‘Hillary has a better chance in 2024 than Biden’: Internet erupts over possible Clinton-Trump race

Social media was in an uproar on Wednesday over the possibility of another White House showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2024.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ low approval numbers, and crises over inflation, the border and COVID-19 have forced some political experts to look beyond the incumbents for a viable Democratic candidate. 

Former President Donald Trump has pounced on each of Biden’s gaffes or missteps throughout his first year while fueling rumors that he’ll mount a re-election bid in 2024.

To beat him, two Democratic operatives said in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, the party needs to look no further than Hillary Clinton. The former first lady herself has sparked questions over whether she sees herself running again after losing to Trump in 2016, by conducting a slew of telling TV interviews last month. 

‘Hillary has a better chance of winning in 2024 than Biden or Kamala. Isn’t that sad?’ one Twitter user wrote on Wednesday.

Another quipped: ‘If it’s Hillary and Trump again, I’m going to see if Elon Musk has room on that rocket to Mars.’ 

Others, like New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, suggest Biden get some help from across the aisle in the next election — from Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.

Twitter users mocked the idea of Trump and Hillary facing off again in 2024, with one person photoshopping their faces onto the 'Dumb And Dumber' movie poster

Twitter users mocked the idea of Trump and Hillary facing off again in 2024, with one person photoshopping their faces onto the ‘Dumb And Dumber’ movie poster

Friedman suggested Israel’s diverse government coalition currently running the country, which he said ‘stretches from Jewish settlers on the right all the way to an Israeli-Arab Islamist party and super-liberals on the left,’ as a solution to America’s rampant divisions.

‘Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney?’ he wrote on Wednesday, adding ‘any other such combination’ of Democrat and Republican may work.

But there are also mounting questions over Biden will decide to run again, given he will be 86 at the end of his second term if he wins. 

And national conservative figures like Bill O’Reilly agree that another Clinton administration, or at least campaign, could be on the cards.

‘Hillary Clinton wants the nomination. She knows the Biden administration is falling apart, which is why you’re seeing her surface right now,’ he said on a Nexstar Media show yesterday.

One columnist

One columnist 

He said it could be a ‘replay’ of her turbulent election cycle against Trump.

Heidi Briones, a former Democrat Congressional candidate in Oregon, blamed people who supported Biden in 2020 for the potential rematch.

‘If you voted for Biden then just be aware that his administration is so unpopular that it may lead to Trump vs Hillary in 2024. Good job,’ Briones wrote on Twitter.

Veteran news host Greta Van Susteren said she ‘would not count’ the former Secretary of State out of the running.

‘I have NO inside information but I would not count HRC out in 2024. I have covered her for decades and she does not give up and ignore a challenge,’ Susteren wrote on the social platform.

CNN journalist Oliver Darcy posted side-by-side images from the Drudge Report comparing their coverage of Clinton in 2016 to 2022, writing: ‘when you can’t quit your ex.’

Briones, a former Democratic House candidate, blamed people who supported Biden in 2020 for Clinton's possible political revival

Briones, a former Democratic House candidate, blamed people who supported Biden in 2020 for Clinton’s possible political revival

Veteran journalist Greta Van Susteren said she wouldn't 'count HRC out,' using her initials for Hillary Rodham Clinton

Veteran journalist Greta Van Susteren said she wouldn’t ‘count HRC out,’ using her initials for Hillary Rodham Clinton

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy compared Drudge Report's past and present coverage of the former first lady

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy compared Drudge Report’s past and present coverage of the former first lady

Another Twitter user named Dan predicted a second victory for Trump: ‘At least watching Trump beat Hillary again would be extremely funny I guess.’

News anchor Nate Stewart said the bitter rivals were the ‘last’ people who need to run in 2024.

‘Hey America, let’s REALLY f**k things up. Hillary is the last person we need running. Same with Trump. New leadership is critical right now,’ Stewart stated.

A user named Jacob Moore wrote, ‘We’re headed towards Trump vs Hillary 2 aren’t we,’ accompanied by a gif of The Office character Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell, saying: ‘I am dead inside.’

Truck driver and progressive podcast host Reed Coverdale mockingly wrote: ‘Want to beat Trump? Bring back the person who lost to him.’

Just a year into Biden’s presidency, his and Kamala Harris’ low popularity and back-to-back domestic and foreign crises has Democrats searching for a viable presidential candidate.

Few, if any people on the social platform expressed support for either Clinton or Trump

Few, if any people on the social platform expressed support for either Clinton or Trump

That could set the stage for Clinton’s political comeback, Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein predicted in a piece for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

It all depends on how Democrats perform in this year’s midterm elections, they write. 

