Hillary Clinton says Americans don’t “deserve” to have Donald Trump as president.
“I would have to say, no, we did not deserve that,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said with a laugh Saturday at an event in Mumbai, India, when asked by India Today editor Aroon Purie about Trump and the saying that “countries deserve the governments they get.”
“He ran the first reality TV campaign and he was the first reality TV candidate,” Clinton said of her one-time White House opponent.
“If you watch reality TV, you know it means that the person who is the most outrageous, the person who says the politically incorrect things, the person who’s insulting and attacking, drives big ratings,” Clinton, 70, continued.
Reflecting on the second presidential debate in 2016 between her and Trump, in which the former real estate mogul could be seen looming behind her, Clinton said: “He was stalking me. And it was meant to unnerve me, of course, because he’s a large man.”
“I think most voters want a president who keeps her cool, who is calm and composed, and doesn’t get thrown off her game, or get upset, or get angry, or, heaven forbid, emotional. So I’m not going to respond,” Clinton said she determined in the moment.
“If people were looking for the reality TV campaign, maybe I should have given them more entertainment,” the former secretary of State said.
“I’m the mother who says, ‘Eat your spinach, you’ll grow up strong.’ And somebody else is saying, ‘Eat all the fast foods and the ice cream you can possibly stick in your mouth,’ ” Clinton exclaimed. “And all of the sudden I’m thinking, wait a minute, maybe I’m running a campaign that is like all the other campaigns I’ve ever been a part of, and he’s doing something entirely different, which is this reality TV campaign.
“It’s fascinating, and something I think will come to a democracy near you at some point.”
Clinton also commented on Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that for people to understand the relationship they just have to “follow the money.”
Clinton was asked about the relationship.
“Trump does have quite an affinity for dictators,” she responded. “He really likes their authoritarian posturing and behavior.”