Someday, America will have to go on without Hillary Clinton. Until then, we have the video record and the frequent soundbites to keep us company.
Clinton appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Wednesday evening, after a long news day that included Senate testimony by Attorney General William Barr and the growing regime crisis in Venezuela. Maddow, with an unerring nose for pertinence, chose to devote about half of her segment with Clinton to a couple of softball questions about reported efforts by the Trump administration to renew investigations of Clinton’s past activities.
This line of questioning gave Clinton the opening she needed to make important remarks about President Trump and the 2016 election.
This transcript is from Grabien:
CLINTON: Well, what I make of it is this as big a sign of a guilty conscience or a real fear that you could possibly have. I mean, I’m living rent free inside of Donald Trump’s brain and it’s not a very nice place to be, I can tell you that. So I don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ve been investigated repeatedly by the other side. And much to their dismay, but to my, you know, satisfaction, it’s been for naught. I testified for 11 hours in the Benghazi hearing after, what, seven committees said there was nothing there. This is a diversion attack. Look, it is very sad to me that the lies that were told about me, the accusations that were made about me, have unfortunately had some residue. People say well, you know, if she’s going to be investigated so much and they’re going to be saying all these terrible things even though nothing ever happens, maybe there’s something to it because I guess it is one of their tools to fire up their hard-core base. When in doubt, go after me.
The president reportedly met with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, and hosted a National Day of Prayer Dinner on Wednesday evening. Among other announcements and releases on May 1, Trump updated a list of nominees, requested that Congress provide more funding for the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. border, and approved a disaster declaration for California to address damage from winter storms in February 2019.
Former Secretary Clinton, meanwhile, continues to be a prodigious source of “projection,” and a legend in her own mind.