Testing 2020 campaign messaging?
We can probably add twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s speech at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to the ever-growing list of signs she’s running in 2020. In her speech Friday, she took aim at President Trump, Republicans, and even those among her own supporters who didn’t vote in 2016.
Although she tossed in a few comments directed at the teachers to whom she was speaking, Hillary’s speech was at its essence a campaign speech of the same sort she tried out prior to running in 2008 and in 2016. She hit on health care, infrastructure, illegal immigration, “free” college, taxes, and gun control. Oh, and she mentioned K-12 education a time or two in a nod to her purported audience.
Speaking strongly about the threats to “progress,” Hillary claimed that President Trump is engaged in “organized cruelty” and that he and his administration are trying to “rip the heart out of America.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ripped the Trump administration on Friday during a teachers union conference in Pittsburgh.
Speaking to thousands at the American Federation of Teachers Convention, Clinton expressed her disdain over multiple Trump policies.
The ongoing issue of migrant family separations at the border goes beyond politics, she said, adding that it was disgraceful, inhumane and indecent.
Clinton went on to say that the administration wants to transform the American public into “transactional units.”
“It’s like a man-eat-man, woman-eat-woman society,” she said.
However, she said the result of it all “is that they are trying to rip the heart out of America.”
“They want to turn us against each other,” Clinton said.
If you’re a believer in the theory that Democrats tend to projection, blaming Republicans for their own unsavory and destructive agenda and tactics, that mention of seeing Americans as “transactional units” probably made your blood run cold. It did mine.
Apparently having forgotten dismissing half of Trump’s supporters as “a basket of deplorables,” Hillary indicates that she is outraged by “the disdain and contempt” of Trump in particular and of Republicans in general.
Speaking at the labor union’s conference in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Clinton slammed the administration’s separations of families at the border as inhumane and indecent.
“I believe with all my heart that the test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable among us, particularly our youngest, our oldest, our people with disabilities, and right now, my friends, our country is failing that test,” she said. “We have never seen such organized cruelty, disdain and contempt for those values.
“People used to hide the way they felt,” she lamented. “They wouldn’t come right out and say what they were thinking, which was good, that’s part of the process of civilization. Boy, not today.”
Hillary also took the opportunity to recast former Vice President Joe Biden’s outrageous claim that Republicans want to put black people “back in chains” by saying that she “worries” that Republicans want to turn the clock back—not to the 1950s as she’s long maintained—to the 1850s.
On Friday morning, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would bring back slavery if he is confirmed to the nation’s highest court.
“Let me say a word about the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Clinton told the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at its national convention. “This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights — including those to make our own health decisions.”
“It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the Court for decades and to reverse decades of progress,” the former Democratic presidential nominee declared.
Then came the kicker: “I used to worry that they [the Republicans] wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s.”
Clinton was clearly suggesting that Trump and Kavanaugh want to return to the days when slavery was legal in the South. The irony is, originalist Supreme Court justices like Kavanaugh would have agreed with Abraham Lincoln against the South, especially on the issue of slavery.
At one point in her
campaign speech address to the AFT, Hillary told a few stories about all the many many (many) people she’s met since she lost her second presidential bid in 2016. The stories are all about how all of these people didn’t vote in the 2016 election because they “didn’t think she needed” them or they “didn’t think it mattered.” She, of course, insists she did and it did.
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