While promoting her new film “Meadowlands” on Wednesday, actress Olivia Wilde discussed Hillary Clinton’s decision to run for President in 2016 with reporters. “I think Hillary is a really exciting candidate for so many reasons but she has a lot to prove to a lot of people,” Wilde explained. “And I think she’s up for that.” She went on to say that she believes Clinton will be “focused” on protecting Obamacare from repeal which is another reason why she supports her candidacy so early on in the primary season.
Although Wilde sang Clinton’s praises because “she [Hillary] feels the plight of women and girls as the most important issue of the 21st century,” she was one of 90 entertainers who endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren for the 2016 Democrat nomination just two months ago. The actress admitted, “My dream is that Warren would be [Hillary’s] V.P. but that’s not happening in a million years.”
Like many Hollywood self proclaimed feminist, Wilde will staunchly support any female Democrat in 2016 solely based on sex. Instead of evaluating each candidate based on their individual stances, track record, campaign platform, and goals for the country, Wilde is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton purely because she’s Hillary Clinton.
The “Meadowlands” star said she believes Clinton will “face difficulty” from Wall Street during her campaign due to her position on campaign finance reform. “They’re afraid of the rhetoric she’ll use in her campaign and I think she’ll face a lot of pressure from her campaign to tone that down because of the donations they’ll receive from different banks,” Wilde said.
During a campaign event last week in Iowa, Clinton said she would support a Constitutional amendment to fix the nation’s campaign finance system. “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all– even if it takes a Constitutional amendment,” Clinton said. Ironically, this comes shortly after it was released that Clinton’s own campaign has a lofty fundraising goal of $2.5 billion. That is more than both the Obama and Romney campaigns spent in 2012 combined.
The timing of Clinton taking such a strong stance on financial reform is quite paradoxical given the Clinton Global Initiative’s recent financial controversy. From 2009 to 2012, CGI reportedly accepted foreign donations during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Furthermore, it has been reported by Reuters that CGI will be refiling its taxes for the past five years after the publication found millions of omitted and misreported foreign donations.
As the CGI story develops, it’ll be interesting to see how the Clinton campaign responds and if they even acknowledge the scandal. In the little more than a week that Clinton has been in the race, her campaign has set an interesting premise regarding reporters. Both at campaign events and in passing, Clinton has all but ignored the media creating a stark contrast between how her campaign and the three Republican candidates (Cruz, Paul, and Rubio) are making themselves accessible.
If Olivia Wilde’s lucky, maybe the CGI donation scandal will blow up causing Clinton to withdraw from the race leaving the door wide open for her dream candidate, Elizabeth Warren.