Hillary laughs as supporter says he would like to strangle Carly Fiorina
Hillary Clinton really knows how to yuk it up with her supporters, one of whom stated (video below) during a recent Q&A with the candidate that “[e]very time I see her [Carly Fiorina] on TV I want to reach through and strangle her.”
Clinton seemed to find his comment hilarious, as she erupted with laughter along with the rest of the audience. Even when the man followed up his comment by noting that he realized that what he said doesn’t sound very good, Clinton kept laughing.
Also worthy of note is the fact that this large-built man – a man Clinton said she would not “mess with” – had been laid off by Hewlett-Packard, so he had a personal bone to pick. The guy is angry and frustrated to the point of moving beyond expression of such feelings to the idea of choking Carly Fiorina.
Will Clinton be held to the same standard Republicans are held to, where it seems a week doesn’t go by when a Democrat isn’t demanding one of them condemn and apologize for (fill in the blank)?
Most recently, the left (and quite a few on the right) were having apoplexy over a man’s question at a Trump town hall meeting. After the man (who may well have been a plant) raised the issue of Muslims in America while also stating his belief that Obama is a Muslim, the calls for condemnation were swift and strong.
The two Democratic frontrunners led the charge, with Sanders saying, “Trump must apologize to the president and American people for continuing the lie that the president is not an American and not a Christian” and Clinton stating that Trump “should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that kind of hatefulness” (here and here).
Then there is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s recent demand that “Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement” (here).
And on and on: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called on Republicans to condemn rancher Cliven Bundy,” “[m]ore than 75 Democratic lawmakers are calling on House Republican leaders to condemn radio host Rush Limbaugh’s controversial remarks,” “Democrats are demanding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) condemn a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman's characterization of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes,” “House Democrats want more of an apology from South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson,” “Democrats are demanding an apology from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller,” and “Florida's Democratic Party has demanded an apology from Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.” (See here, here, here, here, here, and here for this small sampling.)
One might wonder, well, surely Republicans demand apologies and condemnations as well. And they do. But Democrats often get loads of media coverage and validation for their (real or fake) outrage, while Republicans are far less likely to find their complaints legitimized. We know all too well that the media can choose to focus on something or ignore it. They can choose to harp on something or let it slide. They can hold a politician’s feet to the fire or hand him a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid. And we know how that tends to play out.
The other difference is that oftentimes, Democrats want Republicans to apologize for speaking the truth. So, for example, when Ben Carson raised important issues regarding the conflict between the teachings of the Quran and our Constitution, Democrats (and some Republicans) were in a tizzy. But why? He spoke the truth. The truth, however, is not welcome on the left. And so many Democrats skipped over the apology portion of the program and jumped to calls for Carson to quit the race (here).
The GOP is calling on Clinton to apologize. That’s a no-brainer and a bare minimum. And if Clinton does apologize, it will mean precious little.
Whether the media will hold Hillary’s feet to the fire remains to be seen. I doubt they will. But they should. One of her supporters just said he’d like to strangle one of our presidential candidates. Hillary’s response? CACKLE! CACKLE! CACKLE! CACKLE!
UPDATE: Media reaction is starting to roll in. Business Insider described the man’s comment as “an off color joke.” As you might imagine, the Clinton campaign has its talking points honed and surprise, surprise, it’s in complete alignment with the media’s meme (or is it the other way around?). Clinton’s what-difference-does-anything-make defense is that the man’s comment was a “joke.” I guess it all depends on what the meaning of “joke” is.
Hat tips: The Right Scoop, Breitbart