We have all kinds of questions about the security of our voting machines. So, we know that Democrats have to turn out in even bigger numbers and a lot of congressional districts and states to be successful because they’re being, you know, pushed back by a headwind that is trying to prevent them or discourage them from voting. But if Democrats — and I only include Democrats, I include Republicans who are worried about the direction of this administration, independence who want to see more accountability, if they show up, we should win.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Last night, President Trump had a sort of ceremony for now Justice Kavanaugh at the White House, and he apologized on behalf the American people for the immense amount of pain and harm that he said that the judge had been put through by this system. What do you make of that and what message, including the president’s mocking of Christine Blasey Ford for her allegations, what message does that send to women? And remember, went for President Trump in 2016.

CLINTON: White women.

AMANPOUR: White women.

CLINTON: White women. All women went for me. And look, White women have been voting against Democratic presidential candidates for decades now. The White vote has only then won twice in the last 60 years. My husband being one of the two. Lyndon Johnson being the other. So, it’s not a surprise. It’s a disappointment but it’s not a surprise. What was done last night in the White House was a political rally. It further undermined the image and integrity of the court. And that troubles me greatly, it saddens me, because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government. So, I don’t know how people are going to react to it. I think given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against. But the president’s been true to form. He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign really for many years leading up to the campaign, and he’s continued to do that inside the White House.

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Christiane Amanpour interviews Hillary Clinton in an exclusive sit down and speaks with author Mark Urban. Walter Isaacson speaks with author and historian Jill Lepore.