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Hillary claims to be stepping back, but just like that, her new four-hour docuseries positions her as a likable moderate compared to Bernie. She is now safely distanced from the Project Veritas bust on Bernie’s campaign staffers who plan to enforce gulags to re-educate patriotic Americans.
And, according to Hillary, everyone loves her, and nobody likes Bernie. So if you happen to like Bernie, you’re a nobody. Hail the Deplorables, does Hillary think Bernie supporters pull equal rank?
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 21, 2020
Enter documentary-pro Nanette Burstein, a “political junkie” graced with 35 hours of Hillary’s time to produce a four-hour documentary on how non-controlling and balanced and peaceful Hillary is. It must be all of that yoga. Here are the highlights from The Hollywood Reporter-Clinton interview, colored with some sarcastic Liberty commentary.
“This is not an agenda piece,” says Hulu’s head of docs, Belisa Balaban. “It’s an authored piece of work that looks at a very long slice of personal and political history.”
“The Clintons have a reputation for being controlling, but from the moment we met Hillary, we saw zero of it,” says Owens, who confirms that no subject was off-limits. Clinton would end up giving 35 hours of her time, recounting everything from her husband’s affair as President with then-intern Monica Lewinsky to election night 2016, when her own presidency eluded her grasp.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 3rd, the Iowa caucuses will set the tone for the rest of the Democratic presidential primary. And maybe this entire glamour show for Hilda is just a big co-inky-dink but the timing of all of this is pretty darn ironic.
The four-hour docuseries will premiere in its entirety Mar. 6th on Hulu, against the backdrop of a contentious primary season where gender politics is once again a central theme. But before it does, Clinton and Burstein will trek to Park City, where the project will make its debut Jan. 25th at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s there that Owens and his Propagate partner, Ben Silverman, will begin the overseas sales process, continuing a month later in Berlin. Per Owens, the global appetite is “incredible,” thanks in part to the nearly 1 million miles Clinton logged as secretary of state.
“Incredible Global Appetite…” What ab-so-lute-bull: she worked so hard, and the world must love her and the Clinton Foundation so much. You know, especially everyone in Libya and Haiti, but I digress.
So powerful: With a team of Secret Service agents present, Clinton sat down on a mid-January afternoon in Pasadena to discuss her decision to open up her life to further examination, her damning assessments of both Sanders and Trump, and her own thoughts on the electability of a woman.
And out of the gates with her opening statement, I begin to chuckle with uncontrollable laughter. Seriously you guys, she did a four-hour docuseries but claims to have no idea what she was getting into — does she think we’re all smoking something, unable to catch that one?
Once you agreed to open yourself up for this docuseries, what was your biggest concern?
“I don’t know that I really understood what I was getting into. We ended up doing 35 hours of interviews, and it was both exhilarating and obviously painful at some points. It was probably made easier because of the rapport with [Burstein], and it gave me a chance to try to explain things and maybe to vent a bit.”
In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: “He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him; nobody wants to work with him; he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.” That assessment still hold?
“Yes, it does.”
If he gets the nomination, will you endorse and campaign for him?
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season. I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it.”
So wait a second. Is Hillary referring to the Warren-Sanders cat-fight about Bernie commenting that “women are unable to become President,” or is she verifying the Project Veritas bust? Because the latter is what people should be paying attention to regarding “Bernie-culture.” Talk about worrisome.
About that Warren-Sanders cat-fight: it doesn’t matter what they argued about, it is still about Hillary. Even though she first lost to Obama in the 2008 Democrat primaries, and she again almost lost to Bernie in 2016 Democratic primaries, but the DNC rigged the deck to defeat him. Just ignore those facts because she won the 2016 Popular vote, remember?
Speaking of, he allegedly told Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018 that he didn’t think a woman could win, a statement he vigorously denies. How did you digest that?
“Well, number one, I think [that sentiment] is untrue, which we should all say loudly. I mean, I did get more votes both in the primary, by about 4 million, and in the general election, by about 3 million. I think that both the press and the public have to really hold everybody running accountable for what they say and what their campaign says and does. That’s particularly true with what’s going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth with a very personal attack on her. Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a woman couldn’t be elected, it’s part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you might say, “OK, fine.” But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me. I just think people need to pay attention because we want, hopefully, to elect a president who’s going to try to bring us together, and not either turn a blind eye or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, demeaning, degrading behavior that we’ve seen from this current administration.”
“She can’t say she’s talked to all of the candidates,” but Hillary goes on to explain that she’s talked to the women running in the 2020 Democratic primaries. (Except maybe not Tulsi, you know, the woman she accused of being a Russian agent? Bwahahaha.) Anyhow, here’s what she’s told the women trying to follow in her footsteps:
She always says [to the female candidates aka victims]: “Look, you can run the best campaign, but you’re going to have to be even better than your best campaign to overcome some of the unfairness that will be directed at you as a woman.”
