“Being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president,” actor George Clooney said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.
Clooney said that Clinton never rose to the occasion when her campaign demanded that she articulate her ideas to the American people.
“Here’s what I mean … She was more qualified than even her husband was when he was elected president, but she’s not as good at communicating things,” he said. “That’s simply true.”
Echoing a Washington Post comment that referred to her as a “lackluster candidate,” Cooney said Clinton’s speeches left supporters flat.
“When she got up and gave a speech, it didn’t soar,” he said.
‘It was frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game. I saw it. And I had a lot of liberal friends who were like, ‘She’s not good at this.’ And I see that, and I understand it,” he said.
The Clinton campaign tell-all Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes noted that, “More than a year into the campaign, her staff didn’t know her well enough to turn her candidacy into a compelling narrative for her.”
The book also noted that the campaign concluded that “Persuasion … just wasn’t feasible.”
Cooney said that lack of a narrative hurt Clinton.
“I think that she wasn’t particularly good at articulating the things that she wanted to do, and unfortunately we live at a time right now where articulating what you want to do is more potent in the electorate than the other way around, obviously, when Trump only said he was going to ‘Make America Great Again,’” he said.
Others have been less charitable. Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren has said Clinton lost because of her many shortcomings.
“The list of people she has yet to blame is probably a shorter list than the one she’s already using to blame everyone and their mother for her loss,” she said. “Hillary, what happened? You happened!”
“She forgot the average American, that is on her,” Lahren said. “She can’t blame anyone else for that. So you can talk about any theory you want. We can talk about her mental capacity or her mental state, I don’t even care about that — show up! Show up in the places where traditional Democrats would have voted for you.”