Hillary Clinton calls Republicans hypocrites for their focus on crime ahead of Thursday’s 2022 midterm elections.
The former secretary of state told CNN’s Don Lemon that Republicans don’t care about voter safety.
Instead, she implied they want to scare voters.
Donald Trump’s former presidential rival praised President Joe Biden’s efforts to fight inflation, calling the efforts impressive.
However, she added that it was more difficult to “focus on the future” than to deal with complaints.
Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Republicans centered primarily on crime.
She said it was ironic that they did not proactively speak out against the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Crime has been a significant issue for Republicans throughout the 2022 campaign.
Party members have spent millions attacking Democratic opponents for being soft or connecting them to efforts to defund the police.
One example Clinton cited of Republican hypocrisy is the contest between Kathy Hochul and Rep. Lee Zeldin, her GOP challenger.
Zeldin condemned the crime in New York in his attempt to become the state’s first Republican governor following George Pataki in 2006.
According to ad tracker AdImpact, Zeldin has aired six TV commercials in the past month, with five focusing on crime.
Some ads showed violent crimes in New York, including shootings and assaults – crimes Republicans blame Hochul for.
According to Hillary Clinton, the Republicans are trying to instill fear and anxiety in the people.
“They are not dealing with it. They are not trying to tackle it,” said Clinton.
“So I view it as an effort to scare voters.”
Response to Pelosi attack
Although Hillary Clinton agreed that crime was a legitimate concern for voters, she suggests that Republicans don’t want to solve the problems.
Instead, they want a problem.
Clinton shows contempt for Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate for mocking the attack on Paul Pelosi.
According to her, the Republican response to the attack indicated where the country is to have people like the Republican candidate who laugh at an attack on a person.
“I am rarely shocked anymore, but making fun of that attack, somehow trying to turn it into a joke, the same party that wants us to be worried about the crime,” she said.
“You know the hypocrisy is incredibly obvious.”
Although Hillary Clinton is one of America’s most famous Democrats, she has been the least visible figure in the party at election campaign events in recent years.
Her event with Hochul is the first candidate-specific rally she will headline this year.
New York Democrats have called for help, emphasizing the party’s concerns as Election Day approaches.
However, according to polls during a ticket rush in New York in mid-October, Hochul has 50% voter support, while Zeldin has 46%.
Hillary Clinton also noted that the tight race between Hochul and Zeldin is more of a “turnout problem.”
She also expects Kathy Hochul to come out victorious on Tuesday.