In her third interview this month, the former first lady accused Trump of ‘masterminding’ the January 6 Capitol riot and said he was a ‘danger’ to the country.
Her recent media blitz has fueled rumors that Clinton is testing the waters for her own re-election bid after repeatedly calling a potential Trump 2024 ticket a threat to democracy.
This morning, CNN host Fareed Zakaria asked about claims her new novel is a ‘thinly veiled attack on President Trump.’
‘Having lived through that presidency, when it came time to write a political thriller with my friend and collaborator Louise Penny, of course I would draw from the reality that we all have experienced,’ Clinton said, adding that ‘it’s a good thriller.’
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a spokesman for Trump responded: ‘Perennial loser Hillary Clinton appears to have recognized that her only marketable attribute is that she lost to President Donald J. Trump.’
‘That’s a sad reality, but there’s nothing thrilling about it.’
Clinton said the former president, who she lost the election to in 2016 despite winning the popular vote, is ‘assaulting’ democracy.
do think our democracy is under continuing assault by the former president, who masterminded a coup in the attack on our Capitol, has continued to promote the false accusation that the election of 2020 was somehow rigged against him,’ Clinton said.
She added, ‘I think he poses a real clear and present danger to the United States.’
She appears to draw on her own background in the book as well. Clinton said the novel’s protagonists are ‘two women of a certain age’ — the Secretary of State and her best friend.
Before running for the White House in 2016 Clinton served as former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, though her legacy in the position was marred by the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya and a foreign service officer.
The book is set at the opening of a new presidency. Soon after the inauguration, deadly explosions are set off in three European cities.
The Secretary of State and her adviser are forced on a long journey navigating internal government bureaucracy and unraveling the mystery of who is behind the blasts – thought to be a Pakistani arms dealer freed from incarceration by the previous US president.
Reviews of Clinton’s novel leave little doubt that she got her inspiration from real life. The former president is described as a one-term leader who fled Washington for Florida after he lost to plot his comeback.
He’s described in various ways to be ignorant, vengeful and charismatic — and demanding ‘loyalty’ from all those who served in his administration.