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Clinton Advises Next Female Presidential Candidate

| by Jordan Smith

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave some advice to future female presidential candidates in remarks at a public event June 1.

Clinton suggested that a female candidate would not necessarily have to possess a background in politics to contend for the White House, but could be a writer or businesswoman, according to The Huffington Post.

However, Clinton also issued a warning to anybody thinking about running.

"You have to be prepared for what it means to literally be brutalized," said Clinton, according to The Post. "It is unlike any experience she has ever had before. Our system in our country is the most difficult political environment in the world of any democracy to elect a leader."

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Clinton suggested that the problems she believes exist could be getting worse.

"I'm worried not just because there are partisan differences but we're living in such an abnormal time when we look at the way this White House is behaving," she added.

One potential candidate to be the next female contender for the White House is Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts. According to McClatchy, Republicans have already begun to target Warren and hope to damage her politically during her 2018 Senate race so that she is less likely to run for the presidency two years later.

"We learned from our experience with Secretary (Hillary) Clinton that when you start earlier, the narratives have more time to sink in and resonate with the electorate," Colin Reed of America Rising said, McClatchy reported.

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During the 2016 election campaign, debates between President Donald Trump and Clinton became heated. Trump referred to his Democratic opponent as a "nasty woman" in one debate, according to Business Insider.

Clinton alleged in a recent interview with New York magazine that conservative figures were still targeting her.

"You know, these guys on the other side are not just interested in my losing, they want to keep coming after me. I mean, think about that for a minute," she told the publication.

Clinton has repeatedly made clear her strong disagreements with Trump since the November 2016 election.

During a commencement speech delivered at Wellesley College May 26, Clinton criticized the Trump administration. She drew a comparison between Trump and former President Richard Nixon, and attacked Trump's recently-released budget.

She described Trump's budget as "an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us -- the youngest, the oldest, the poorest, and hardworking people who need a little help to gain or hang on to a decent middle-class life."

Clinton also used her speech to encourage the female graduates to become politically active and "advance the struggle for equality, justice, and freedom."

Sources: The Huffington Post, New YorkMcClatchy via The Sacramento Bee, Business Insider / Photo credit: neverbutterfly via Wikimedia Commons

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