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Hillary Clinton: The ‘Increasing Radicalism And Irresponsibility’ Of Republicans Led To Trump

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Mike Brest Reporter

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Republican Party’s behavior radical and said that their behavior led to Donald Trump’s presidency in the afterword of her new book.

“We should be clear about this: The increasing radicalism and irresponsibility of the Republican Party, including decades of demeaning government, demonizing Democrats, and debasing norms, is what gave us Donald Trump,” Clinton writes in an essay adapted from her book “What Happened,” which was published in The Atlantic on Sunday. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Goes After ‘Secret Money’ In Politics While Using It For Her Own Dark Money Group)

The essay continues, “Whether it was abusing the filibuster and stealing a Supreme Court seat, gerrymandering congressional districts to disenfranchise African Americans, or muzzling government climate scientists, Republicans were undermining American democracy long before Trump made it to the Oval Office.”

Clinton’s reference of stealing a Supreme Court seat refers to President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. The Republican majority Senate decided not to hold a hearing for Garland and the seat went unfilled until they confirmed Neil Gorsuch.

“What Happened” is scheduled to come out in paperback on Tuesday.

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