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If you like Donald Trump’s often overt racism, then you will love Hillary Clinton.
As a ‘Goldwater Girl’ in the 1960s, Hillary volunteered for segregationist presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, a decision she said in 1996 she was “proud” of. While tens of thousands marched in the streets against Goldwater, Hillary worked towards his election, which Martin Luther King suggested “would be a tragedy, and certainly suicidal almost for the nation and the world.”
Years later, as First Lady, she infamously called African-American youth “superpredators” who needed to be brought to heel (presumably like dogs), while actively campaigning for her husband’s crime bill. The bill would prove to be a disaster for America in general in an ‘All Lives Matter’ kind of way, but an absolute travesty for African-American communities.
Racist in thought, racist in action, racist in result.
And my how times fly, but some things they never change. During this election cycle, Hillary played the role of an aging rock band performing old hits at a reunion show when she had Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams removed from a fundraising event. After Williams was escorted out of the swanky mansion Hillary turned to the sea of rich, white faces and proclaimed, “Well, back to the issues.”
It is a Clinton classic and a foundational piece of their political playbook. From Bill Clinton overseeing the execution of a mentally unfit black man during his 1991 presidential campaign to his attempt to elicit an endorsement for his wife from Ted Kennedy in 2008 by saying “A few years ago this guy [Barack Obama] would have been carrying our bags.”
Impressed by Trump’s unsolicited endorsement from KKK leader David Duke? It is a soft-connection which pales in comparison to Hillary’s history with former Senator and high-ranking KKK member Robert Byrd. A “friend and mentor,” as Hillary called him, she would “rely on his advice and counsel.” One wonders what type of counsel is given by a man who once said that he didn’t want to “see this beloved land of ours degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimens of the wild.” Upon his death in 2010, Hillary provided the eulogy at his funeral, calling him “A man of surpassing eloquence and nobility” and stating longingly that “it is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without [him].”
Of course, much like Trump’s brand of racism is multi-racial, Hillary does not discriminate when directing her bigotry.
She once introduced a quote at a fundraiser with wealthy donors by saying “it’s from Mahatma Gandhi. He ran a gas station down in St. Louis for a couple years.”
She has used the term “off the reservation,” managing to bring often-ignored Native Americans into her circle of discrimination.
And in 2008, her campaign released pictures of then Senator Obama wearing traditional African dress, what would be widely interpreted as ‘Muslim’ clothing. The implication of the racist attack can be seen in the defense. When asked at a town hall if Obama was an Arab, his presidential opponent John McCain responded “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, a citizen.”
If Trump’s racism gets your red-white-and blue blood boiling, then you have a champion in both words and deeds in Hillary Clinton.
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