Q. What Happened? A. Trump Happened.
Losing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is opening a promotional tour for her new campaign memoir by smearing President Trump and his tens of millions of supporters as deplorable racists.
Not content to fade into the background as defeated nominees have tended to do in the modern era, the former secretary of state is race-baiting and grandstanding in front of anyone who will listen, a move that is causing consternation among plenty of professional Democrats.
On CBS over the weekend, her description of attending President Trump's inauguration – it was "like an out-of-body experience" – seems understandable given Clinton’s belief her election was so certain that, in the words she used in the book, she “had not drafted a concession speech.”
But her incendiary claim that Trump’s inauguration speech almost eight months ago was a "cry from the white nationalist gut" went well beyond sour grapes. When Democrats are in trouble, they cry “racist!” When that doesn’t work, they cry “racist!” more loudly and hire publicists to spread the smear.
A credible case can be made that Hillary’s book is a cry for help from a disturbed individual, one who refuses to take responsibility for anything. Ever.
It is a matter of record that in his first address as president Trump made no attempt to stoke the flames of racial resentment. But left-wingers obsessed with alleged “dog whistles” conservatives throw to their supposedly racist base auditorily hallucinate such coded messages daily.
What Trump did do on January 20 was speak of the terrible damage Hurricane Barack and his party’s left-wing policies have inflicted on everyday Americans.
Speaking of the “forgotten men and women of our country [who] will be forgotten no longer,” the new president said:
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists:
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
Anyone who interprets President Trump’s tough, eloquent call to arms against America’s problems as a "cry from the white nationalist gut" needs psychiatric help.
But we knew that already.
In the interview with CBS’s Jane Pauley, Clinton continued the lies, smearing Trump as a racist demagogue.
"He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others," Clinton said, adding that she was referring to “millions of white people."
Although known for her angry, sometimes alcohol-fueled explosions in private, Clinton said she wasn’t enraged enough on the stump to match the public mood. “A lot of people didn't want to hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should've done a better job of demonstrating 'I get it.'"
In the interview, Clinton stood by her obnoxious "basket of deplorables" comment during the campaign, in which she wrote off half of Trump's supporters as "irredeemable," even though she previously backtracked on the comment and feigned remorse. "Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner," she said, giving the sexually descriptive "Access Hollywood" audio footage from 2005 as proof.
Clinton fingered then-FBI Director James Comey for stopping the “momentum” she fantasizes she had in the final fortnight of the campaign. She blamed the cop, as it were, instead of blaming herself for committing the crime.
“The most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email,” Clinton told Pauley of her decision to use illegal, private, hacker-friendly email servers to keep her corrupt activities away from the public. The letter Comey released “raised the specter that, somehow, the investigation was being reopened.” She also accused Comey of suppressing information about the Trump campaign’s non-existent collaboration with the Russian government.
“You never hear a word about it,” she said. “And when asked later, he goes, ‘Well, it was too close to the election.’ Now, help me make sense of that. I can’t understand it.”
Her new book, What Happened, officially published today by Simon and Schuster, was ranked #1 on Amazon at time of writing. The publisher’s blurb suggests it is a regurgitation of the whiny Left’s dishonest talking points about Clinton’s historic defeat in November and gripes about what a terrible person Donald Trump supposedly is.
Of this literary stroll through the land of unicorns and fairy dust, the blurb states:
Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. […]
The nonsense continues:
She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future. […]
In the book’s introduction, Clinton, whom New York Times columnist William Safire aptly labeled a “congenital liar,” pretends she’s being frank with her readers.
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down,” the most scripted, robotic politician in recent memory writes.
Clinton also sticks a knife into socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent turned Democrat turned Independent) for daring to run against her for the presidential nomination.
What Sanders said about Clinton during the primaries caused "lasting damage," she wrote in the book. The senator "had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character" because the two candidates "agreed on so much."
If Sanders threw a little mud, perhaps he should not be judged too harshly given that the Clinton-controlled DNC, led at the time by her frizzy-haired marionette, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), went to great lengths to sabotage his primary run.
