Hillary Clinton apologizes for making up something nice to say about Nancy Reagan
Hillary Clinton tried to be classy Friday, softening her image by attending the funeral of Nancy Reagan, and it blew up in her face. While I give her credit for contrasting sharply with President Obama’s snub of the event (in order to attend the SXSW hipster music/culture festival in Austin, Texas, where he offered a pro forma statement from a completely inappropriate venue), she was undone by her proclivity to make crap up to make herself look good. In this instance, it was not claiming she was under sniper fire arriving in Bosnia, but a more benign casual fabrication: praising Nancy Reagan for talking about AIDS when it was not so easy:
"It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV-AIDS back in the 1980s. And because of both president and Mrs. Reagan — in particular Mrs. Reagan — we started a national conversation," Clinton said.
"When before nobody would talk about it, nobody wanted to do anything about it, and that too is something that I really appreciate with her very effective, low-key advocacy, but it penetrated the public conscious, and people began to say, 'Hey, we have to do something about this, too.'"
The problem for Hillary was that it is an article of faith on the homosexual left that because President and Mrs. Reagan did not immediately devote huge amounts of attention and government resources to the new disease, they are responsible for the deaths of those who contracted the behaviorally spread disease. In the forefront were activists who were scathing in their blame. As Dan Zak wrote in the Washington Post:
In 1988 the gay writer and pioneering AIDS activist Larry Kramer wrote a play titled “Just Say No” — borrowing Nancy’s anti-drug catchphrase to skewer the Reagans and other influentials who were inattentive to the AIDS crisis.
“I put every bit of awfulness I could uncover into this,” Kramer told Liz Smith in 1991. His tone typified the ruthless contempt for the Reagans that came from the gay community in particular.
So Hillary stepped on a landmine by praising Nancy Reagan, and the response was immediate.
Reagans started a "national convo about AIDS" only if people screaming "WHY WON'T YOU TALK ABOUT AIDS?!?" at them counts. @HillaryClinton— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) March 11, 2016
Nothing gets the attention of a Democrat candidate faster than criticism from the homosexual left.
Hillary Clinton’s statement on her comments about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS: pic.twitter.com/RtIs0zpJfk— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 11, 2016
I can just imagine Hillary muttering to herself, “Damn, I try to say something nice about a Republican, and look what happens. I won’t make that mistake again.”