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Hillary Clinton still blames me for President Trump. I’m proud to have her as my enemy

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The former Secretary of State was interviewed by Andrew Marr during a visit to Britain CREDIT: BEN BIRCHALL/PA WIRE

All the talk in Washington is that, although she turns 70 this month, Hillary Clinton is still seriously considering another tilt at the US presidency in 2020.

Some well-placed people believe she remains determined to become the first female president of the United States of America. If that’s the case, I suggest she is going about it in completely the wrong way.

Her visit to the United Kingdom this month shows that her attitude and demeanour is that of a very sore loser, albeit one with the hide of a rhinoceros. Who else could have written a gripe-filled book called “What Happened” (surely “The Great Whinge” would have been a more accurate title) and expect people to pay £20 for a copy?

Then again, perhaps the multi-millionaire Clintons haven’t made enough money out of politics and public life yet.

This book is little more than a shopping list of all the unfortunate and nasty things that were said and done to Mrs Clinton during the latest presidential campaign, a carefully crafted catalogue of all those responsible for her crushing defeat last November.

The one person who is barely criticised in the book is, of course, herself. The sense of entitlement which surrounds her made sure of that.

The trouble for Mrs Clinton is that she is a fully paid up member of the international elite and is still totally incapable of understanding in any way why the revolution of 2016 happened.

Of course, she is not alone in being so utterly deluded. Her great friend Tony Blair has also re-entered the public arena in recent months to advance his pet theories about what is wrong with the world though, given his tattered reputation, I’m not sure how many people are listening to him either.

One aim of this bubble which Clinton and Blair inhabit is to overturn Brexit. They believe that 2016 was a short term outburst of anger from a group of citizens who simply don’t know what is good for them.

In this, of course, this pair are ably assisted by much of our own Westminster political class and large elements of the UK and US media.

The anti-Brexit BBC, for example, spent the last 24 hours filling its news bulletins with Mrs Clinton’s doom-laden warning, aired in full on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, that Britain’s future outside of the EU is bleak.

I question why British TV licence fee payers should be forced to listen to such defeatist talk from a defeated US presidential candidate with a book to sell, but what else can you expect from this liberal-loving outfit?

My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it.”

Hillary Clinton

Mrs Clinton’s support of the European Union and her belief in the global order that Theresa May often refers to in speeches knows no bounds. Talking to a Wall Street audience last year, she said her dream was that America would be part of a “hemispheric common market”. This was a clear attempt to undermine the relationship between the United Kingdom and Trump’s America.

For Barack Obama, the story was that Britain would go to the back of the queue if Britain left the EU. In Mrs Clinton’s world, Trump doesn’t believe in trade and the UK will get no purchase from him.

It is always an ugly sight when a political figure away from home says derogatory things about their own national leader. In many ways, the current dispute over Bombardier jets from being sold into America shows just how important such a deal is. 

In fact, all of the conversations I’ve had with the president and many close to him suggest that, far from being isolationist, he is in favour of trade – but only if he thinks that trade is fair and that American workers are not being seriously undercut.

So I would suggest that on this, and everything else, we ignore Mrs Clinton. In any case, she must realise that public opinion has hardened further still on issues of sovereignty and immigration since 2016. Her political ideology was, after all, firmly rejected.

epublican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, greets United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign rally at the Mississippi Coliseum on August 24, 2016 in Jackson, Mississippi
Nigel Farage and Donald Trump in Jackson, Mississippi on August 24, 2016 CREDIT: JONATHAN BACHMAN/GETTY

For my own part, I well recall my surprise in August 2016 when, the day after I appeared on stage in Jackson, Mississippi with Donald Trump, Mrs Clinton chose to throw every term of abuse at me that she could think of during a press conference.

I was an extremist, a misogynist and a whole host of other things, according to her. I remember thinking at the time that in some way my presence in America and my attempt to link the Brexit phenomenon with the Trump campaign had rattled her.

It’s now clear I was probably right, for even she is prepared to acknowledge that Brexit sowed a seed in world politics. And indeed, when I travel around America today, there are large numbers of Trump supporters who believe that, without Brexit, the Trump presidency simply wouldn’t have happened.

In many ways, I am pleased to see that Mrs Clinton’s antipathy towards me continues. She considers me somehow unacceptable, as recent interviews she has given reconfirm. I suppose in her eyes, I am one of the pied pipers of what she memorably called “the deplorables”.

Well, I always think it is a good thing in life to be judged by your enemies, and if I am one of her enemies, I can only say that I must be doing something right.

If she does indeed run in 2020, it’s possible that the Democratic Party, given the current mess that it’s in, may well adopt her and that her friends on Wall Street and in Hollywood will once again stand by her side and back her. I am confident, however, that if she were to be the Democrat nominee, she would lose a second time.

After a long and in many ways distinguished career of public service in Washington spanning more than 30 years, this would be a very undignified end. Mrs Clinton, it is time to recognise that it’s over. You lost, move on.

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