Yale seniors were sent out into the real world with a powerful message this weekend: Marry well, ride your husband/wife’s coattails into a land of your own success, break every law and rule in the book if it advances your career even one iota (or simply for your own convenience), and then, if after all that, you still fail to achieve your goals? Blame Russia.
That message was delivered by having Hillary Rodham Clinton deliver the commencement address to the graduating class. In her speech, Clinton was by turns yukking it up (she brought a Russian fur hat to show she possesses a sense of humor) and deadly serious (warning grads that we were living through “one of the most tumultuous times in the history of our country”), but she made sure her audience knew one thing above all: She’s still “not over” losing to Donald Trump.
“We’re living through a time when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, even facts and reason are under assault like never before,” Clinton said, parroting left-wing talking points without offering a shred of evidence. “But we are also witnessing an era of new moral conviction, civic engagement and a sense of devotion to our democracy and country.”
Yes. Among Trump supporters.
“Let me get this out of the way,” Hillary said. “No, I’m not over it. I still think about the 2016 election, I still regret the mistakes I made. I still think that understanding what happened in such a weird and wild election in American history will help us defend our democracy in the future. Whether you’re right, left, center, Republican, Democrat, independent, vegetarian, whatever. We all have a stake in that. So today as a person I’m OK but as an American I’m concerned.”
Clinton, obviously, did not elaborate on “the mistakes” she made. We assume that one of those mistakes – perhaps her only one – was having the temerity to be born a woman, which she still believes was one of the primary factors keeping her out of the White House. Any other mistakes she’s owned up to in the last year and a half have been half-hearted at best, always accompanied by what amounts to a doubling-down on the original mistake. Then again, maybe we can’t fault her for that; it’s the Democrat way.
Clinton cautioned the crowd that “she was not going to get political” before doing exactly that.
“The radicalization of American politics hasn’t been symmetrical,” she claimed. “There are leaders in our country who blatantly incite people with hateful rhetoric, who fear change, who see the world in zero-sum terms, so that if others are gaining, well, they must be losing. That’s a recipe for polarization and conflict.”
Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, but your version of the truth is missing some pieces. It’s missing that time when you referred to half of Trump’s supporters as belonging to a “basket of deplorables,” for instance. And really, this is again what you did here, insisting that everyone who believes differently than you is engaging in “hateful rhetoric.”
And what IS “hateful rhetoric” if it isn’t what the left has been throwing at Trump and his supporters since the day he descended that escalator in June 2015? He’s been called a clown, a Nazi, a rapist, a fascist, a racist, an orange-skinned buffoon, an idiot, a treasonous snake, a sexist, a liar, and every other name in the book. His supporters have been called many of the same names…and worse. To say that the polarization in our politics is all coming from one side is to be willfully blind to reality. It isn’t OUR side that’s trying to nullify an election using conspiracy theories and scapegoats. It isn’t OUR side that calls a left-wing lobbying group a “domestic terrorist organization.” It isn’t OUR side that wants to fundamentally change the way we do elections…simply so we can win.
The problem isn’t that Hillary isn’t “over” her loss in 2016; the problem is that the entire Democratic Party is still not over it. And in every speech, every newscast, and every headline, they are pushing young liberals into a further state of radicalization by denying the legitimacy of this president. Clinton and the rest of them like to tell us that our democracy is in trouble, but never is it in greater danger than when they accuse this president of stealing the last election with the help of a foreign power. And they do this every single day. All without the slightest evidence.
So no, you’re right, Hillary – the radicalization of our politics is not symmetrical. Only one side is “not over” the last election. And until you guys get over it, things will not improve.