A campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Patti Solis Doyle, confirmed in a recent interview accusations by leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that Clinton is ‘low energy.’
Solis Doyle also said Clinton doesn’t like interacting with voters and prefers the company of policy ‘experts.’
Trump has made a campaign issue of Hillary Clinton’s stamina in the presidential race, raising questions of whether the leading Democratic candidate has the fortitude to do the job.
Examples of Trump’s ‘low energy’ attacks on Clinton were reported by The Washington Post on January 1:
“She’ll do a couple of minutes in Iowa, meaning a short period of time. And then she goes home,” the GOP presidential front-runner said in Davenport, Iowa, a few weeks ago, as his attention turned to those areas. “You don’t see her for five or six days. She goes home, goes to sleep. I’m telling you. She doesn’t have the strength. She doesn’t have the stamina.”
Ever since — and increasingly in recent days — the magnate has lobbed a barrage of insults at Clinton from onstage at his campaign rallies, on television and online. The former secretary of state is “low-energy,” Trump says. She lacks stamina. She’s physically weak.
…“I think that my words represent toughness and strength. Hillary’s not strong. Hillary’s weak, frankly. She’s got no stamina; she’s got nothing,” the billionaire said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “She couldn’t even get back on the stage last night.”
Her energy level, he has said, should disqualify her from the presidency. “Hillary is a person who doesn’t have the strength or the stamina, in my opinion, to be president,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.” “She doesn’t have strength or stamina. She’s not a strong enough person to be president.”
…“She’s even lower-energy than Jeb Bush,” he told a South Carolina crowd on Wednesday.
Politico noted Solis Doyles was an adviser on Clinton’s two successful Senate campaigns and was her 2008 presidential campaign manager until she was replaced after Clinton finished third in Iowa. She then worked as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign and was Joe Biden’s campaign chief of staff, added Politico.
While the Politico article leads with Solis Doyle’s predictable denial of whether Hillary bears any responsibility for her husband former President Bill Clinton’s affairs and if they should hurt his wife’s candidacy, the real news is confirmation by an experienced Hillary campaign insider that Hillary has an energy problem campaigning and that Clinton disdains interacting with voters.
“You know, Bill Clinton, he gets so much energy from the people at his rallies. When he’s working a rope line, you can just see him light up. You know, she’s tired. She gets tired. She does it. She does it dutifully. Is it her most fun thing to do? No. Would she rather be looking at policy and going through legislation and working with a bunch of experts on how to, you know, improve the Affordable Care Act? Absolutely,” Solis Doyle explained. “This is not her favorite thing to do. It’s a mean, you know, to an end, I guess.”