|The Family Research Council falsely accuse Hillary Clinton of encouraging violence.|
The minute I read that Hillary Clinton said something about today's political climate, I knew there would be trouble. I knew that whatever she said would be deliberately distorted. I didn't know that the Family Research Council would be the entity getting the "booby prize" for fearmongering.
First, let's recap. In a recent interview, Clinton said the following:
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength."
That was it. That's the quote which is now being distorted to claim that Clinton is advocating mob violence. I kid you not. Due to the fact that the GOP really doesn't have a message for the voters in the upcoming midterm election and the simple fact that just mentioning her name creates all sorts of negative emotions with its base, party members and their operatives have distorted Clinton's statement to brand her as the Madame DeFarge of the midterms. The only thing they are missing in their accusations is claiming that Clinton is making a list of targets in her "knitting."
And as I mentioned earlier, if any one person or group was in the running for the grand prize of hysteria in that department, it would be anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council:
If you're looking for respect from the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton says you've come to the wrong place. In a damaging sit-down with CNN, the former First Lady didn't do the Left any favors when she insisted that liberals should only act decently when they're winning. (Something her interview may have just put on hold indefinitely.)
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton said to the gasps of plenty in her own party. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that's when civility can start again." But given what we've seen over the last two years I don't think the Left is even capable of civility at this point! We've seen leftists call for the assassination of the president, Brett Kavanaugh, and issued death threats to Senate Republicans. And instead of condemning the aggression, one of the faces of the Democratic Party is encouraging more of it.
Assassinations? Death threats? Really? How can anyone actually glean any of that from Clinton's statement? In no way, shape, or form can anyone rationally believe that Clinton was calling for or encouraging violence of any sort. Of course seeing who now occupies the White House and how his supporters are turning flips to justify all of his incompetent actions, it wouldn't be a lie to say rationality exited the picture a long time ago.
I hope folks aren't so distracted by the fake reactions to Clinton's words so much so that they ignore the general honesty of her statement. When Obama was president, the GOP deliberately stalled his agenda. Hell, they were plotting to undermine him even while he was celebrating his first inauguration. Sen. Mitch McConnell - one of the main ones pretending to clutch the pearls over Clinton's comment - voiced a desire to make Obama a one-term president.
In general, every time Obama reached his hand out to them, they figuratively took turns biting it and giving prizes to the one who took off more skin. And then when they got power, the GOP got worse, more ruthless, more insistent on pushing their agenda through, no matter how it would damage the country, i.e. that "lovely" tax cuts bill. So yes, Clinton was right.
It's a nice solace to see that there are some things you can always count on, even in this unpredictable political climate. You can always count on conservatives to freak out at whatever Clinton says. And you can always count on the Family Research Council to lie as if the act is going out of style