The former secretary of state, who is also a longtime Clinton supporter, is among the most influential political figures in the country.
She is one of only a few prominent Democrats to have been able to maintain the kind of public presence that is typically reserved for a presidential candidate.
But for years, Clinton’s closest confidants have sought to undermine her efforts to raise money and build a national campaign, often via a network of friends and allies.
On Sunday, former president Bill Clinton, a close friend and confidante of Clinton’s, took aim at her and her staff, calling them the “opposition party.”
“They have no idea how to run a campaign, no idea what to do, no clue what to say,” he said on “Meet the Press.”
“I mean, they’re the opposition party.
That’s why they’ve got to get out of this.”
The former president’s comments followed criticism from Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, who said the Clinton campaign was running “a full-scale attack on her,” The New York Times reported.
And on Friday, former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was once a Clinton confidant, told the Associated Press that the former president had a “clear and present danger of being an obstructionist.”
The criticism is a sharp reversal of how Clinton and her allies have handled her transition from being the presumptive nominee to a candidate for the White House.
As president, Clinton, like most Democratic presidents, had the right to appoint her own Cabinet members, but the transition was limited to nominating a handful of Cabinet-level officials who would have to be confirmed by the Senate.
She was also barred from participating in a debate-style debate.
And while the Clintons often used their positions to push for changes to the nation’s immigration system, they never pressured Congress to change it.
The Clintons also had a hard time getting Republicans to agree to any major changes to their policies and priorities, including a $500 billion stimulus package for the economy.
That was largely because Clinton was an opponent of the stimulus and was against a number of other Republicans who supported it.
Clinton’s team, however, has sought to make her transition more palatable by saying that she will be more aggressive on foreign policy issues.
In a recent op-ed for The New Yorker, Clinton called on Republicans to embrace her foreign policy vision and say that they have a better chance of winning elections if they embrace it.
“There are many important, common-sense ideas about how we rebuild our military and our economy and how we deal with the challenges that we face,” she wrote.
“The Republican candidates need to hear them and embrace them.”