Something funny happened on Hillary Clinton’s way to the forum of public opinion in her attempt to tar Donald Trump with the Charleston shootings — First, it fell flat as a pancake; next, people started recounting different stories about what had happened — Hmmm ?
Hillary’s failed attempt to achieve a “Sister Souljah Moment” at the expense of Donald Trump — was a blatant attempt to politicize the funereal moment of the nine murdered victims of the Charleston Emanuel A.M.E. Church — It is akin to what she did as Secretary of State over the flag-draped coffins of four dead Americans following the Benghazi fiasco in 2012
But all of that has received only passing attention in the main stream media — The question again arises — Why ?
Earlier today I mentioned in a comment thread to another post on this blog that Hillary Clinton, in an appearance on the KNPB “Ralston Live” program with Jon Ralston, said, “Public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger someone who is less than stable.... I think we have to speak out against it. Like, for example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign [who] said some very inflammatory things....” (See my 6/19/15 comment “UPDATE: THE “ HASHTAG HILLARY CLASSIC [#HILLARYCLASSIC] ” EDITION” to my 6/16/15 post “DONALD TRUMP” below on this blog).
HILLARY CLINTON IS BEING PROTECTED BY THE MSM FROM HER VERY UN-PRESIDENTIAL MOMENT ON THE AIR WITH JON RALSTONThose remarks about Mr. Trump by Mrs. Clinton received almost universal coverage. However up to this point, that coverage has been very muted and subdued. The reasons for that are not yet clear. However, I put it to you that — it isn’t too far-fetched to suggest these two points: first, the way in which Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump was a major political blunder; second the MSM is protecting Hillary by letting her hide in plain sight, like they have done so many times before. A perfect example of this is an article that appeared in Politico, which completely downplayed the despicable attack upon Mr. Trump by Hillary Clinton — here’s how Politico did it: first, the headline “Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump's racial rhetoric 'not acceptable' ”; then the lead paragraph, “Hillary Clinton took a swipe at Donald Trump on Thursday, saying — without mentioning the New York real estate tycoon by name — that his presidential launch speech was offensive to Mexicans and “emblematic” of the kind of rhetoric that cannot be tolerated in the wake of the tragic South Carolina shootings....” (See “Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump's racial rhetoric 'not acceptable' ” by Adam Lerner, 6/19/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-racist-speak-119210.html]). Clearly, the Politico author completely reversed the cause-and-effect implicit in Hillary Clinton’s remarks to protect her from what she obviously was trying to do.
Even when Adam Lerner recounted Mr. Trump’s complaint, he never addressed it in terms of what Hillary Clinton had said and implied about Mr. Trumps speech.
ABC NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THAT HILLARY CLINTON ONLY “SUGGESTED” THINGS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS REMARKSABC News took a completely different tack, “Hillary Clinton didn't call The Donald out by name, but she suggested in an interview Thursday that comments like ones the real estate tycoon-turned-Republican presidential candidate made during his recent announcement speech could "trigger" events like this week’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina....” (See “Hillary Clinton Suggests Donald Trump-Like Comments Can 'Trigger' Events Like Charleston” by Liz Kreutz & Rick Klein, 6/19/15, ABC News/ via GMA [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-suggests-donald-trump-comments-trigger-events/story?id=31884003]). Maybe, Hillary was being very subtle and too clever by half; knowing that if it all blew-up, she could get out of it by saying something like — "I never meant to say anything like that at all...."
Well, see for yourself. This is the context in which Hillary Clinton couched her remarks about her prospective Republican opponent, Mr. Trump: “We have to have a candid national conversation about race, and about discrimination, hatred, prejudice,” Clinton said of the Charleston shooting in the interview with Jon Ralston. She went on, saying, "Public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger someone who is less than stable.”
Even though the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, did not mention Donald Trump by name, Hillary Clinton did explicitly mention the remarks he had made in his announcement speech on Tuesday. Here’s what she said, “I think we have to speak out against it.... Like, for example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable.”
Needless to say, Trump’s remarks had been made the day before a white gunman opened fire in a historically African-American church, killing nine black people; and Hillary did want that connection to be clear. So what did she do next, Clinton spoke about guns as a factor in the Charleston shootings — “The second thing is guns. Let’s just cut to the chase – it’s guns," she said. She couldn’t have been more explicit — the causes of the Charleston shootings were: first, the Trump speech; and second, it’s the guns.
Interestingly, in the main stream media, and even most of the rightist press, radio and cable-news, it was Hillary Clinton’s “second thing” – “it’s guns” that got the bigger coverage — much more than the Donald Trump stuff.
HILLARY CLINTON’S ATTACK ON DONALD TRUMP WAS A BLUNDER OF SUCH MONUMENTAL PROPORTION — IT SHOWS THAT SHE LACKS THE JUDGMENT AND TEMPERAMENT TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATESObviously, Hillary Clinton was attempting her version of her husband Bill’s very famous “Sister Souljah Moment.” — And Hillary was more than happy to try it out at the expense of a GOP presidential candidate, in this instance -- Donald Trump.
So far Hillary’s attempt to Sister Souljah her opponent Donald Trump has fallen into the “Epic Fail” category of political gamesmanship, because it was the wrong thing to do — and it was done at an especially wrong time.
So far the only pushback against Mrs. Clinton has come from Donald Trump himself, his spokesman Sam Nunberg, and various reports, mostly in the right-leaning media covering Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Numberg’s pushback.
BUT REALLY, right now, things could and should be much worse than that for Mrs. Clinton — what she did against the backdrop of the nine victims of what looks like lone-wolf domestic terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina was one of the most ill-timed and distasteful acts ever perpetrated by a presidential candidate. It is also something that plays into the emerging narrative that Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to achieve her selfish aims — and the general public sensibilities or the particular needs of grieving survivors of a tragedy useful to Hillary can be damned.
But, as I said above she is being protected by a large chunk of the main stream media, who are giving her a pass and letting her hide in plain sight on this one, just like so may before.
However, to use Hillary’s own words against her, “Public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger someone who is less than stable.... I think we have to speak out against it. Like, for example...” against a Democrat candidate for president who has shown her unfitness for the office because she has demonstrated her lack of judgment and lack of temperament for the job with her rather thinly-veiled, vile and divisive attacks against Donald Trump at a terrible moment in our country, when standing together as a nation should have been paramount to her. — Of course that Democrat candidate is Hillary Rodham Clinton, or as we know her — "Hillary just being Hillary."
And we don't want Hillary just being Hillary as our next president, do we ?