Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she has “no doubt” she would have handled the coronavirus pandemic better than President Donald Trump has. She even boasted, “I was born for that.”
“You noted that a lot of countries that did best in the pandemic were led by women,” Kara Swisher, host of The New York Times‘ podcast “Sway,” said in an interview with Clinton. “Do you think a woman president in the United States would handle the pandemic better?”
“I have no doubt, especially if it were me,” Clinton responded. Swisher laughed.
“No, I mean, I was born for that. I mean, that’s why I knew I’d be a good president,” the former secretary of State continued. “I was ready for crises and emergencies and I would have done what you see these women leaders doing: you listen to the science; you bring in people in an open, inclusive way; you communicate constantly; you make the case by explaining why what you’re doing is in the long-term interest not only of health but also the economy.”
“Yeah, I have no doubt in my mind at all that I would have stepped up to that crisis,” Clinton repeated.
At another point in the interview, Clinton — who lost handily to Trump in 2016 — said she “can’t entertain the idea” of Trump winning re-election.
Clinton went on to say that it makes her “sick to her stomach” to think about the president winning the Nov. 3 election over Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“It would cause cognitive dissonance of a grave degree,” she said.
“It makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we’d have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions,” she added, according to Axios. “And damaging of our norms and our values. And lessening of our leadership. And the list goes on.”
Clinton also claimed that most Republicans want to see Trump voted out of office but can’t say it publicly.
Clinton said most Republicans “have been cowards, spineless enablers” of the president throughout his administration.
“Most Republicans are going to want to close the page,” Clinton said on an episode of the podcast. “They want to see him gone as much as we do, but they can’t say it publicly.”
When asked if a female president would have better handled the coronavirus pandemic, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said, “I have no doubt, especially if it were me. I have no doubt. I mean, I was born for that.”