Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee who has been at the forefront of efforts to defeat Donald Trump, is trying her best to build a broad anti- Trump resistance movement in 2020 as she seeks the White House.
The former secretary of State is hoping to draw millions of people to rallies in states including Texas, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Democrats are holding contests, to rally around a single message: “We can’t let Donald Trump become president.”
The 2016 election marked a turning point for Clinton, who had long been viewed as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
She defeated her GOP rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), in the primary by nearly a million votes.
The margin was the largest victory by a female candidate for president in modern history, and Clinton became the first woman to clinch the Democratic nod by winning more delegates than Sanders, who garnered 1.3 million.
While Sanders had already locked up the nomination, Clinton and the Democratic Party are hoping to use the next few months to demonstrate to Americans that they are not only capable of winning the White Congress but also that they have the ability to put their own agenda into action.
The campaign is aiming to build on Sanders’ winning populist message and build upon Clinton’s message of supporting the middle class and creating a more equal society.
Clinton, who has struggled to connect with voters since leaving the State Department, is seeking to exploit Sanders’ populist message to appeal to a more conservative constituency, particularly working class Americans who tend to vote Democratic.
She has spent months pushing back against Trump’s rhetoric and trying to connect her message with the anxieties of working class voters, especially young Americans who have been devastated by economic and social changes.
“We have to talk to working people,” Clinton told reporters last month.
“We have a very complicated job, which is to make sure that we are making the kind of economic and political changes that are going to get our country moving forward, and we have to make a really bold and effective case to people that we have the capacity to do that.
In an interview with The Associated Press in December, Clinton was asked what lessons she would have learned from the election if she had run for president and whether she would continue to pursue a progressive agenda.
I would have loved to have been president of the United States, but I think it was the right thing to do,” Clinton said. “
I would have been very proud to have run as an independent.
I would have loved to have been president of the United States, but I think it was the right thing to do,” Clinton said.
The campaign’s focus on working-class voters is the first time Clinton has directly addressed the issue.
In 2016, the former first lady spent much of her time railing against the Trump administration, and in January, she said she would not be a candidate for the presidency if she didn’t have a progressive vision for the country.
During the campaign, Clinton also talked up her work on behalf of veterans and her plans to work with congressional Republicans to ensure that veterans are covered under Medicare.
Democrats in the House of Representatives have already passed legislation to allow veterans to obtain disability benefits for injuries sustained while serving in the armed forces.
At a rally last month in San Diego, California, Clinton said that, if elected, she would appoint Veterans Affairs Secretary Mike Leavitt to oversee the Veterans Health Administration.
Leavit is the current chief of staff to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, the first openly gay member of Congress, will be challenging Republican Rep. Sean Duffy in November for his seat.
Scott Walker, who was re-elected in 2016, is running against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a billionaire businessman and former Milwaukee Bucks owner who has a history of making controversial remarks about minorities.
Trump has won a majority of delegates from five states and the District of Columbia, according to an AP tally, but is not a lock to become the Republican nominee.