Politics

Clinton Aide: Hillary Would Be President if Hulu Doc Came Out Before Election

Longtime Hillary Clinton loyalist Philippe Reines said his boss would have been elected president if the new Hulu documentary about her life came out before Election Day in 2016.

"There's just so much she and we can do," Reines told MSNBC on Tuesday. "We would have loved to have had this—you know, Nanette [Burstein] probably is responsible for more than Vladimir Putin. If we had this documentary the day before Election Day in 2016, she would be president right now."

In addition to a lack of documentary footage prior to her 2016 campaign, Clinton has assigned blame for her loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and his supporters, coverage of her paid Wall Street speeches, coverage of her private email server usehigh expectations, fake newsFacebookWikiLeaks and Russian interferenceAmerican collusion with Russian interference, the Democratic National Committee, and sexism. She's also called for the abolition of the Electoral College.

She has particularly blamed former FBI director James Comey and the letter he sent to Congress reopening the investigation into her private email server on Oct. 28, 2016.

Clinton's loss to Trump, her long career in politics, and her sometimes stormy personal life are the main subjects of the four-part series Hillary, directed by Burstein.

In a long segment on Morning Joe, Burstein, Reines, and fellow Clinton loyalists Adrienne Elrod and Nick Merrill praised Clinton's transparency and relatability in the documentary. It received mixed reviews.

The Washington Post described Hillary as an "artfully structured personal history of modern feminism," but BuzzFeed panned it as "more akin to a glossy and meandering pop star portrait," rather than a meaningful cultural analysis. Time criticized it for not telling viewers anything new about Clinton and her life.

"When people are open-minded about her, they absolutely will see her in a different way," Reines said on Tuesday.

Clinton's team has long struggled to make the "real Hillary" shine through to the public. In July 2015, three months after she launched her second failed presidential campaign, the New York Times‘s Mark Leibovich wrote an article headlined, "Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton."

"If only you could know the person I know is a recurring lament among friends of candidates who, for whatever reason, have been deemed deficient on the likable-relatable scale," Leibovich wrote.