Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “different media” are dividing the country, making it impossible for people to even have a conversation with each other.
Clinton made her remarks yesterday in an interview with Re/Code’s Kara Swisher. She criticized America’s “partisan bunkers” for getting in the way of confronting tough issues like racism, sexism and homophobia.
“Nobody wants to associate with anybody who doesn’t agree with them politically,” she said. “You can’t have a conversation, people won’t listen to each other, they listen to different media, and those different media (outlets) tell different stories about the very same thing that you’re watching unfold in front of your eyes.”
The lack of common ground, Clinton asserted, was making it more difficult to get things done politically.
“You cannot run a great country like that, and this is the greatest country and it’s time we start acting like it and working like it again,” she said.
After waging partisan battles in the White House as First Lady, Clinton explained that she learned to be less partisan when she was elected a senator from New York.
“When I worked in the Senate I was very much somebody who would work across the aisle, look for opportunities to do that,” she said. “Because I don’t think I have all the right ideas, I don’t think my party has all the right ideas.”