In her recent remarks, the U.S. defeated candidate in the 2016 presidential elections pointed to the current challenges in Europe and tried to take a stance accordingly! Hillary Clinton, who spoke briefly of her possible presence in the 2020 presidential elections before, warned against the raise of nationalism in Europe, while praising Angela Merkel’s policies toward immigrants.
“Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists”, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the European authorities to send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”.
“I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part and must send a very clear message – ‘we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support’ – because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic,” Clinton added.
Clinton criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his support for the Brexit. Brexit, described by Clinton as the biggest act of national economic self-harm in modern history, “was largely about immigration” she said. Hillary Clinton also warned against Brexit consequences during her speech.
This is while Donald Trump has long been supporting the UK’s exit from the European Union, and has even advised other European countries to follow London’s decision to leave the EU. Regarding Hillary Clinton’s remarks, there are some points that should be taken into consideration:
Firstly, Hillary Clinton’s main goal of praising Europe is to implicitly appeal for a renewed European political support for her in the upcoming presidential election. We can remember that in the 2016 presidential elections, the leaders of the three European countries of Germany, France, and the UK, supported Clinton against Trump.
Hillary Clinton is now trying to regain this support. It should not be forgotten that Hillary Clinton will face a tough in-party competition for the 2020 presidential elections. This is while some Democrat leaders are no longer willing to support Hillary Clinton against her rivals as before.
The second point is about Hillary Clinton’s role in creating the immigration crisis inside Europe and in the international system. In 2013, the former U.S. Secretary of State has played an important role in the establishment of ISIS and other Takfiri and terrorist groups in West Asia. The United States’ indirect financial and arms support for the terrorist and Takfiri groups reached its climax during Hillary Clinton’s presence in the U.S. Department of State.
Under such circumstances, the former foreign Secretary of State is one of the main agents in creating terror and insecurity in West Asia and North Africa. We all know that one of the main reasons for the immigration crisis in Europe is the insecurity raised in the Middle-East as a result of the American officials’ intervention!
Many residents of the Wes-Asian and North African countries, due to the ongoing security crises, and because of the continuous presence of terrorist groups that have been fueled by the United States and its European partners, were forced to immigrate to Western countries. In such a situation, Hillary Clinton speaks as if she has basically had nothing to do with creating this crisis in the West!
The final point is that Hillary Clinton has twice been a candidate in the U.S. presidential elections held in 2008 and 2016, and she was defeated in both. Hence, many Democrat voters prefer to support a second candidate during the 2020 presidential elections. Clinton, however, seems to be willing to re-appear in the next electoral competitions through the lobbies of her husband Bill Clinton, and other remarkable Democrat figures such as Al Gore and Madeleine Albright.
At any rate, the polls’ results indicate that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a chance to win the next U.S. presidential elections. According to recent polls conducted in the United States, people like Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and even John Kerry have more chances to win the next elections compared to Hillary Clinton, a fact that Clinton doesn’t want to accept!
First published in our partner Tehran Times