April 22, 2024

Bill Clinton - Hillary Clinton and the Changing Political Landscape: The Daily Show



Published June 11, 2023, 10:20 p.m. by Naomi Charles


Former President Bill Clinton weighs in on the divisive rhetoric used in the Donald Trump campaign and talks about stumping for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

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WE'RE HERE JOINED BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON.

WHEN YOU ARE IN A SPACE WHERE A CAMPAIGN IS BEING RUN, AND THIS

IS TURNING INTO ONE OF THE UGLIER CAMPAIGNS THAT WE'VE

SEEN -- YOU KNOW, A LOT OF HATEFUL RHETORIC IS COMING UP,

YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WITH RACIAL, NATIONALISTIC, YOU KNOW,

YOU SEE THE RISE OF ULTRA RIGHT MOVEMENTS AND SO ON, A LOT OF

MISOGYNISTIC COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR WIFE -- WHEN RUNNING THAT KIND

OF RACE, WHEN YOU'RE OUT ON THE TRAIL, YOU'RE OUT THERE AS ONE

OF HILLARY'S SURROGATES.

DO YOU FEEL SOME OF THAT TENSION OR ARE YOU ONLY SEEING THE

POSITIVE SIDE OF THE RACE?

>> WELL, IF YOU GO AND HAVE RALLIES, YOU TEND TO HAVE THE

PEOPLE WHO TEND TO SHOW UP ARE FOR YOU, YOU KNOW, AND YOUR

WHOLE GOAL IS TO REGISTER MORE OF THEM AND MAKE SURE THEY

UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO VOTE AND TALK ABOUT ARGUMENTS THAT THEY

CAN MAKE TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT FOR MOST OF MY LIFE, EACH

POLITICAL PARTY HAD A 40% BASE, AND THEN THERE WERE 20%, THEY

WERE GENUINELY UP FOR GRABS, BY THE TIME THE 2000 RACE CAME

ALONG BETWEEN AL GORE AND PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, IT WAS

PROBABLY DOWN TO TEN.

IT MAY BE DOWN TO LESS NOW.

BECAUSE WE'RE GETTING SILOED.

WE ARE SILOED IN THE TV SHOWS WE WATCH AND THE WEB SITES WE SCAN,

EVERYTHING.

AMERICA'S COME SO FAR, WE'RE LESS RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC

AND ANTI-RELIGIOUS -- SPECIFIC RELIGIONS THAN WE USED TO BE.

WE HAVE ONE REMAINING BIGOTRY, WE DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND

ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH US.

( LAUGHTER ) THE CROWD IS LAUGHING BUT THEY

DIDN'T LAUGH LOUD BECAUSE THEY KNOW I'M TELLING THE TRUTH.

( LAUGHTER ) >> Trevor: ONE OF THE BIGGEST

THINGS THAT HAS COME UP OVER AND OVER IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS DO YOU

WANT MORE OF THE SAME OR AN OUTSIDER, A MAN WHO DOESN'T

BELIEVE IN LOGIC AND IDEAS -- ( LAUGHTER )

-- SOMEONE WHO THINKS DIFFERENTLY.

IT APPEARS -- >> THAT'S ACTUALLY ACCURATE.

( LAUGHTER ) >> Trevor: IT APPEARS THERE

ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO WANT THAT.

IT APPEARS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THIS IS WHAT I

NEED.

NOW, YOU ARE IN THE UNIQUE POSITION.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MANY TIMES ON THE TRAIL HAS SAID YOU DON'T

KNOW WHATTETH LIKE UNTIL YOU SIT BEHIND THAT DESK, UNTIL YOU HAVE

TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS.

EXPERIENCE IS TOUTED AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS.

YOU YOURSELF, THOUGH, CAME IN AS SOMEWHAT OF AN OUTSIDER, SO THE

QUESTION THEN IS WHAT IS THE MOST EXPERIENCE?

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, IS IT THE EXPERIENCE OR

THE WILLINGNESS TO DO SOMETHING?

WHAT SHOULD AN AMERICAN VOTER BE LOOKING FOR FOR THE BEST

OUTCOME?

>> WELL, FIRST, I HAD AN ADVANTAGE.

I HAD NEVER BEEN IN OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, BUT I WAS -- AND I

WAS YOUNG, BUT I WAS THE LONGEST-SERVING GOVERNOR IN

AMERICA.

