After the 2016 presidential election fiasco, the word “Hillary” has taken on as much weight in politics as “Macbeth” in the theatre.
For the past three years, the ghost of the former Secretary of State’s presidential campaign has haunted Democrats, reminding them of the risk of partisan fracture.
Today, just days away from the Iowa Caucus, Macbeth has returned to the stage.
A new four-part documentary on Hulu, and that is expected to premiere at Sundance, puts Hillary Clinton’s controversial figure in the spotlight with a life plagued by obstacles — external and homegrown— from her husband’s infidelity scandal in the White House to her campaign for presidency.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Howard T. Owens got more than 2,000 hours of footage of the 2016 Clinton campaign, ready to be transformed into a documentary that Hulu had already set its sights on, and which had the potential to reach international audiences. Hey
After hiring Nanette Burstein as director, one campaign story was transformed into a cinematic nude of Clinton’s life.
Entitled Hillary, the archival footage was framed thanks to 35 more hours that the former first lady gave exclusively to the team, “recounting everything from her husband’s affair as president with then-intern Monica Lewinsky to election night 2016, when her own presidency eluded her grasp.”
However, it was one of her statements in the documentary that made today’s media headlines.
I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!
But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 22, 2020
Clinton talks openly about the perception that colleagues on Capitol Hill seem to have about Senator and new presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” says the former Secretary in the film.
In an exclusive interview with the Reporter, Clinton stood by her statement and went a little further:
“It’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.”
This comment coincides with the unveiling of a conversation between Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren during 2018, in which both met to discuss the Democratic primary in which they would compete, and where Sanders allegedly said, “he did not believe a woman could win.”
Clinton stressed that, in fact, she showed that it is possible.
“I think that both the press and the public have to really hold everybody running accountable for what they say and what their campaign says and does,” she said in the interview. “That’s particularly true with what’s going on right now with the Bernie campaign having gone after Elizabeth with a very personal attack on her. Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a woman couldn’t be elected, it’s part of a pattern. If it were a one-off, you might say, “OK, fine.” But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me.”
Finally, to her female colleagues in the race, Clinton offered an important advice:
“Look, you can run the best campaign, but you’re going to have to be even better than your best campaign to overcome some of the unfairness that will be directed at you as a woman.”