A former top Hillary Clinton adviser believes it’s possible the woman who lost to President Donald Trump in 2016 could make another presidential run in 2020.
The odds of it happening, however, are another story, according to one of her closest advisers.
What are the odds?
“It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” Philippe Reines told Politico, “but it’s not zero.”
Reines’ work with Clinton dates back to 2002, when he served as her senior adviser at the State Department. With a “straight face,” he told Politico that Hillary could be the party’s best hope to defeat Trump in 2020.
Among his arguments are Clinton’s support base of nearly 32 million people and her ability to “take a punch,” he told the news outlet.
Clinton has publicly said she’ll keep bashing Trump but has no plans to make another presidential run.
Reines told Politico he fears Democrats will realize only in hindsight it was a mistake to dismiss Clinton for the errors she made in 2016.
“Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification,” Reines told the news outlet. “She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
What did Trump say?
President Donald Trump this week tweeted that he was asked if he believes Clinton will run again.
Trump joked: “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, ‘I hope so!’ ”
I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, "I hope so!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2017
What is her popularity level?
Clinton’s popularity is lower than ever. She is polling at 36 percent – 5 points lower than Trump, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Clinton remains vocal following the release of her campaign memoir “What Happened.”
Since then, she has spoke against what she calls Trump’s “assault on our democracy,” Politico noted.
That include appearances on the “Rachel Maddow Show” and at the Atlantic Ideas Festival in Washington, D.C., among others. Clinton also received significant air time during CNN and CBS interviews.
Last week, she was asked about her husband Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s. She said on CBS News that she doesn’t believe it was an abuse of power because Lewinsky was “an adult.”
Even among liberals, eyes rolled over her comments.
“New York Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle blasted the former nominee in an op-ed Thursday, urging her to keep quiet,” Politico wrote.