SO I HAD HAD A LOT OF EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

I THINK THAT BOTH THESE CANDIDATES HAVE HAD A LOT OF

EXPERIENCES AND MADE DECISIONS, THE DECISIONS HAD CONSEQUENCES.

THERE IS A RECORD OF THEM.

SO SAYING SHE'S AN INSIDER, I'M AN OUTSIDER, THERE'S ONE BIG

DIFFERENCE, MOST OF HER STRONGEST SUPPORTERS ARE PEOPLE

WHO HAVE WORKED FOR HER OR HAVE DONE BUSINESS WITH HIM.

THEY'RE FOR HER, TOO.

( LAUGHTER ) MOST OF HIS STRONGEST SUPPORTERS

ARE I'M AGAINST THIS ADMINISTRATION, I JUST WANT

SOMETHING NEW, AND I DON'T LIKE ALL THESE CHANGES.

I WANT TO COME INSIDE AND CLOSE THE DOOR.

LOOK, I GET THAT.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO FEEL ECONOMICALLY OR CULTURALLY

DISPOSSESSED, THEY WANT TO COME, IN CLOSE THE DOOR.

THAT'S THE BREXIT VOTE IN THE U.K.

SO WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT IS THE PROVEN RECORD OF MAKING GOOD

DECISIONS THAT MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN FOR OTHER PEOPLE -- THE

PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR YOU, THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO

SERVE, THAT'S WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT.

>> Trevor: DO YOU GET AFRAID SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SEE THE

HATEFUL RHETORIC?

>> SURE.

LOOK, I AM A PRODUCT OF WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE HILARY'S

OPPONENTS' BASE -- THE NON-COLLEGE EDUCATED, SMALL TOWN

AND RURAL, WHITE WORKING CLASS.

I WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN MY FAMILY TO EVER GO TO COLLEGE.

I'LL PROBABLY BE THE LAST PRESIDENT TO EVER LIVE ON A

SMALL FARM WITHOUT INDOOR PLUMBING.

IT'S GOOD POLITICS, IT'S A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE.

( LAUGHTER ) IN THE WINTER THE OUTHOUSE IS

OVERRATED.

IN THE SUMMER WHEN THE SNAKES COME OUT, IT IS.

BUT I KNOW HOW FRAGILE IT IS, AND I WATCHED UNSCRUPULOUS

POLITICIANS PLAY MY PEOPLE FROM THE TIME I WAS A LITTLE BOY.

ALL THE RACISM THAT WAS INSPIRED OVER THE INTEGRATION OF LITTLE

ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN ARKANSAS, EVERYBODY LOOKING FOR

SOMEBODY ELSE TO BLAME.

SURELY TO GOD THERE IS SOME WAY WE CAN BE JUST A LITTLE BIT

MADDER THAN WE ARE NOW, JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE DIVIDED, AND YET

THE PEOPLE I COME FROM, FOR ALL THEIR ANGER, THEY PROVIDED

ABOUT -- THE SCOTT-IRISH PROTESTANTS MADE UP 25% OF THE

PEOPLE SERVING THIS COUNTRY GOING BACK TO THE REVOLUTION.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE YOU WOULD WANT THEM IN YOUR

NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE THEY WOULD RUN IN, SAVE YOUR KID AND PUT

THE FIRE OUT.

BUT THEY'RE BEING PLAYED NOW BECAUSE THEIR INCOMES ARE DOWN.

THERE ARE TWO COUNTIES IN WEST VIRGINIA WHERE THE NUMBER

ONE SOURCE OF INCOME IS A DISABILITY CHECK.

THIS IS THE FIRST DRUG EPIDEMIC IN MY LIFETIME WHERE THE

ADDICTION RATES ARE HIGHEST IN SMALL TOWN IN RURAL AMERICA.

I JUST TRY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I'M NOT

IN POLITICS ANYMORE, AND I THINK THE ONLY WAY TO SOOTHE PEOPLE'S

PAIN IS TO GIVE THEM A POSITIVE RESPONSE THAT CONSTITUTES

ANSWERS NOT ANGER AND EMPOWERMENT, NOT RESENTMENT.

I THINK THAT'S THE ANSWER.

