Team Clinton – Spiraling Into FULL Trump Panic!

Team Clinton – Spiraling Into FULL Trump Panic!

As we race towards the general election, it seems clear that Hillary Clinton will be the likely Democratic Party nominee. But is she scared of running against Trump?

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About 300 Clinton supporters packed into a stiflingly hot community center in Alexandria Wednesday afternoon, waiting nearly an hour and a half for Bill Clinton as a thunderstorm raged outside. “I apologize for being late,” the former president said when he finally took the stage. “But for once in my life, it really wasn’t my fault! Mother Nature did it!”

Bolstered by the aggressive campaigning of Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe and a natural pro-establishment constituency in northern Virginia, Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead against Sanders in the state. But that lead has shrunk in recent weeks. And with just one week to go before Super Tuesday, a clutch of Clinton surrogates has descended on the state to staunch the bleeding.

But Bill Clinton never mentioned Sanders by name. In fact, he barely referenced him even obliquely. Instead, he immediately and repeatedly trained his fire on Donald Trump. “I was looking at the results of the Republican primary in Nevada last night,” he told the crowd. “I heard that line again, ‘We’re going to make America great again.’ . . . America never stopped being great. What we need to do is make America whole again, so it works for everybody!”

“Hillary says, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to build any walls,’” Clinton continued. “I want to build ladders of opportunity!” The former president struck Trump several more times in his speech, decrying his “appalling anti-Muslim rhetoric” and saying that “we don’t need a wall on the Rio Grande River.”

… Sanders has said that he welcomes a one-on-one fight with Donald Trump, a sentiment echoed by many Democrats, who assume that the real-estate mogul’s extreme positions will make him an easy target for their nominee. One or two Democrats at Wednesday’s rally echoed that notion. “I think it’s fine, I think it’s great, because I think Hillary will beat him,” says Alexandria native Kristen Race, who calls Trump’s rapid rise to the nomination “the best-case scenario.”

But the Clinton campaign itself seems suddenly anxious over the Trump phenomenon. “Everything’s coming up Trump — we need to take this seriously!” they wrote in the subject line of a fundraising e-mail sent late on Wednesday evening.

Most Clinton Democrats at the rally agreed and are nervously eyeing Trump’s dominance over his Republican rivals. “A couple of months ago, I would’ve said, ‘Okay, that would be our best possible strategy, that Trump would win, Hillary would beat him,’” says Kathy Michaelman, of Fairfax, Va. “But the way I see people voting and the support that he’s getting — when he alienates a group, the next day his numbers go up, when you think it would make them go down — that’s what worries me.”

This likely isn’t Clinton being intimidated by Trump, but just being smart by getting a leg up on who she thinks her opponent will be. The fact is, she kills Trump in every single poll that puts them up against each other — if Trump is nominated, the presidency is as good as hers.

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