Hillary Clinton Says A Woman Would Have Better Handled Coronavirus: ‘Especially If It Were Me’

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Former First Lady Hillary Clinton said Monday that a female president would have better managed the coronavirus pandemic in the United States — “especially if it were me.”

“I have no doubt, especially if it were me. No, I mean I was born for that. I mean that’s why I knew I’d be a good president,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate told journalist Sway Calloway on “Sway in The Morning” in response to a question about whether female world leaders have done more to battle the pandemic.

“I was ready for crises and emergencies and I would have done what you see these women leaders doing,” Clinton continued. “You listen to the science, you bring in people in an open, inclusive way, you communicate constantly, you make the case by explaining why what you’re doing is in the long-term interest, not only of health, but also of the economy.” (RELATED: Hillary Clinton On Trump’s Decision To Move On SCOTUS Replacement: ‘Institutions Are Being Undermined By the Lust For Power’)

Clinton said she is convinced she would have “stepped up to that crisis.”

The former secretary of state has also argued that the coronavirus “would be a terrible crisis to waste” and that Democrats should use the pandemic the pandemic to promote universal health care.

After Clinton said President Donald Trump used “racist rhetoric” to describe COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus,” China’s ambassador to South Africa praised Clinton for her remarks.