During a recent interview with CNN, Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds expressed his strong disapproval of former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s remarks about the Republican Party and its supporters. The congressman, who has been rumored as a potential running mate for Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race, vehemently criticized Clinton’s comparison of Republicans to being in a “cult.”
“How do you feel about being told you’re in a cult?” Donalds was asked during a recent appearance on CNN.
“I stopped caring about what Hillary Clinton had to say long ago because she lost a long, long time ago,” Donalds replied. “And she’s largely irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. But to a broader level, since Hillary wants to engage, allow me to engage.
“You lied multiple times, you destroyed emails, you destroyed evidence, and then you laundered phony information that you knew was phony into the intelligence community because you were scared you were going to lose,” Donalds continued. “You did all this, and you still lost, so I’m not going to listen to Hillary Clinton about who I should and should not support.”
“She has lied to the American people repeatedly. She used our government to spy on the campaign of one of her opponents. Yes, America, she did that. So if people like talking about Watergate and Nixon, look no further than Hillary Clinton and the Crossfire Hurricane,” he said, referencing the code name of the FBI’s investigation into Trump and his 2016 campaign, which was initiated during the last months of Barack Obama’s presidency, regarding the alleged collusion with Russia.
Clinton served as Obama’s secretary of state until 2013, when she departed to make preparations for her presidential campaign.
Contrary to the claims made by Clinton and many Democrats at the time, the FBI did not discover any evidence suggesting that Trump collaborated with Russian President Vladimir Putin to manipulate the election. Additionally, various congressional investigations and a special counsel inquiry led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller also failed to find any substantiation for this allegation.
For years following his victory, Clinton consistently referred to Trump as an “illegitimate president”.