Hillary Clinton's Book Tour Comes With Risks And Rewards For Trump

Hillary Clinton's re-emergence from private life this fall to promote her new book could provide President Trump with an opportunity to square off once more against his former rival, who has already begun sharing excerpts from her book that reflect poorly on the president.

But Clinton's return to the spotlight could also tempt Trump to launch attacks against her that ultimately backfire, particularly if they reinforce her argument that sexism and political tricks helped rob her of the presidency.

Clinton unveiled on Monday the details of her upcoming tour to promote What Happened, a book sharing her thoughts about why she lost the 2016 election. The tour will take her from Washington, D.C., where she is slated to hold her first event on Sept. 18, through several of the states she unexpectedly lost to Trump and wrap up in Vancouver, Canada on Dec. 13.

Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist, suggested Republicans may be eager for Clinton to resurface because she could draw the president's wrath away from areas where he could do damage to their agenda.

"Democrats want Hillary Clinton to just go away, but Republicans are more than delighted for an encore," O'Connell said. "Remember, Hillary is still one of the few political figures around whom every wing of the Republican Party can unify in terms of contempt."

Clinton's team has vowed that the 15 stops on her book tour will feature an unvarnished version of the candidate who has suffered years of criticism for her reticence.

Read more from Sarah Westwood at the Washington Examiner

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