Poor, sweet, nourishing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s sensibilities have never been so “appalled.” Don’t take my word for it, take hers.
According to CNN, someone asked Trump at a town hall event in New Hampshire, “We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American. ... That's my question: When can we get rid of them?”
Trump didn’t immediately leave the stage, choke the questioner and pledge his undying loyalty to Barack Obama, and that just didn’t sit well with Hillary.
“I was appalled," CNN reported Clinton saying the next day. "Not only was it out of bounds, it was untrue. He should have from the beginning corrected that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness.”
Clinton wasn’t done. “But if that person would have been at my event, I would have called him out on it," she said. "And I would have said from the very beginning that has no place in a political discussion like the one we are trying to have here. And not only is it out of place and wrong, it is totally factually untrue. And to quit impugning the integrity of the president.”
There is so much fraud and hypocrisy wrapped up in this it’s difficult to know where to begin.
First of all, Clinton didn’t clarify, nor was she asked, exactly how saying someone was Muslim was any “level of hatefulness,” nor how it was “impugning the integrity of the president.” Seems rather Islamophobic.
Secondly, Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign is where the “Obama is a secret Muslim” rumor started. Her team started it, her team spread it and, to borrow a phrase from the president’s racist former pastor, it’s those chickens coming home to roost. If she wants to assign blame for people saying things that are “factually untrue,” she need only find a reflective surface.
Third, if Hillary wants to talk about rhetoric that “has no place in a political discussion,” remember back in August when she, not some random person at a public event, compared Republicans running for president to terrorists?
Speaking on the push to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest federally subsidized aborted baby organ clearinghouse, Ms. Campaign Civility was singing a different tune. Clinton said then, “Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.”
Comparing Republicans who have a problem with the sale of baby parts for profit to inhuman monsters who strap bombs to special needs children and remotely detonate them in public markets is A-OK, but thinking someone is Muslim is “hateful.” Got it, tolerant Democrats.
Hillary’s hypocrisy is not surprising, it’s nothing new for her. But the story of Trump’s reaction being spun the way it was by CNN is (mildly) surprising.
Did you notice the ellipses in the town hall questioner’s quote? Can you guess what was there in the actual quote? It wasn’t a pause, it was “…We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question…” It was then, after the training camps comment, where he asked, “When can we get rid of them?”
Anyone with a junior high education and a modicum of integrity would recognize the destruction of terrorist training camps, not the removal of Muslims from the country, is what the question was about. That CNN, and the rest of the media, chose to ignore that part speaks volumes about their character, not Trump’s.
As the media industrial complex colludes with Clintonian hypocrites to “demand Donald Trump apologize,” remember it was Trump, in another unreported part of the brief exchange, who belittled the questioner by saying, “We need this question? The first one?” When answering the training camp question only, Trump was curt and moved on.
Donald Trump is no more responsible for what someone asked him as Hillary Clinton is for the sexual predatory actions of her husband. But unlike Hillary, Trump never once tried to justify those actions or smear those who refused to keep their mouths shut and just “put some ice on it” after their encounter with her husband.
All things being equal, and I say this as not a particular fan, I’d take a million Donald Trumps over half a Clinton, either Clinton, any day of week.