Many people have wondered why Hillary Clinton did not retire to the woods after her 2016 presidential loss to Donald Trump. It seems we’ve seen more of her this year than during her 2016 campaign, and the reason for that may be that she has been in campaign mode for 2020.
To the dismay of the presidential hopefuls who will be vying to win the Democratic nomination, it appears that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president in 2020.
A Wall Street Journal opinion piece co-authored by Mark Penn, Clinton’s adviser in 1995-2008, came out under a somewhat clickbaity headline: “Hillary Will Run Again.” The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate herself never said she would or would not do that, but the authors – Penn and former Manhattan Borough president Andrew Stein – believe that a “Hillary 4.0” is on the way, RT reports.
Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle – back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994,” they wrote in the op-ed published on Sunday. Penn and Stein believe that Clinton should lean further left, capitalizing on the #MeToo movement, advocating universal healthcare and stricter gun laws.
All of that, along with her burning desire to avenge a “humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur,” will allow her to “easily capture the 2020 [Democratic] nomination,” the piece argues.
The pair claimed that Clinton wants another bite at the apple to unseat Trump after her “humiliating loss” to him in 2016.
“You can expect her to run for president once again,” the authors said. “Maybe not at first, when the legions of Senate Democrats make their announcements, but definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing.”
They also suggest that Hillary will “come full circle” back to some of her most cherished ideas.
“[T]his new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle — back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994,” they wrote.
While the op-ed is largely speculative, it comes just two days after the former secretary of state hinted that she just might be launching another bid. Having said that she does not want to run, Clinton paradoxically admitted that she “would like to be president” during a questions-and-answers session on Friday.
The op-ed’s authors suggest that Clinton won’t hurry to jump in the race at first, but will do so“definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing.”
The prospects of Clinton giving it another go, however, are not so thrilling even for those who have been dreaming of a Democrat retaking the White House in 2020. Some have already started panicking, with one commentator tweeting that a remake of the Clinton-Trump showdown will “signify the end of humanity.”
A Trump vs Clinton presidential race in 2020 will signify the end of humanity. We shouldn’t have to vote between the lesser of two evils 🤯
— 𝕯 (@DanielB2K20) November 12, 2018
“With her 1994 universal-health-care call & Reinventing herself as a liberal firebrand, #Hillary will easily capture Dems’ 2020 nomination,” opines Dems Mark Penn & Andrew Stein in @WSJ👇 pic.twitter.com/jrRuATNhHN
— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) November 12, 2018
Even members of the anti-Trump resistance crowd mostly appeared to agree that recycling candidates is not a very good idea if one wants to challenge Trump.
I love HRC but no to 2020. No Bernie, no Biden, no Kerry, no Clinton. There will be plenty of other qualified candidates.
— ⚖️SuperCallousFragileRacistSexistNaziPOTUS⚖️ (@parkerinthesky) November 12, 2018
If Hillary Clinton runs again in 2020, were screwed! She won’t beat him. Give me Beto or even Joe Biden.
— Beefer Sutherland (@ElectrikOne) November 11, 2018
“Mrs. Clinton will easily capture the 2020 nomination.” Oh honey no. Read the room. Do you not see who all just got elected? No Bidens, no Kerrys, no Clintons, no reboots. https://t.co/N2xORZYflv
— Amanda B❄️wer (@heyprofbow) November 12, 2018
Bernie Sanders supporters were understandably enraged by the suggestion, accusing Clinton of privatizing the Democratic Party.
If there is a person who will rejoice at the news of “Clinton for 2020,” it’s her nemesis, Trump himself, many noted.
A #BernieSanders + #ElizabethWarren ticket for POTUS 2020 is our best chance to avoid the nightmare of 4 more years of Trump. Check out Republican tweets and you'll find they LOVE they idea of Hillary running again, because they know how much that'd rally them. #BlueWave2020
— PREPARE FOR GENERAL STRIKES! (@steeg_m) November 12, 2018
In 2016 nothing made the Hillary campaign happier than getting Trump as an opponent.
In 2020, nothing could make the re-election campaign happier than for Clinton to try again.
— Darth Taxevader (@The_Weakonomist) November 12, 2018
Ahead of the midterms, President Trump told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he “would be very happy with Hillary” as his opponent, adding that so far he “likes” all his potential challengers.
News that Clinton might try to take on President Donald Trump again elicited cheers from the White House. Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Sunday retweeted reporting on Penn and Stein’s assertion, adding: “Dear God, please, yes.”