Hillary Clinton Calls Republicans 'Cowards, Spineless Enablers' of Trump

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the idea of President Donald Trump winning the presidential election makes her physically sick, adding that Republicans "have been cowards, spineless enablers" of the president. The 2016 Democratic nominee also mocked Trump for recently praising her.

Clinton spoke to the New York Times Kara Swisher for her Sway podcast, which was released on Monday. Swisher asked Clinton about the upcoming election and whether Trump could win again.

The former first lady said she "can't entertain the idea of him winning. [...] It would cause cognitive dissonance of a grave degree."

"It makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we'd have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions. And damaging of our norms and our values. And lessening of our leadership. And the list goes on," Clinton said.

Clinton said that many Republicans also want to see Trump defeated but they're unwilling to say so in public.

"Most Republicans are going to want to close the page. They want to see him gone as much as we do, but they can't say it publicly," she said.

Clinton told Swisher that Republicans "have been cowards, spineless enablers" of the president. She also addressed Trump's recent remarks praising her compared to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump said Clinton "had more energy" and was "a more intelligent person" than Biden on Sunday.

"You think Sleepy Joe would be doing these things? I don't think so," Trump told a New Hampshire rally. "He'll go back to bed. Hillary used to spend a lot of time in bed too. But she had more energy than him. She did."

"I think I live rent-free in his head," Clinton said of Trump's comments. Criticizing Clinton was a major aspect of Trump's 2016 campaign. But even after her defeat, the president has continued to mention her at his rallies.

Swisher asked Clinton if she would ever say "lock him up," referring to the once frequent chant at Trump's rallies calling for the Democrat to be imprisoned for her alleged crimes.

"No, I would never say that," Clinton said. "I believe in the rule of law, unlike some of these people."

On the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far killed more than 220,000 Americans, Clinton suggested she would have handled the crisis better than the current administration.

"You noted that a lot of countries that did best in the pandemic were led by women," Swisher said. "Do you think a woman president in the United States would handle the pandemic better?"

"I have no doubt, especially if it were me. I have no doubt. I mean, I was born for that," Clinton replied.

Hillary Clinton Addresses The Virtual Democratic Convention
In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the virtual convention on August 19, 2020. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clinton discussed the presidential election in a podcast on October 26. DNCC via Getty Images