by Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com · July 8, 2018
Hillary Clinton has ramped her public presence and her fundraising appeals in recent weeks, leading to speculation she’s plotting her 2020 comeback and preparing for a rematch with Donald Trump.
The New York Post notes that five times in the last month alone, Clinton sent e-mails touting her super PAC’s role in combating Trump. Most seized on headline-of-the-day type events, such as migrant children being separated from their families.
Under the message line, ‘horrific,’ Clinton wrote on June 18 about Trump’s controversial ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy: ‘This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.’
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were spotted together on a rare outing together on Saturday. The couple were all smiles as they walked off of a flight at Laguardia Airport
Hillary Clinton has ramped her public presence and her fundraising appeals
Speculation has begun Clinton will want a rematch against Trump in 2020
She noted she warned about Trump’s immigration policies during the 2016 campaign.
Clinton raised more than $1.5 million for families being separated at the border with her pleas. The money went to several groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.
Half of the donations came from Twitter, with email, Instagram, and Facebook following behind, Marie Claire reported.
And the day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Clinton introduced a new resistance partner: Demand Justice. The group promises to protect ‘reproductive rights, voting rights and access to health care’ by keeping Senate Democrats united in opposing any conservative Trump nominee for the high court.
And Demand Justice’s executive director is Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton’s campaign press secretary.
Clinton’s next scheduled public appearance is at the third annual Ozy Fest that takes place July 21 and 22 in Central Park.
She will be interviewed by Laurene Powell Jobs, president and founder of the Emerson Collective, a nonprofit organization that advocates for progressive causes.
The Democratic Party has been locked in an ideological fight since the 2016 election with no clear leader emerging to lead the party through the next few years.
Liberals were furious the party establishment worked against Bernie Sanders to ensure Clinton the presidential nomination.
And leftist candidates, such as self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset victory in the New York primary over Rep. Joe Crowley, have emerged this year as a result.
Multiple Democrats have stoked the 2020 speculation fires with talk of challenging Trump in two years.
And former President Barack Obama is playing Democratic power broker as he’s holding secret meetings with at least nine potential challengers to the sitting president.
The would-be contenders getting one-on-one time with the former commander in chief include Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Obama is also meeting with some lesser tier contenders, such as Mitch Landrieu, the former New Orleans mayor; Jason Kander, the failed 2016 Missouri Senate candidate; Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana; and Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, who hasn’t been to the Washington office, but got a private meeting when Obama was in Los Angeles in May.
Then there are those rumored to want to run in 2020 who haven’t been through Obama’s door: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Nevada Senator Kamala Harris and former Virginia GovernorTerry McAuliffe.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker stopped by last year but hasn’t been back since.
Clinton has been more outspoken about Trump’s policies than Obama, who appears to be playing a backroom power-broker type role in the party.
The former secretary of state slammed Trump’s immigration policy at an awards lunch for the Women’s Forum of New York last month.
‘This is a moral and humanitarian crisis,’ Clinton said. ‘Every one of us who’s ever been a parent or a grandparent, an aunt, a big sister, any one of us who’s ever held a child in our arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.’
The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin offers these reasons Clinton, who would be 73 at the time of 2020 election, may run:
There’s no clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination 18 months into Trump’s presidency and Clinton remains the closest thing to an incumbent. She’s also got numerous advantages to give her a head start, including name recognition and campaign experience.
Second, a crowded, diverse field diminishes the chances of anyone defeating her. In 2016, Trump outlasted 16 Republican rivals by having a committed core of supporters that grew as the field shrunk.
Third, looking ahead to the 2020 primaries, Clinton has no reason to fear the favorite daughters and sons in key blue states. She would almost certainly beat Harris in California, Booker in New Jersey and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York.
Fourth, money is not an issue. Some donors will resist Clinton at first, but any Democratic nominee can count on all the money in the world to run against Trump.
Clinton could emerge as leader of the Democratic Party as it fights for its identity
Clinton has been more critical of Trump in public than former President Barack Obama
Goodwin notes Clinton may not run because of her health or if a younger rival emerges to the top of pack and becomes the party’s next Obama.
In a speech to Oxford University in late June, Clinton bemoaned the American electoral college system that saw her win the popular vote in 2016 but lose the presidency.
‘Populists can stay in power by mobilizing a fervent base. Now, there are many other lessons like this, she said, adding that she had ‘my personal experience with winning three million more votes but still losing.’
Daily Mail · by Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com · July 8, 2018