While appearing on today’s episode of The View, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up about former President Donald Trump‘s 2024 presidential prospects, saying, “If he wants to be the [Republican] nominee, he will be the nominee.”
During the politician’s appearance on the ABC talk show, guest host Sherri Shepherd asked Clinton what the fact that 63% of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents believe Trump should lead their party says about the state of American democracy.
Clinton responded that every Republican who’s talking about running for the 2024 presidential nomination understands that Trump’s chances are strong if he decides to pursue the presidency again.
“What [these politicians] are doing is trying to placate and play up to him,” she said. “Because if he decides not to run, they want to be the second or other alternative choice.”
Clinton continued: “I think it says volumes about the Republican Party today that someone who has the record of attacking our own government, lying to people about the biggest health crisis that we’ve had in over 100 years, is considered the leader because they’re all afraid of the mob he has created, and keeps energized.”
She noted that historically, demagogues arise from time to time. “They can rise and they can fall, or they can have a sustained position of leadership — and authoritarian leadership to that,” Clinton said. “They are calling the shots for people who either truly believe what they’re being told, or who threw their lot in for partisan reasons, financial reasons, ideological reasons.”
Clinton also called out leaders of the Republican Party who have gone along with Trump’s plans “as though they’re members of a cult, not a political party,” and “the disinformation network known as Facebook.”
“We are still in the midst of a concerted, well-funded effort to undermine American democracy,” she concluded.
The View airs weekdays on ABC at 11/10c. Scroll up to watch a clip from today’s episode.