Bipartisan CNN Panel Rips Clinton for Remarks About Trump Voters: ‘Just Continues to Divide and Malign People’

• March 18, 2018 10:59 am


A bipartisan panel on CNN's "State of the Union" found agreement Sunday in blasting Hillary Clinton's acidic remarks about President Donald Trump's campaign and his voters during a recent India trip.

Clinton lit into Trump last week for having a "backwards" campaign" that was about appealing to people who "didn't like black people getting rights" or "women, you know, getting jobs," while saying she won parts of the country that represent "two-thirds of America's gross domestic product" and are "optimistic" and "diverse."

Trump won the election due to capturing states like Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that President Barack Obama won two times, and Clinton's remarks drew criticism from her side of the aisle, including red-state Senate Democrats facing re-election battles. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) even remarked Clinton couldn't go away "soon enough."

Former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D.), who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for the 2016 Democratic nomination, noted to host Jake Tapper that one of the states Clinton was criticizing was her own.

"No Republican has ever won the presidency without us, and President Obama won my state," she said. "So it was very hurtful to lump all Ohioans and all people—in politics, we should not criticize the voters. The onus is on the person that is running for office, and to do that just continues to divide and malign people."

Fellow panelist Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) said it was rare for him and Turner to agree on something.

"To suggest that the people of Wisconsin are somehow backwards or on the wrong side of history not only misreads history, it misreads the present moment," he said.

Gallagher, who was first elected to Congress in 2016, recalled one voter he spoke to said she wouldn't vote for him because she didn't care for Republicans, but she told him she was supporting Trump for president because he would shake things up.

Former Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki agreed attacking the voters wasn't the right course of action.

"There were a lot of dynamics in the race, no question, but I don't think you can blame it entirely—you shouldn't be blaming it on the electorate and there was a larger issue with the campaign, how it was run, and frankly her candidacy," she said.