According to a new book, Bill Clinton mocked Hillary's campaign

 December 13, 2023

According to a new book, former president Bill Clinton expressed his disapproval of his wife Hillary's misguided campaigning during the 2016 election season.

Ryan Grim of The Intercept wrote about the former first family in his book, "The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution" last week, as Fox News reported.

The author quotes the former president as criticizing his wife's campaign for lacking communication skills and specifically saying that they couldn't sell "p---- on a troop train."

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Bill Clinton's purported fall 2016 statement to a close friend coincided with reports that Democrats had approached Hillary to assist Biden in his reelection campaign.

In a section of his book that examines the communications tactics of her campaign and then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Grim looks to be the first to disclose the remarks.

"Former president Bill Clinton, surveying the landscape and the ham-handed efforts at identity politics, was bereft, lamenting to a longtime friend in the fall of 2016 that Hillary's campaign 'could not sell p---- on a troop train,'" Grim wrote in the book.

Nonetheless, this purportedly wasn't the initial instance in which Bill Clinton reprimanded Hillary's campaign. According to another book, he allegedly cautioned them against disregarding battleground states.

Hillary Clinton infamously encountered extensive critique for her alleged insufficient campaigning efforts in Midwestern states during the 2016 election, a factor that many contend swayed the outcome in favor of former President Donald Trump.

Former President's Advice

However, ABC News reported that Bill allegedly urged Hillary's campaign not to neglect those areas during the election; his pleadings ultimately "fell on deaf ears."

The assertion was published in the 2017 book "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign," authored by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. Former Hillary staff members responded negatively to the claim.

"He thought, these eggheads don't really know politics. They don't understand persuasion," Allen said during an ABC News podcast at the time of the book's release, adding that Bill advised Hillary's campaign to visit suburban and rural areas where Hillary likely would not garner most of the votes.

"He knew there was some power just in showing up," Allen said.

Democrats are allegedly considering Hillary Clinton to help President Biden's re-election efforts, despite her defeat in 2016.

According to NBC News, she hosted a Biden fundraiser at her Georgetown residence last month that raised nearly $1 million. Biden considers her female supporters significant segments of the Democratic electorate to be assets as he seeks to broaden his voter outreach.

NBC predicts that Clinton's contribution to Biden's re-election campaign will increase as the 2024 presidential election approaches.

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