BUT I GET WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH, AND SO FAR NOTHING HAS

HAPPENED WILL SURPRISE ME.

BUT WE HAVE -- IF I WERE 25 AGAIN, THAT'S LIKE MAKE AMERICA

GREAT AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO BE --

( LAUGHTER ) -- BUT I WOULDN'T VOTE FOR

ANYBODY WHO WOULD PROMISE TO MAKE ME 25 AGAIN.

( LAUGHTER ) BUT, ANYWAY, IF I WERE AND

SOMEBODY SAID YOU CAN BE WHEREVER YOU WANT TO BE 30 YEARS

FROM NOW BUT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE RIGHT NOW, I WOULD PICK AMERICA

BECAUSE WE'RE BETTER POSITIONED.

BUT IF WE GIVE INTO THIS LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, EVERYBODY IS

OUR ENEMY, TELL ME SOMETHING BAD ABOUT IT OR I DON'T WANT TO

KNOW, LET'S DIVIDE AND DEMEAN AND DEMONIZE, WE COULD BLOW IT

ALL, AND WE COULD LEAD THE WORLD IN A VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

THAT'S WHY THE ELECTION IS SO IMPORTANT AND WHY, YOU KNOW,

I'VE TRIED TO MAKE THE CHANGES IN THE FOUNDATION THAT YOU

TALKED ABOUT SO THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING PRESIDENT

IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT KETTLE OF FISH THAN BEING SECRETARY OF

STATE.

IF I HAD MADE A MISTAKE FOR EXAMPLE ON THESE FOREIGN

DONATIONS, THERE IS ALWAYS AN APPEAL TO THE WHITE HOUSE, THE

PRESIDENT COULD ALWAYS SAY, NO, I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD DO

THAT.

BUT IF SHE BECOMES PRESIDENT, I WOULD JUST NOT TAKE FOREIGN

MONEY, NOT TAKE CORPORATE MONEY, FARM OUT ALL OUR INTERNATIONAL

OPERATIONS TO OTHERS AND I'M IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT, MAKE

THOSE THAT SHOULD STAY TOGETHER INDEPENDENT OF ME, AND REMOVE

ALL QUESTIONS OF CONFLICTS, I THINK WE CAN DO THAT.

BUT THE MAIN THING IS THE MODEL THAT WE PIONEERED IS THE WAY WE

OUGHT TO RUN THE COUNTRY.

WE OUGHT TO GET EVERYBODY TOGETHER, AGREE ON WHAT YOU'RE

GOING TO DO AND MAKE SOMETHING GOOD HAPPEN.

THAT'S WAY BETTER THAN ALL THIS CONSTANT FIGHTING, AND IT MAY

MEAN YOU WILL HAVE TO LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR JOKES ON THE "THE

DAILY SHOW."

( LAUGHTER ) >> Trevor: THAT'S A GOOD

PROBLEM TO HAVE.

>> I TRIED TO GIVE YOU THAT HIGH-CLASS PROBLEM, I DO WHAT

YICAN.

>> Trevor: THAT'S A GOOD PROBLEM.

( LAUGHTER ) I COULD TALK TO YOU FOREVER.

YOU'RE AMAZING.

YOU'RE ONE OF THE HAPPIER PEOPLE ON THE TRAIL.

I DID THINK ABOUT -- >> GO FIGURE.

>> Trevor: -- WHAT GIFT I COULD GIVE YOU FOR COMING TO THE

SHOW.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT AND I THOUGHT, YOU ARE THE MAN WHO HAS

EVERYTHING FROM PEOPLE TO INFLUENCE, AND I DID NOTICE

THERE IS ONE THING THAT MAKES YOU SMILE, SO I WANTED TO GIVE

YOU THE GIFT OF BALLOONS.

SO -- ( LAUGHTER )

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TO "THE DAILY SHOW."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( LAUGHTER )

YAY!

>> WHEN I SAW THE FILM AT THE END OF THE CONVENTION, I

REALIZED THAT MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE, I WAS THERE PLAYING WITH

THE BALLOONS AND THEY WERE GOING TO HOOK ME OFF THE STAGE, I

THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, I REALLY AM IN MY SECOND CHILDHOOD.

( LAUGHTER ) >> Trevor: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Trevor: PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, EVERYBODY!

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