‘A real battle’
Clinton on America’s fight for democracy
Hillary Clinton has said that the US was still in a “real battle for our democracy” against pro-Trump forces on the far right.
At a Guardian Live online event on Monday, Clinton fended off suggestions the world was witnessing the twilight of US democracy, but said: “I do believe we are in a struggle for the future of our country.”
The former secretary of state and presidential candidate said she believed there was majority support for Joe Biden’s agenda. “But the other side wants to rule by minority,” she told the Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland. “It has a very powerful weapon in the filibuster in the Senate to rule by minority. It wants to change election laws so that it doesn’t lose elections, despite what the will of the people might be.”
Clinton was referring to a raft of state legislation promoted by Republicans aimed at restricting access to the ballot. “The January 6 insurrection at our capitol was a terrorist attack,” she added, noting the parallel with the 9/11 attacks. “We are now much more worried about internal threats, and there are some who say you can’t equate them, having planes flown into the World Trade Center and the terrible loss of life.
“That’s a horrific external attack, but now we are engaged in a very serious unfortunate but real battle for our democracy against forces, either led by or inspired by Donald Trump.”