Clinton is selling access to her book talks for big bucks.
About $2,400 will buy Clinton’s admirers in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, a “VIP platinum ticket” redeemable for two front-row seats, a photo with the author, and an autographed book. Tickets to an upcoming appearance in Florida retail for $50 to $375. VIP tickets for a New York event sell for $750.
"It is standard for high profile authors to do book tours that sell tickets to events, but Clinton's tour takes it to a new level of greed,” an industry source reportedly told Fox News.
“This pay-for-access has all the political wisdom of doing another round of private speeches for Goldman Sachs, but as her book tour makes clear, at this point in her career all she cares about is cashing in,” the source added.
Many Democrats are uneasy.
A Clinton “fundraiser and surrogate who played an active role at the convention” was blunt in an interview with The Hill. “The best thing she could do is disappear,” the person said. “She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the fuck up and go away.”
“None of this is good for the party,” a former aide to President Obama said. “It’s the Hillary Show, 100 percent. A lot of us are scratching our heads and wondering what she’s trying to do. It’s certainly not helpful.”
A “top Democratic donor” told Politico, “I think she should just zip it, but she’s not going to.”
Some Democrats even went on the record.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-N.C.) said the book hurts his party by relitigating Hillary’s loss without the failed candidate accepting responsibility for her crushing defeat.
“Maybe at the worst possible time, as we are fighting some of the most high-stakes policy and institutional battles we may ever see, at a time when we’re trying to bring the party together so we can all move the party forward — stronger, stronger together,” he said, referencing the name of a pre-election book supposedly written by Clinton and her running-mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America's Future.
“She’s got every right to tell her story. Who am I to say she shouldn’t, or how she should tell it? But it is difficult for some of us, even like myself who’ve supported her, to play out all these media cycles about the blame game, and the excuses.”
“There is a collective groan,” the congressman added, “whenever there’s another news cycle about this.”
Labor agitator Jonathan Tasini, author of The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America, hailed Sanders while trashing Clinton.
“Democrats, and all voters, can take a look at the two different visions, ably articulated, by the two Democratic finalists,” he told Politico.
“One person has been out in the country, almost without stopping, since the election rallying people to defend Obamacare, against tax cuts for the wealthy and for a $15 minimum wage. The other person, while Trump has been ripping the country apart, has been taking long walks in the woods, drinking chardonnay, hobnobbing with celebrities and writing a book that entirely ignores the failure of the party establishment over a decade or two. People can choose which kind of party they prefer.”
Hillary’s book release comes as three of her lawyers face possible disbarment and criminal charges for unlawfully deleting then-Secretary of State Clinton’s emails that were property of the U.S. government.
In Maryland, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said complaints filed against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson were serious and the state bar couldn’t brush them aside, the Washington Times reports.
“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said in court yesterday. The state bar is required to investigate such claims, he said.
The Clintons have never been known for legal ethics, or any ethics, for that matter.
Hillary Clinton worked on Capitol Hill during the Watergate inquiry in the Nixon era. Jerry Zeifman, chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate inquiry at the time, told Scripps-Howard news agency in 1999: “If I had the power to fire her, I would have fired her.”
Zeifman said in 2008 that the then-Miss Rodham “was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Although being incompetent isn’t a crime, Mrs. Clinton failed the District of Columbia bar exam. Instead she took the reportedly easier Arkansas bar exam and passed that, while hiding the D.C. failure from the world until 2003.
For his discreditable conduct during the Monica Lewinsky saga, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives but acquitted by the Senate.
In 2001, an Arkansas court suspended his license to practice law for five years for “violating the Arkansas Model Rules of Professional Conduct.” An official notice issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Conduct states that "Mr. Clinton admitted to giving knowingly evasive and misleading discovery responses concerning his relations with Monica Lewinsky, in violation of Judge Susan Weber Wright's discovery orders in the case of [Paula] Jones v. Clinton, No. LR-C-94-290 (E.D. Ark.)[.]"
Will Hillary Clinton ever face justice for the crimes she committed in office?
Don’t count on it.