"No, I'm not over it," Hillary Clinton admitted during the commencement address at Yale University. "It" of course being how she managed to lose an election that was "in the bag." As my little brother once said, you can tilt the table or stack the deck. If any election was stolen in 2016, it was the Democratic primary. The Democratic National Convention and Debbie Wasserman Schultz specifically, helped Hillary to steal the primary from Bernie Sanders who did literally have a fighting chance. In fact, it's quite likely that after stabbing Bernie in the back, several Sandernistas turning towards the Trump train helped ensure Donald won the election.
Does anyone remember, "It's not rigged, you're just losing?" Remember when Obama assured us the election could not be rigged in the first place? Or how about the classic about how anyone who isn't willing to let go and accept the election results is a danger to democracy? Evidently Hillary doesn't. In regards to Trump saying he thought the election could be rigged and that he might not accept a loss:
“That’s horrifying,” she replied. “Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”
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Then again on October 24 at Twitter she reiterated her opinion, "Donald Trump refused to say that he'd respect the results of this election. That's a direct threat to our democracy." Of course she also mentioned how dangerous "fake news" is and the importance of staying vigilant.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I've never been one who believed or said Hillary should "go away." She has every right to use her platform and influence how she wants. But as long as she's doing things like endorsing *Andrew Cuomo* in a contested primary, she & her politics are fair game for vibrant critique: <a href="https://t.co/j9cGc8VYDj">https://t.co/j9cGc8VYDj</a></p>— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) <a href="https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/998529646374334465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"The winner of the popular vote" is mentioned a lot at Twitter. As it turns out, a lot of the die-hard Hillary supporters haven't gotten over it any more than Hillary herself has. Unfortunately, the people who bring this up are evidently unaware that presidential elections are based on the electoral vote not the popular vote. That's like playing golf and saying you won because you had the highest stroke count. Nope, that's not how the game is played.
Hillary attempted several jokes throughout the commencement speech. At one point she pulled out an ushanka, a traditional Russian hat, "If you can't beat them," she said, "join them." There were some other weak attempts at humor as well, but the thing I truly found most laughable was when she invoked Madeline Albright explaining how important empathy is. She spoke about the "self-centered moral numbness that allows fascism to thrive." Is this the same Madeline Albright who, when asked about the deaths of half a million Iraqi children due to sanctions, argued that it was "a price worth paying." Pragmatically deciding that killing half a million children is acceptable, to me anyway, just doesn't gibe with the idea of empathy. Then again, maybe Hillary's definition of empathy is different from that of most people. This is the woman who heartily laughed recalling how lost evidence allowed a rapist she defended to go free. The rapist in question raped a 12-year-old girl into a coma. Anyone who laughs recalling aiding a monster like that go free has a slightly different definition of empathy than myself.
Another bit of unintentional humor comes when Hillary compares Charles Dickens' description of the lead-in to the French Revolution to the era of the 2016 election. I mean, it's very similar if you ignore the whole "dozens of heads rolling" during Robespierre's reign of terror. With all the talk of Russian hats and Russian ties, it will be interesting seeing how she responds when the Mueller investigation inevitably ends with no evidence of Trump collusion.
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