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Clinton admits her book is based on Trump’s presidency and says he ‘masterminded’ Capitol riot

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Hillary Clinton admits she wrote a political thriller based on Donald Trump’s presidency and accuses him of ‘masterminding’ the January 6 Capitol riot

  • Clinton’s first novel State of Terror was released in early October of this year
  • She was asked on Sunday if her book is a ‘jab’ at Trump, who she lost to in 2016
  • The novel describes a former president who is dim-witted but charismatic and left Washington for Florida after losing his re-election bid
  • Her protagonist is a Secretary of State ‘of a certain age’ – a position she held
  • Clinton also reiterated warnings that Trump is a ‘danger’ to US democracy
  • The recent slew of media appearances have fueled 2024 rumors of a rematch 










Hillary Clinton was on television Sunday promoting her new political thriller State of Terror — which she admitted is based on her 2016 rival, former President Donald Trump.

In her third interview this month, the former first lady accused Trump of ‘masterminding’ the January 6 Capitol riot.

Her recent media blitz has fueled rumors that Clinton is testing the waters for her own re-election bid after repeatedly calling a potential Trump 2024 ticket a threat to democracy. 

This morning, CNN host Fareed Zakaria asked about claims her new novel is a ‘thinly veiled attack on President Trump.’

‘Having lived through that presidency, when it came time to write a political thriller with my friend and collaborator Louise Penny, of course I would draw from the reality that we all have experienced,’ Clinton said, adding that ‘it’s a good thriller.’

She said the former president, who she lost the election to in 2016 despite winning the popular vote, is a ‘danger’ to the nation.

Clinton gave her third television interview in two weeks on Sunday, fueling rumors that she's testing the waters of a potential 2024 comeback

Clinton gave her third television interview in two weeks on Sunday, fueling rumors that she’s testing the waters of a potential 2024 comeback

‘I do think our democracy is under continuing assault by the former president, who masterminded a coup in the attack on our Capitol, has continued to promote the false accusation that the election of 2020 was somehow rigged against him,’ Clinton said.

She added, ‘I think he poses a real clear and present danger to the United States.’

Clinton said her novel is based on the Trump presidency

Clinton said her novel is based on the Trump presidency

She appears to draw on her own background in the book as well. Clinton said the novel’s protagonists are ‘two women of a certain age’ — the Secretary of State and her best friend.

Before running for the White House in 2016 Clinton served as former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, though her legacy in the position was marred by the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya and a foreign service officer. 

The book is set at the opening of a new presidency. Soon after the inauguration, deadly explosions are set off in three European cities. 

The Secretary of State and her adviser are forced on a long journey navigating internal government bureaucracy and unraveling the mystery of who is behind the blasts – thought to be a Pakistani arms dealer freed from incarceration by the previous US president.  

Reviews of Clinton’s novel leave little doubt that she got her inspiration from real life. The former president is described as a one-term leader who fled Washington for Florida after he lost to plot his comeback.

He’s described in various ways to be ignorant, vengeful and charismatic — and demanding ‘loyalty’ from all those who served in his administration. 

She also accused Trump of 'masterminding' the Capitol attack on January 6 (seen here riling up supporters at his White House Stop the Steal rally shortly before some of them stormed the Capitol)

She also accused Trump of ‘masterminding’ the Capitol attack on January 6 (seen here riling up supporters at his White House Stop the Steal rally shortly before some of them stormed the Capitol)

She's not the first Trump critic to claim he has direct responsibility for what his supporters did

She’s not the first Trump critic to claim he has direct responsibility for what his supporters did

Earlier in the interview Clinton urged her fellow Democrats to ‘zero in’ on Americans’ everyday concerns before the 2022 election and accused Republicans of trying to run and govern on fear.

‘They do a really good job scaring people and making people afraid. They don’t deliver for people except for I guess in an emotional way, when people are frustrated they feed conspiracy theories, they make up stuff, but they don’t deliver for people,’ Clinton said of the opposing party. 

Just as she was appearing on CNN today, Trump had a pre-recorded interview on Fox News where he said he would welcome a 2024 challenge from Clinton.

‘I hope so — I mean, I’d like that,’ he said when asked whether a rematch was on the table. 

Trump accused her of cheating in the 2016 election. 

‘But look – the woman’s crooked as can be,’ he said. ‘She cheated in the election, they spied on my campaign.’ 

DailyMail.com has reached out to a Trump spokesperson for comment.

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