US did not ‘deserve’ Trump presidency, says Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton told an audience in India that the United States did not “deserve” Donald Trump’s presidency and these are “perilous times.”

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke over the weekend at a conference in Mumbai, India’s commercial hub and financial capital.

Clinton said the Republican president has “quite an affinity for dictators” and said Trump “really likes their authoritarian posturing and behavior”. But she said she thinks it’s “more than that” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Clinton was critical of the reality campaign tactics of her opponent and questioned whether she should have provided more entertainment to voters who responded to Trump’s brash style.

Clinton was also critical on perceived gender bias in America’s heartland during the runup to the 2016 election: “We don’t do well with married, white women. And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Clinton told a receptive audience in Mumbai that while she thought President Donald Trump played to some of Americans’ worst fears, he does not reflect the country as a whole — and said the US “did not deserve” his presidency.

She also believes former FBI director James Comey’s October 28, 2016, letter to Congress about her private email server cost her support from white women voters.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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