Clinton, promoting memoir addressing her 2016 US election defeat, tells UK audiences that the Kremlin is ‘hacking our unity’ by waging information war.
Hillary Clinton embarked on a speaking tour of Britain with a message that the Brexit referendum was won on the basis of a big lie and warning that Vladimir Putin has been conducting a “cyber cold war” against the west.
She urged more women to enter politics and praised those who spoke up about the Hollywood movie mogul and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein, saying his reported behaviour was disgusting.
But Clinton observed that Donald Trump had admitted to sexual attack and had a long history of misogyny, yet his supporters were comfortable that he was now in the Oval Office.
Some Democrats had urged her to be silent after her defeat to Trump but she was not going to go away, said Clinton. She vowed to play her part in an attempt to win back Democratic seats in the forthcoming midterm elections. She admitted she “just collapsed with real grief and disappointment” after her election defeat.
Clinton, who is touring the country to promote What Happened – her memoir reflecting on the election defeat, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “Looking at the Brexit vote now, it was a precursor to some extent of what happened to us in the United States.”
She decried the amount of fabricated information voters were given: “You know, the big lie is a very potent tool and we’ve somewhat kept it at bay in western democracies, partly because of the freedom of the press. There has to be some basic level of fact and evidence in all parts of our society.”
She urged Britain to be cautious about striking a trade deal with Trump, saying he did not believe in free trade.
In other comments during the Cheltenham literary festival, she accused the Kremlin of waging an information war throughout the 2016 US election process. The tactics “were a clear and present danger to western democracy and it is right out of the Putin playbook”, she said.