‘Given the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of Congress in 2022, we can anticipate that Mrs. Clinton will begin shortly after the midterms to position herself as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new and more successful path,’ the experts claim. 

Clinton’s deep roots in Washington, DC as a First Lady, then US Senator, then Secretary of State alienated her to voters who craved an ‘outsider’ to shake up the swamp in 2016, part of the reason for her stunning loss to Trump. 

But her vast experience could be useful for Democrats seeking a ‘different approach.’ 

A nationwide Democrat loss in the 2022 midterm elections could catalyze a Hillary Clinton comeback, the op-ed writers predict

A nationwide Democrat loss in the 2022 midterm elections could catalyze a Hillary Clinton comeback, the op-ed writers predict

It’s typically unusual for political operatives to start seeking potential candidates for the next election, especially so far out of the administration, when a member of their own party controls the White House already. It is also rare for an incumbent president to face a serious primary challenge.

But if Biden clinched another term in the White House he would be 81 years old when he was sworn in, a record for the oldest person to take office. 

Doubts over his fitness for office at an advanced age coupled with approval ratings that have been in the low 40s since October have served to dim his chances. 

He’s also faced heat for the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal last summer, soaring inflation sending prices through the roof and, more recently, a delayed response to the Omicron variant-induced COVID wave causing travel chaos and massive shortages in virus testing.

Harris has not fared much better. Despite being set up as Biden’s heir apparent during the 2020 campaign, the trailblazing vice president has struggled in the polls and faced criticism on numerous fronts, including her relative inaction on the southwest border after being named the president’s point-person on the crisis.  

A recent USA Today poll found that just 40 percent of voters approved of Biden’s job in the White House.  Harris’ approval rating sat at 32 percent.

Clinton (pictured debating Trump in 2016) has said him winning in 2024 could be the 'end of democracy'

Clinton (pictured debating Trump in 2016) has said him winning in 2024 could be the ‘end of democracy’

Those devastating factors could lead to a ‘power vacuum’ for Clinton to step into, the op-ed claims.

Democrats’ unpopularity as the majority party in Washington puts them on track to lose the midterms, according to multiple projections. 

Clinton, whose husband former President Bill Clinton was the Democrat governor of deep-red Arkansas, urged her party in a recent interview to think ‘about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win.’

Being younger than Biden already gives her an edge, but Clinton ‘can use the party’s loss as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of “change candidate”,’ the left-wing experts write.

A spate of recent news media interviews have already signaled Clinton has her thoughts, if not her eyes, on future elections.

A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Monday shows Joe Biden starting 2022 with just 40% approval and Vice President Kamala Harris with a 32% approval rating

A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Monday shows Joe Biden starting 2022 with just 40% approval and Vice President Kamala Harris with a 32% approval rating

The Democrats behind Tuesday’s op-ed pointed to a recent MSNBC interview in which the describe the 2016 hopeful as taking a ‘jab’ at the Biden administration in an apparent effort to distance herself from the unpopular leaders in power now.

‘It means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive,’ Clinton had said.

She’s also predicted a comeback from her old Republican nemesis, who she beat in the 2016 popular vote but lost to in the Electoral College.

‘If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is gonna run again. I mean, he seems to be setting himself up to do that and if he’s not held accountable, then he gets to do it again,’ Clinton said on NBC’s Sunday TODAY in December. 

She also said a second Trump victory could spell the ‘end of our Democracy’ and the 2024 election would be a ‘make-or-break point,’ foreshadowing a potential rematch.

Also that month Clinton revealed the speech she would have given at her presidential inauguration, had she beaten Trump to become the first woman elected commander-in-chief. 

Clips of an emotional Clinton reading the speech were shown on NBC’s Today Show as a promotion for her MasterClass video lecture.   

She is also better positioned than Biden to take on the bombastic former president, despite beating him in 2020, according to recent polls. 

An average of polls aggregated by Real Clear Politics shows Biden trailing Trump by 4.8 percent in a hypothetical race.

The late 2021 surveys indicate about 46 percent of voters would choose Trump compared to just 41.2 percent of Americans who would vote for Biden. 

And a poll released on Tuesday by Rasmussen shows a similar outcome plaguing Biden in the new year. 

According to a survey taken January 5, a hypothetical rematch between Biden and Trump would see the president with 40 percent support, while Trump remains at 46. 

Schoen and Stein are not the only pundits who see a Clinton comeback in the near future.

Joe Concha, a right-wing columnist for The Hill, wrote last month: ‘Hillary Clinton always seemed to believe the mantle of “First Female President” was her birthright.’

‘And given how pathetic the field is on the Democratic side with or without Joe Biden, she may just get a second chance at winning the office her husband so famously made infamous.’ 

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