As polling shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has all but lost the lead she had over Republican rival Donald Trump both nationally and in several important swing states, prominent leaders in her party are growing nervous about her chances in November.
The candidate herself addressed the issue during a video message to the Laborers’ International Union of North America. During her remarks, Clinton touted her labor platform in an attempt to rally support. Both the tone and content of her address, however, earned Clinton widespread ridicule online. “I will fight back against so-called right to work,” she said, referring to the right of workers not to be forced to support a labor union.
She called such provisions “wrong for workers and wrong for America” before elevating the volume of her voice for what has since become a roundly mocked rhetorical question. “Having said all that,” Clinton continued, “‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask.”
Plenty of Twitter critics presented their own theories.
Hillary-“Why aren’t I 50 points ahead, you might ask!”
Ummm…because nobody believes a word out of your mouth? I’m just spitballing here.
— Damon Deplorable (@DamonParker1) September 22, 2016
Townhall’s Guy Benson also threw a few ideas out, chiefly that Clinton is “a conniving, unrelatable, unaccountable, terrible candidate who people don’t like and don’t trust.”
Trump himself was asked about the comment during an interview Thursday morning. He replied his rival was not 50 points ahead of him because she is “terrible” and “everything she touches is bad.”
Of course, Clinton offered a different excuse, complaining that Trump has been able to obfuscate his record on issues like unionization.
“Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer,” she said. “I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody.”
Clinton went on to denounce some of Trump’s positions on labor issues, stating “he proudly declared himself 100-percent right to work” and “even hired a union-busting firm to break up an organizing campaign at his hotel in Las Vegas where you are right now.”
While the audience for her address is likely to side with Clinton’s rhetoric, the right-to-work issue on its own is hardly the ticket to her electoral success.
A 2014 Gallup poll showed more than 7 in 10 Americans would support a right-to-work law — including 65 percent of Democrats.