Hillary Clinton officially supports Kathy Hochul at the convention

Hillary Clinton looked a lot like a presidential candidate on Thursday during a speech to New York Democrats who mentioned Donald Trump, Jan. 6 and Fox News more times than Governor Kathy Hochul — whom she was apparently there to endorse. .

Clinton – who took the stage to rapturous applause and Sia’s song “Unstoppable” – began her remarks with warm words for the state’s Democratic officials and pandemic-related praise for her residents before moving on quickly. to a full-throated attack on Trump and the national Republican Party.

“I know many of us were hoping that defeating Trump would begin to heal our divisions. I certainly did,” she said.

“But now it should be clear to all of us that the struggle for unity and democracy is far from over.”

And later, Hochul used her speech at the Democratic State Committee Nominating Convention in Midtown to hail Clinton’s return to the spotlight amid speculation that she might be mounting her third bid for the White House.

“Welcome back, Hillary Clinton,” Hochul proclaimed.

“It’s so great to see you and hear your voice of reason…You have always inspired me, you and every elected woman who has gone before me, have made historic moments like this possible. “

In endorsing Hochul’s campaign for a full term as governor, Clinton only mentioned his name five times – while invoking Trump three times, and the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and Fox News twice each. .

Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the State Democratic Nomination Convention.
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Clinton also alluded to the latest chapter in the “Russiagate” scandal, which saw special counsel John Durham file court documents last week accusing his 2016 campaign of paying for computer research to create ” an inference” and a “narrative” linking Trump and the Kremlin.

“By the way, they’ve been chasing me again lately, in case you noticed,” she said of Durham’s independent investigation.

“It’s funny, the more trouble Trump gets in, the crazier the accusations and conspiracy theories about me seem to get…Fox is leading the charge with accusations against me, counting on their audience to fall in again the trap.

And she lambasted the GOP with a broad brush, saying, “Republicans are becoming putschists.”

Hillary Clinton arrives at the New York Democratic Party's 2022 State Nominating Convention in Manhattan on February 17, 2022.
Hillary Clinton arrives at the 2022 New York Democratic Party State Nominating Convention in Manhattan on February 17, 2022.

Clinton also referenced former Republican Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against The New York Times when she said of Fox, “And by the way, they come awfully close to real badness in their attacks.

A federal jury in Manhattan ruled against Palin on Tuesday, a day after the judge said he would dismiss the case because there was no evidence showing “actual malice” led to a Times op-ed from 2017 that wrongly linked his political action committee to the murder of former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords.

Clinton’s speech follows a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month in which Democratic pollster Doug Schoen and former Manhattan Borough Chairman Andrew Stein said she was “already in an advantageous position to become the Democratic candidate of 2024″.

They cited President Joe Biden’s age and low approval rating, as well as the “unpopularity” of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Hillary Clinton raises her arms with New York Governor Kathy Hochul at the 2022 New York Democratic Party State Nominating Convention
Hillary Clinton raises her arms with New York Governor Kathy Hochul at the 2022 New York Democratic Party State Nominating Convention

Following Clinton’s appearance at the convention on Thursday, Republican pollster John McLaughlin concluded that she “definitely keeps the door open” to run for president again.

“She doesn’t think Biden is running for re-election,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin also said a poll he conducted last month showed a Clinton nomination would be great news for Republicans, as it showed Trump beating her by 10 points, 51% to 41%.

Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway also said, “I think Republicans would welcome a candidacy from Hillary. It’s the best thing to do to get Biden-Harris running again.

“She clearly wasn’t vaccinated or reinforced for Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Conway said.

“She missed a chance today to look like a statesman, president-in-waiting, leader, visionary and instead looks like a CNN anti-Trump segment – ​​and with pretty much the same number of viewers.

Unions applaud during the convention.
Unions applaud during the convention.
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Walking in and out of the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City, Clinton was greeted with jeers of “Lock her up!” of a small group of protesters, including a woman who held a handwritten sign calling her “Evil Killary.”

Another woman wore a shirt that read “WE WILL NOT COMPLY” and held a Canadian flag sign in apparent solidarity with truckers opposed to that country’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Hochul was also heckled inside the convention by around 10 pro-tenant activists who interrupted her speech by waving enlarged photos of her with the words “Evictor-In-Chief” printed on a white banner across her forehead. .

The group was shouted at by Hochul supporters before being ejected by security guards.

Earlier, Hochul was nominated as the Democratic candidate for governor after winning the support of more than 85% of delegates, party chairman Jay Jacobs said.

City public attorney Jumaane Williams got 12.4% and Queens attorney Paul Nichols 1.9%, both well below the 25% threshold to qualify for the United States primary. June 28.

Additional reporting by Steven Nelson

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