Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Hillary Clinton’s recent comments characterizing those who voted for President Donald Trump as xenophobic and misogynistic, telling Fox News Sunday that her remarks were “wrong.”
“It’s not helpful at all,” said Durbin, the Senate minority whip and a loyal Clinton supporter. “My friend Hillary Clinton is wrong.”
During a recent trip to India, Clinton said Americans didn’t “deserve” Trump. She also suggested that those who voted for her came from more prosperous regions of the country, that some who selected Trump held racist or misogynist views and that many women caved to pressure from men to vote for him.
Since her election loss, Clinton has frequently tried to explain her defeat.
But Durbin said that rather than casting blame on others, Democrats acknowledge the reality of their previous electoral failure.
“Thirty percent of the people who voted for Donald Trump had voted for President Obama. Why?” Durbin said. “The same people who looked for change with President Obama thought there wasn’t enough as far as their personal lives were concerned and they supported Donald Trump.”
Durbin stressed, according to Politico, that “We have new Democratic leadership, and more people aspiring to be candidates in 2020. It’ll be a different cast of characters completely.”
“Hillary Clinton, like every American, has the right to express her point of view and she obviously gets press coverage,” the senator said, “but we are moving onto the next chapter in American history.”