Republicans hoping Hillary Clinton’s humbling defeat in the 2016 presidential election would shame her into riding off into the sunset are in for shock.
Politico is reporting today that, “as soon as next week,” Clinton will announce the launch of a new group to fight Donald Trump.
“The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, and Chappaqua, N.Y., meeting with donors and potential groups to invest in, and recruiting individuals for the group’s board of directors, multiple people close to the two-time White House hopeful and people familiar with the group’s planning…”
Since Secretary Clinton re-emerged from self-imposed exile a couple of weeks ago, speculation has swirled over what, if any, next steps she had in mind for her post-election political career. This report is the surest sign yet that she still has some fight left in her, and she intends to expend her still-considerable political capital to advance the Democratic agenda and resist Trump’s draconian plans for our country.
The group is expected to be called “Onward Together,” and according to Politico:
She has been in conversation with a wide range of political allies to discuss her next steps for months, but along with her upcoming book, the group — whose existence was first reported by Axios — is the most concrete step. The new organization is not expected to have a large staff, but will instead focus on sending money to other organizations at a time that Democratic donors are largely unsure about how they should be spending their cash.
The Democratic Party has been understandably occupied with both defending President Obama’s legacy, and pressing investigations into President Trump’s multiple transgressions on Russia, nepotism, and countless additional ethics violation. All of this is necessary, but it’s left little time and few resources for crafting a vision for America that Democrats can offer voters in 2018 and beyond.
With the first opportunity to end the Trump presidency at the polls still three-and-a-half years away, it will be a while before candidates for the Democratic ticket emerge to lead the party. Until then, the party needs a movement like this to fill the void and advance an agenda that can rally the country. Hillary’s “Onward Together” group could be the catalyst the party needs.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.