CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin hammered the Democrats on Tuesday for their reticence to fight Republicans for fear that it might excite the base on the right to vote in the midterm elections.
'They are afraid of everything!'
Toobin was specifically responding to a controversial statement from Hillary Clinton about the tactics that Democrats should take against Republicans.
"Jeffrey Toobin, does she help, Hillary Clinton, or hurt Democratic candidates now four weeks away from the midterm elections?" asked CNN host Wolf Blitzer.
"Well let me just say, in answer, I think Democrats are pathetic!" Toobin responded. "They are afraid of everything!
"It's like, 'Oh we can't have Hillary talk because it will motivate the Republican base,'" he said in a mocking tone. "'We can't have Barack Obama talk cuz it'll motivate their base! We can't talk about impeachment or it'll motivate their base!'"
"You know what?" he added, "Hillary Clinton got 3 million votes than the other guy in 2016.”
“I don’t see why she shouldn’t be campaigning around the country," he concluded. "I don’t see why Barack Obama shouldn’t be campaigning. She is an enormously important figure in American history. She got 60 plus million votes. I don’t see why she shouldn’t speak out like any other famous person.”
“Absolutely not!" fired back former CIA official Phil Mudd. "She needs an extended vacation in the Arctic!"
Watch part of Toobin's comments below:
Clinton was criticized Tuesday for her comments that civility should not be used with Republicans since they were trying to destroy the values of the Democrats.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”