(CNSNews.com) – “Maybe there does need to be a rematch,” 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in an interview on Tuesday night, after President Trump suggested on Twitter that she should run for the White House again in 2020.
“I mean, obviously I can beat him again,” she added, apparently referring to the 2016 presidential popular vote, in which she won 2.8 million more votes than her GOP rival. Trump won the presidency by 306 Electoral College votes to 232.
Was she joking?
Clinton’s comments on “PBS NewsHour” got some people excited on Twitter, feeding into speculation that has been swirling over recent weeks that the 71-year-old former secretary of state and first lady could make a late entry into a large field of Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Clinton has been more active on social and in mainstream media, criticizing Trump policies, backing the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, and calling him a “corrupt human tornado.”
She has also been a lot more visible as she promotes a new book coauthored with her daughter, Chelsea, entitled “The Book of Gutsy Women.”
Host Judy Woodruff asked Clinton about Trump’s comments and tweets about her, particularly one posted early on Tuesday morning, when the president said he thought “Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren.”
“Only one condition: The crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors, including how and why she deleted 33,000 e-mails AFTER getting ‘C’ Subpoena!”
(Massachusetts Sen. Warren has been close on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden in Democratic 2020 presidential primary opinion polls since September and has overtaken him to lead in several polls this month.)
Clinton then tweeted back at the president, “Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”
“You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me,” Clinton told Woodruff. It was not the first time in recent weeks she has used the word in the context of Trump’s comments about her.
“But this latest tweet is so typical of him,” Clinton continued. “Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional, or both.
"There was no subpoena – as he says in a tweet this morning.”
“So maybe there does need to be a rematch,” she said. “I mean, obviously, I can beat him again.”
“But, just seriously, I don't understand, I don't think anybody understands what motivates him, other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation.”
“I said during the campaign, there was no ‘other’ Donald Trump. What you saw was what you were going to get,” Clinton said. “And I think a lot of Americans understandably thought, oh, no, come on. That can’t possibly be the case; once he’s in the office, he will certainly moderate his behavior. Well, we have seen, no, he hasn’t.”
A Rasmussen phone and online survey matching up Clinton with Trump in 2020 put their support from likely U.S. voters tied at 45 percent. But when asked whether they thought Clinton should enter the Democratic primary race, only 18 percent of respondents said she should, versus 71 percent who disagreed.
Sixty-one percent of voters thought Clinton “unlikely” to win the nomination if she entered the race, 35 percent of whom thought her “not at all likely” to be nominated. Thirty-six percent of respondents said Clinton winning the nomination was “likely,” including 12 percent who thought it “very likely.”
Despite her assertion that “there was no subpoena,” the House Select Committee on Benghazi did issue a subpoena for all of the former secretary of state’s emails related to the deadly Sept. 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The select committee issued the subpoena on March 4, 2015 – two days after news broke about Clinton’s use of a private email server while conducting official business as secretary of state.
Three weeks later an employee of the company managing the server deleted the email archive using software called BleachBit.
Clinton’s team had reportedly asked the company to delete the emails late the previous year – well before the subpoena was issued – but it had failed to follow the instruction, and only did so when it realized its oversight.
On that basis Clinton denies that the emails were deleted deliberately to avoid the subpoena, a stance later backed by then-FBI Director James Comey. She also says the more than 30,000 deleted emails were private and not work-related.