Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer avoided questions about whether the Clintons should be viewed as the face of the Democratic Party in an interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin on Monday.
“Lastly, your Democratic colleagues Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill have been openly critical of Hillary Clinton — comments that she has made about people who voted for Donald Trump,” Martin asked Schumer. “Now former President Bill Clinton has made comments to the press this week about his own impeachment. Are Bill and Hillary Clinton still helpful as public faces of the Democratic Party?”
“The bottom line is Democrats have to put forward a positive, strong economic program. We have to oppose Donald Trump when he’s wrong, but we also have sit and do positive things. So hypotheticals, who’s good who’s bad — we have to focus on the things that average, working-class, middle-class Americans need,” Schumer responded.
Former President Bill Clinton found himself in hot water after he acted like a victim in regards to his affair with Monica Lewinsky in a recent interview. He has already apologized for those comments. (RELATED: Bill Clinton Walks Back Heated Interview About Lewinsky Scandal)
North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, both Democrats, have recently criticized Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Democratic Senator Says Hillary Can’t Go Away ‘Soon Enough’)
“Not soon enough,” Heitkamp said in response to being asked when Clinton will “ride off into the sunset.”
“For those of us that are in states that Trump won, we would really appreciate if she would be more careful and show respect to every American voter and not just the ones who voted for her,” Sen. McCaskill told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt in March.