Poor little victims, this interview is nothing more than a pity party. Clinton goes on to discuss today’s world and what it takes for women to run for office:
“It’s really hard ever to score 100 when you’re trying to navigate gender expectations and barriers. Sometimes you really do want to let loose, and then you think, “Oh, great, they’ll say I can’t take it, so I’m getting angry.” Or they’ll say that I’m mad and that that’s not a very attractive look.”
But speaking of “attractive looks,” she goes on to talk about the Women’s marches and how she didn’t attend because she didn’t want the marches to be about her, excuse me as I laugh out loud again.
The end of the doc strikes a more hopeful tone, beginning with the Women’s marches. You talk about not attending …
“Yeah, I didn’t want it to be about me. And I had to go to the inauguration. I felt my civic responsibility was to show up, and it was painful. But that next day [with the marches] was so empowering. I was texting with everybody, and they were sending me pictures with people wearing my T-shirts and carrying posters of my quotes. I couldn’t have been happier. That energy, the so-called resistance, which I consider myself a part of, was really important to keep people focused and understanding that we couldn’t just get disgusted and walk away. We had to fight back. A lot of the women who ran in ’18, I supported them.”
So, she supports the Women’s marches and all of their really attractive looks. Has she seen the signs at these marches? Did she see the eight-year-old girls at the 2020 Los Angeles Women’s March who were coached by their parents to say “F*CK TRUMP!” Seriously?
Does she know that the Womxn’s March (no, that’s not a typo) in Denver is more about men than it is women? Moreover, does she even know how to pronounce Womxn? Because I don’t. Please help me with that one, Hillary.
Finally, there’s the clincher when the interviewer begs her to run in 2020, but she plays hard to get.
Is there any piece of you that has considered jumping into the  race?
“I have had so many people [urge me to] — every day. And I’m grateful for people’s confidence, but I did think it was right for me to step back. I’ll do anything I can to defeat the current incumbent, and to reverse a lot of his damaging policies. Thankfully, I still have a voice and a following.”
So as for now, Hillary is stepping back but darn it anyway; this interview is Trump’s fault too.
Trump has helped keep you in the news …
There are some people who just can’t give me up. I live rent-free in his head.
As President, is he better, worse, or the same as you had anticipated?
According to Hillary (despite Trump being the most patriotic President in history), Trump doesn’t give a damn about this country and (despite donating 100% of his salary every quarter) he puts himself over service. And this patriotic President that we have in America right now “should never be allowed to be normalized.”
There’s truth to how she believes in that statement, remember when she told the girl in elementary school it was her right to protest the pledge of allegiance? Yeah — that’s the same, “Hillary.”
“When I lost, I was obviously stunned, disappointed, terribly upset. If I had lost to what I would call a “normal” Republican with whom I disagreed on many things, but who I thought cared about the country and put service over self, I would probably still speak out and say, “We don’t agree about that.” But this is abnormal, what we currently have. We should never allow it to be normalized.”
She goes on to project that we’ve never had to deal with a President who continually lies. And she has the gall to say this when we all know she’s lying through her teeth but, “at this point, what difference does it make?”
Plus, she and Ted Lieu are still holding on to their fetish about how “the huge crowd size” at Trump’s inauguration was a lie. We can see the footage ourselves, Hillary. And we see the crowds that show up at all of Trump’s rallies. Who’s lying?
“I thought for a brief moment between the election and the inauguration that he might be awed by the responsibility of the job, and really try to grow into it. As he had admitted, there were a lot of things he didn’t know about the job. But then when he gave his inauguration [speech] and insisted on lying about the crowd size? I’ve been to every inauguration for 25 or so years; he did not have a very big crowd. And I said, “What’s wrong with him? What’s wrong with the people that he has around him who he’s making go out on TV and say it was the biggest crowd?” It really bothered me because I thought, “That’s delusional.” It’s one thing to have a set of policies that you disagree with, but to have someone following the kind of authoritarian playbook to disrupt reality, to try to force you to believe what he wants you to believe by distracting, diverting and continually lying? That’s different. We haven’t ever had to deal with that.”
It’s clear the only magazine she ever reads is TIME, and reality is way outside of a TIME cover darlin’ — we see it for precisely what it is. An America that is much better off with Trump as our President and not Hillary. Thank God.
What did you learn about yourself as you watched the series?
The only thing that I have thought about is, could I have done a better job for all the people who say “I never really knew her” or “I never really got her”? Could I have done a better job conveying that than I did when I was front and center in the public eye?
What would that have looked like?
See, I don’t know the answer. The woman factor is obviously there, but I have thought about what I could have done differently or better. But that’s water under the dam, as they say.
After reading this interview, I have one question for Hillary. Why are you still doing interviews like this? You’re telling us that you’ve decided to step back, so please Hillary, do yourself and all of us a favor. Follow your advice, Hillary, in your own words, like “water under the dam.” Be gutsy and step back. But we know you won’t, so if you do choose to pursue a deal with Netflix or another Hollywood docuseries, maybe consider doing one on Epstein or Weinstein. That would sell out at the box office if you push it hard enough. Call up Google’s guys at YouTube. I’m sure they’ll help you promote that SEO way over the target.
Watch this woman “power,” in all of it’s “Hillary” glory.