Democrats are asking Hillary Clinton to take a note from former president Barack Obama and step out of the spotlight, The Hill reports.
“The Hill interviewed more a dozen Democrats about Clinton’s remarks, including many staunch Clinton supporters and former aides.”
According to the publication, Democrats believe that Clinton’s public remarks at the Recode Conference in California blaming the DNC for her November loss are hurting the party.
“Good God, what is she doing?” one aid remarked. “She’s apparently still really, really angry. I mean, we all are. The election was stolen from her, and that’s how she feels.”
“But to go out there publicly again and again and talk about it? And then blame the DNC?” the aide wondered. “It’s not helpful to Democrats. It’s not helpful to the country, and I don’t think it’s helpful to her.”
One former Obama aide concurs.
“If she is trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she’s achieving it,” one senior aide to former President Obama said. “But part of the problem she had was she didn’t have a vision for the Democratic Party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.”
The aide believes that Clinton’s continued presence makes it more difficult for new leaders to come forward.
“It’s hard to do that when you have the former nominee out there in a newsy, aggressive manner,” the aide said.
Other Democrats believe that Clinton is better off “laying low.”
“I’m not sure there is a political strategy here,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon said. “It sounds to me like more of a personal strategy.
“Complaining about an outcome and blaming everyone else is not a good political strategy,” he added.
Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, says there is frustration within the party over Clinton’s remarks.
“Some people I know are just frustrated that it’s happening,” he said. “She is a national hero and a great public servant and has the right to be upset.”
Simmons says that if Clinton is going to discuss the loss, “it would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed.”
Simmons worked for Al Gore‘s presidential campaign, and added that he is “intimately familiar” with the feelings that occur after a loss, and seemingly implied that Clinton could learn something from Gore.
“When Al Gore lost the election, he went to Europe, gained weight and grew a beard,” Simmons said. “He walked away. And there’s something to that.”