Since taking office, he has called her “Crooked Hillary” on Twitter 127 times, led his frenzied rally crowds in chants of “Lock her up!” and is presiding over a reinvigorated investigation into more than 100 current and former State Department officials who sent messages to Clinton’s private email address when she was secretary of state.
Nearly three years after Election Day, they just can’t seem to quit each other. Like Looney Tunes’s Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, the duo appear trapped in a disjointed call-and-response — circling, talking past and attacking each other as if the 2016 contest never quite ended.
“Part of the reason they’re locked into this dynamic is because like any good media narrative, it requires a foe and a hero, or a foil,” said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group. “It’s just Narrative 101.”
Through a spokesman, Clinton declined a request for an interview, and the White House did not respond to requests for an interview.
Current and former aides to both accuse the other of strikingly similar pathologies — being a sore loser (or, in his case, winner); harboring an unhealthy fixation on their former rival; and re-litigating the battles of the past rather than gracefully forging ahead into the future.
To hear the Clinton folks tell it, her attacks are largely substantive and focused on news and policy, while his are frivolous and based on personality. They say Trump simply can’t get over losing the popular vote to Clinton and is haunted by this reality, which he fears undermines the legitimacy of his presidency….