Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president of the United States on the TV show Scandal, still thinks Hillary Clinton would have made an ‘extraordinary president.’
But in a new interview with Politico he admitted ‘she wasn’t a natural candidate,’ while now President Donald Trump was able to sell authenticity.
‘You know, I think that’s one of Trump’s gifts, he’s just himself in all situations and unapologetically so,’ the actor said. ‘And as horrifying as I find it, obviously, it appeals to a tremendous amount of people.’
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Actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president of the United States on Scandal, talked to Politico about what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Here he’s seen speaking last summer at the Democratic National Convention
Tony Goldwyn (center) was a campaign surrogate for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and suggested that she wasn’t always the most natural candidate
Tony Goldwyn (left) said of Hillary Clinton (center) that she would have made an ‘extraordinary president’ but was faced with a ‘perfect storm of horror’ during last year’s presidential run
Goldwyn, who was one of the Clinton campaign’s celebrity surrogates, sat down with Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown as part of the publication’s Women Rule podcast series.
‘It was sort of a perfect storm of horror, really,’ Goldwyn replied when assessing what happened in the 2016 campaign.
Clinton had ‘this very unique opponent in Donald Trump,’ Goldwyn noted, along with James Comney having a ‘huge role in turning things at the last minute,’ combined with the Russian interference.
And then there was the candidate herself.
‘Put it this way, her strength and her comfort zone were not like Barack Obama or Bill Clinton,’ Goldwyn noted, calling the two former Democratic presidents ‘rock star charismatic candidates.’
‘Hillary’s whole thing is, “Look, let me do the job, let me show you what I can do.” And her personality and her demeanor is about, “Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work.”‘
Goldwyn didn’t want to sound too critical of the candidate he backed and stumped for, saying he had seen her give ‘incredible speeches.’
Tony Goldwyn was a celebrity campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, traveling to Nashville, Tennessee last February to participate in a ‘Get Out The Vote’ event for the Democrat
Tony Goldwyn talks in 2016 about campaigning for Hillary
‘I think Hillary did a fantastic job on the campaign and I saw her many times completely being herself and I saw how crowds were enraptured by her,’ he added.
He felt she improved upon herself as a candidate since 2008, when she first ran for the White House.
‘And when she did struggle in the  campaign often it was when the pressure was on and she felt that she needed to be something other than just who she is,’ Goldwyn said.
The actor added that many politicians have found themselves in Clinton’s predicament as she tried to twist herself and her position in a way that pleased the most people.
‘I think the most successful politicians are people that, you know, clarify their message and what they are passionate about and stick to that,’ the actor noted. ‘And express that passion,’ he added, using ex-President Obama as an example, and Bill Clinton too.
Goldwyn was among Clinton’s campaign surrogates who were gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Center on election night.
‘We were all highly confident going in,’ recalls the actor, who had even stumped for Clinton in Michigan three days before.
Goldwyn remembered running into fellow celebrity Ted Danson, who was worried about the results coming in.
‘What a buzz kill, Ted, lighten up,’ the Scandal star remembered thinking.
But soon the moment came when Goldwyn realized that his candidate had lost.
He ran into Gene Sperling, the former director of the National Economic Council, and ‘he looked like he was about to die,’ Goldwyn recalled.
Sperling informed Goldwyn that it was all over, Clinton had lost.
And quoting Sperling Goldwyn said, ‘It’s the worst thing that has happened to this country since the Civil War.’
‘And I’m like, wow, oh my God, that’s when it hit me, I got a sick feeling in my stomach,’ the actor said of his own reaction.
Soon, he and his wife bolted from the Javits Center, as things were getting depressing, and he talked to his two daughters, both of whom were distraught.
His 26-year-old daughter said ‘I need to go to the red states … because obviously we don’t get it,’ and his college-age daughter said precisely the same thing.
Now, with President Trump about to hit the 100 day mark, Goldwyn told Politico’s Budoff Brown that he still was at a loss.
‘So I want to understand it,’ the actor said. ‘But I still can’t get my brain around it.’
As for the next generation of Democratic ladies, Goldwyn pointed to California’s new Sen. Kamala Harris, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, as women who could eventually break the presidential glass ceiling.
‘But I just don’t know,’ the actor added. ‘I think it’s too early.’