Former Democratic Presidential candidate, First Lady, senator, and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, joined Ryan Tubridy to discuss their new book 'The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience'.
The pair chose 103 inspirational women including Anne Frank and Rosa Parks to be the subjects of their book.
Hillary Clinton on the 2016 Presidential election:
"It was tempting to just pull the covers back over my head and not get up to be honest. I thought I would be a really good President and still do, but you have to take stock of where you are and what you want to continue doing. For me, it was writing a book about what happened and to make sense of it and to sound some alarms, Ryan, because there's clearly an effort underway to undermine and disrupt democracies. You in Ireland are right in middle of it as you see this ongoing strife over Brexit - to leave or not to leave. I feel like I am someone who has an opportunity to be heard, to sound the alarm, because there's a big move towards authoritarianism in many parts of the world right now."
The book showcases the dozens of world-changing female figures throughout history and the impact they have made on shaping society, up to and including present day climate activist, Greta Thunberg.
Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump:
"I think we have a wannabe authoritarian as our President, there's no doubt about that. He admires dictators, he speaks fondly of them, we don't really know the full extent of his dealings with them because unlike other Presidents, he is not at all transparent, there is no record of the calls that he makes, there are many more than the one that is currently the subject of an investigation. He apparently talks quite often to people like Putin and it is troubling because of his own predilection, his own admiration for people who are strong men leaders, but also because of the continuing interference of Russian intelligence operatives in our own election system."
"I think he knows that he is an illegitimate President, that he sought and received help from outside forces, that the combination of the tactics that were used in that election was really the reason why the outcome was as it turns out. I think he lives with that reality, he's a guy who is a fabulist, he creates his reality as best he can and uses a lot of delusional language...he knows what happened, I think we know more, but not all of what happened. Even his own government has been issuing warnings on a regular basis for the last two years that the Russians are still in our election system, that there are threats to our electoral process, that we can't rest,...I think he can't get rid of me because it hangs like a big dark cloud over his own legitimacy."
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