Hillary Clinton gave her first sit-down interview since the election Thursday,offering a candid look into her life since the election and her thoughts on the Trump presidency.
During the last few months,Clinton's mainly stayed out of the spotlight.She's spoken out about current affairson Twitteror in planned speeches,and most sightings of Clinton have beenin the woodsaround her home in Westchester,New York,or taking in a number of Broadway shows,but she seems to be edging back into the public sphere,with news of a forthcoming book and an appearance at Tina Brown'sWomen in the World Summitin New York.
The interview during the summit,withNew York Timescolumnist Nicholas Kristof,covered a variety of topics including her thoughts on the current administration,俄罗斯,Syria,and more.Here are the highlights.
On how she's faring since the election:"I will put it this way.As a person,I'm OK.As an American,I'm pretty worried."
On Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election:"I didn't fully understand how impactful that was.It is something that Putin has used inside Russia,outside Russia to great effect.I'm hopeful that the Congress will pull together and realize that because of the success the Kremlin feels it's had,they're not going to go away.So whatever party you are,whatever business you run,whatever concerns you have,if we don't take action together to hold whoever was involved accountable,they will be back time and time again."
On the role sexism played in the campaign."As you might guess,I've thought about it more than once.I don't know that there is one answer.Let's be clear,in any campaign there's many different crosscurrents and events,and some have a greater impact than others.But it is fair to say that,certainly,misogyny played a role and certainly that has to be admitted.Why and what the reasons were I'm trying to parse out myself."
On the blocking of Trumpcare:"I will confess to this—having listened to them talk about repeal and replace for seven years now,they had not a clue what that meant.They had no idea.I don't know that any of them had ever even read the bill,read the law,understood how it worked.It was so obvious.Health care is complicated,right?They don't know what to do,and I do admit that was somewhat gratifying."
On the current administration:"The things that come out of some of these men's mouths—like why do we have to cover maternity care?Oh,I don't know…maybe you were dropped by immaculate conception?"
On the administration's views on women:"The targeting of women,which is what's going on,is absolutely beyond any political agenda.There is something else happening here.So the global gag rule,you know,that bounces back and forth between Republican and Democrats,but the way they wrote it this time…would be to remove all aid if there is some kind of alleged breach,because you provide family planning services,but somebody says to a woman desperate to get an abortion because she's been told she will die if she bears another child.And so you try to help her and you lose everything,everything,not just a little bit,but all of it….The impact that those dollars have is saving women and children's lives and helping women have a better shot at a future because maybe she can get contraception and not have her first child at 14….This is not just the right and moral position for the United States to take;this in our national security interest.The more we support women,the more we support democracy,the more we beat back terrorism.