Hillary Clinton declared during an interview that she could beat President Trump “again” if she decided to mount another run for the White House.
The comment came during an appearance Tuesday evening on “PBS NewsHour” with her daughter, Chelsea, to talk about the president, impeachment and their new book, “Gutsy Women.”
Asked about Trump’s tweet earlier in the day, which mockingly suggested she join the race and again bemoaned her missing emails, the former first lady and secretary of state expressed wonder at what she called Trump’s obsession with her.
“You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me. But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional, or both,” she said.
“There was no subpoena, as he says in a tweet this morning. So maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again,” she continued, before suggesting she was making the comment in jest.
“But, just seriously, I don’t understand, I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him, other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation,” Clinton said about Trump’s tweet.
Trump had taunted “crooked Hillary” earlier in the day, claiming her emails had been subpoenaed by Congress.
“I think that crooked Hillary Clinton should try to enter the race to try and steal it away from uber-left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition: The crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors, including how and why she deleted 33,000 e-mails AFTER getting ‘C’ subpoena,” he tweeted.
“Don’t tempt me. Do your job,” Clinton said in response to the tweet.
She doubled down on the criticism later in the interview.
“I said during the campaign, there was no other Donald Trump. What you saw was what you were going to get. And I think a lot of Americans understandably thought, ‘Oh, no, come on. That can’t possibly be the case. Once he’s in the office, he will certainly moderate his behavior.’ Well, we have seen, no, he hasn’t,” she said, adding that she backs the impeachment effort despite her hubby Bill Clinton’s own impeachment.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2017, garnering more than 2.8 million more ballots than Trump, who won in the Electoral College, 304 to 227.
A Rasmussen poll released Monday found that Trump and Clinton would be “dead even” in a 2020 rematch — with each candidate receiving 45 percent of the vote, with the rest of potential voters remaining undecided.
But just 18 percent think Clinton should enter the race, according to Rasmussen.