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Clinton: Yes, There Is A Bigger, Richer, Badder Right Wing Conspiracy

Anderson Cooper's rather surprised follow-up question was a gem.

Sean Burke had an especially relevant question for Hillary Clinton at tonight's Democratic Town Hall on CNN. Sean is a Democrat and declared Clinton supporter, which is why his question was worded the way it was.

"Once you become the nominee and win the White House, how will you deal with right-wing attacks," Sean asked.

As you might imagine, the audience howled just like I did.

"Well, Sean, I've had a lot of practice," she answered.

She continued, "I can laugh up here, but it's not easy. It is a brutal experience, and when it first started happening to me back in the early nineties when I was working on health care, you know, I was just unrecognizable to myself."

"What talk radio was saying, what members of Congress and their allies were saying -- I was just stunned. I could not understand how they got away with it." she added.

Clinton then explained that she has had to learn to take criticism seriously, but not personally, before turning to the right-wingers who have dogged her for twenty-five years.

"They play to keep. They play to destroy. They are constantly doing whatever they can to win," she warned. "And they have a history now, going back 35 years of going after people who they believe they can't otherwise stop, unless they engage in negative attacks."

After laying out some examples of what she was talking about, Clinton confessed that she saw the attacks as a sort of "perverse compliment" because they are afraid she will actually do what she says and stop them from imposing their agenda on America.

"And now the Koch brothers say they're going to spend $750 million dollars attacking the Democratic nominee. I'm still standing, and I will be standing," she vowed.

In a more humorous moment, Anderson Cooper asked her whether she still believes there's a vast right-wing conspiracy.

Clinton countered, "Don't you?"

"Yeah. It's gotten even better funded. They've brought in some new multibillionaires to pump the money in," she said. "Look, these guys play for keeps. They want to control our country."

Yes, yes, they do. And this was a great question and an equally great answer. If anyone knows right-wing smears, Hillary Clinton does.

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