Brian Thomas reports former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was invited for an interview with BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show” to talk about her book “What Happened” and her failed presidential campaign.
When asked about President Trump’s inauguration, Clinton admitted that she didn’t want to go. She said she called former presidents and first ladies to see if they were going before deciding that she would show up.
She said she only went to the inauguration because of tradition that former first ladies attend.
“I really tried to get out of going,” Clinton said. “I was going not as a candidate or the opponent, but as a former first lady because the tradition is presidents and former first ladies all show up regardless of Republican or Democrat to show support, continuity of our government.”
She says she and Bill wondered if others weren’t going. Only after realizing that nobody else would hide away during the inauguration did the Clintons decide to go.
“We called the Bushes, and the elder Bushes were in the hospital, which I think was legitimate,” she said. “And so then, we called the younger Bushes and they said ‘yeah, we’re going.’ We called the Carters, and they said ‘yeah, we’re going,’ so Bill and I looked at each other and we said, ‘We gotta go.’”
Clinton went on to attack Trump’s inauguration speech. She said Trump was “divisive” and “dark” and he indicated that he would only be president for those who supported him.
Clinton took a line from her book, saying Trump’s inauguration speech was one of white nationalism.
“Oh my gosh, I try to describe in the book what that felt like.” Clinton said. “[…] what i wanted to have happen was despite the kind of campaign he ran I wanted him to rise to the occasion of being our president and being the president for everybody, not just people who supported him. That didn’t happen.”
“We were listening to this really dark, divisive speech that i describe as a cry from the white nationalist gut. And I was so disappointed, really so sad that it wasn’t an outreach. It was a narrowing and a hammering of what he had said before.”
Clinton’s “disappointment” in Trump’s speech can be a bit confusing for anyone who actually heard it.
After opening with usual thank yous, the first words of Trump’s speech were “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.”
If Clinton was hoping that Trump’s speech would be about joining together rather than dividing, then she should have been satisfied from the start.
Clinton’s assertion that the speech was white nationalist was odd. Which part was white nationalist? Was it the part when Trump said that his presidency would seek to return power to the American people from Washington D.C.?
“Today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another,” Trump said. “but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.”
Watch Trump’s speech for yourself here, and see if Clinton’s criticism is justified.
Clinton seemed surprisingly delighted to admit her childish and shameful behavior. Rather than making a decision like an independent adult, Clinton picked up the phone to see if anyone else was feeling as cowardly as she did. Of course they didn’t, so Clinton’s decision was made based on the actions of others.
That’s just plain sad.
H/T: The Washington Times