Hillary Clinton showed her “disdain” for the millions of Americans who voted for President Donald Trump when she attributed his victory to a “backward” view of politics, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.
Sanders, speaking to reporters at the White House press briefing, fired back at remarks made by the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic nominee during an event in India over the weekend. The press secretary described the comments as “a perfect example of why Hillary Clinton is not in the White House.”
“She is completely disconnected from the American public and certainly I think shows her disdain for the millions and millions of Americans who came out and voted and supported President Trump and still support him today,” the press secretary said.
Clinton on Saturday discussed her loss to Trump during the 2016 election, saying she failed to muster sufficient support in the “middle” of the country, an area she described as less productive and forward-looking.
“I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” Clinton said during a conference in Mumbai. “And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want, you know, to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.”
Clinton’s comments sparked backlash among conservatives and prompted some Democratic senators to distance themselves from their party’s former nominee.
“Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told reporters Tuesday. “I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.”
Clinton also suggested she did not draw enough support from white married women in those regions because of “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway took exception to the remarks during a Thursday appearance on Fox & Friends.
“The idea that I, or other women like me, have to ask our husbands how to vote, it’s really a joke,” she said. “Particularly since this country knows who you are, first and foremost, because of who you married."
Conway added: “Stop pretending you’re a feminist, you’re for equality, you’re for fairness for women, and then running around accusing us of checking with our husbands and significant others before we vote."