Democratic Mega-donor Saban Doesn't Rule Out Hillary Clinton 2020 Run

The Israeli-American businessman points to Ronald Reagan's multiple presidential attempts, tells Channel 2 News: 'Don't assume she won't run.'

Clinton speaks in Philadelphia, November, 2016.
Clinton speaks in Philadelphia, November, 2016. Andrew Harnik/AP

Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, suggested on Sunday that the curtains may not have come down on Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.

Having supported Clinton's recent presidential bid with donations amounting to more than $12 million, the Israeli-American businessman recalled in an interview with Channel 2 News waking up in the morning following the last election and taking a few moments to realize U.S. President Donald Trump's victory was not just a bad dream.

Haim Saban and Cheryl Saban arrive at the premiere of Saban's 'Power Rangers' in Los Angeles, March 22, 2017.
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"My heart broke for her," Saban said, referring to Clinton. "She had to sit there and watch this man, and I know what she thinks of him, become president." Saban himself had already made his views on Trump clear in the run up to the election. In one interview, Saban said the elections have become a "circus" with Trump acting as the "clown."

Questioned on who he would cast his vote for in the U.S. presidential election of 2020, Saban refrained from mentioning names, but seemed to refer to Clinton. "One thing I can promise you," he said, "to go back to tending her garden, she won't do."

While Saban suggested that, at this stage, Clinton herself does not know if she would run again, he did say it would be foolish to think otherwise. "Don’t assume anything," Saban said. "Don’t assume she won't run."

After the interviewer suggested that at age 72, Clinton may by then be too old to run again, Saban correctly stated that Trump was 71 when he won and that a second attempt at the presidency is not unprecedented.

"Didn't Reagan run three times until he was elected?" Saban pointed out.