CNN reported last night that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has “lost patience” with Bernie Sanders and was going to go on the attack to “disqualify” him in the minds of voters. Today, Clinton launched the first missile through Twitter, painting herself as a champion for the parents of victims of Sandy Hook over Bernie Sanders, who didn’t support legislation placing blame on gun manufacturers. While the Democratic primary has remained relatively civil and issue-focused up till now, the Clinton campaign has finally hit a new low in exploiting the victims of Sandy Hook for political gain. This is particularly ironic given Clinton’s history of fundraisers with an NRA lobbyist, using her position as secretary of state to broker weapons deals in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation, and defending a guilty child rapist who beat a 12-year-old into a coma and injured her so badly she could no longer have children.
But today, Clinton tweeted that Sanders prioritizes gun manufacturers’ rights over the parents and victims of Sandy Hook.
To move on to the shameless hypocrisy displayed by Hillary Clinton, let’s talk about her priorities.
Pro-women’s rights, unless you are a 12-year-old rape victim whose rapist has the right connections
Back in 1975, Hillary Clinton defended a guilty child rapist as a personal favor, getting the man off with time served for not only raping the 12-year-old girl, but beating her so badly she was in a coma, and she was injured so badly she was unable to have children. And yes, Clinton knew the man was guilty when she defended him. Yes, lawyers sometimes defend people they know are guilty, but most of them don’t go on to run for president and claim to be some great champion for women’s rights. Hillary Clinton did not have to take this case, but chose to.
Not only did Clinton get the man off for time served, but during the trial, Clinton also disparaged the character of the victim. This is the woman who put former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright up on the stage to tell all of us women voters that if we don’t support Clinton simply because she’s another woman, we “deserve a special place in hell.” So tell us Hillary Clinton, are there age limits as to when women should start supporting other women? How about this — have you earned your special place in hell for further victimizing a raped child?
Audiotapes came out of Clinton talking about the case, saying it was an “interesting” case, and laughing about it. While this information is nothing new, the GOP has been sitting on it during the primary campaign, but you can bet they’ll be dragging it out for the general election if Clinton gets the nomination, so let’s just get it out on the table right now. They will paint her as a defender of child rapists, which in fact, she is.
This is only the first level of hypocrisy in Hillary Clinton trying to paint herself as such a champion for children and women. Wait till Fox News starts asking that 12-year-old girl, who is now grown up, how Hillary Clinton terrorized her during that court proceeding. The Daily Beast already did.
“Hillary Clinton took me through hell… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I heard you on tape laughing.”
Gun lobbyists line her pockets
Hillary Clinton may be putting on a big show about how “tough” she is against the gun lobby, but as recently as March 21, 2016, she has taken money from gun lobbyists and was part of a big fundraiser hosted by long-time NRA lobbyist Jeff Forbes. This is one of the few areas where the Bernie Sanders campaign has gone on the attack directly against Hillary Clinton, and his campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, didn’t mince words in calling Clinton to task for her ties to gun lobbyists in a press release from the campaign.
“How can you claim to take on the gun lobby when the gun lobby is funding your campaign? If Secretary Clinton is sincere about gun safety reform she should give back their money and ban gun lobbyists from any involvement in her campaign.”
If you think supporting those who support individual gun ownership isn’t such a terrible thing — even in light of the hypocrisy of her tweet today — how do you feel about massive weapons deals brokered in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation?
Clinton Foundation donations bought arms deals
Not only did Clinton vote for the Iraq war, which proved to be a huge mistake and killed thousands of children, her war-mongering extends beyond those conflicts in which the United States has been directly involved. As previously reported in Inquisitr, during Hillary Clinton’s reign as secretary of state, several countries received arms deals shortly after donating to the Clinton Foundation.
“The State Department formally approved these arms sales even as many of the deals enhanced the military power of countries ruled by authoritarian regimes whose human rights abuses had been criticized by the department. Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar all donated to the Clinton Foundation and also gained State Department clearance to buy caches of American-made weapons even as the department singled them out for a range of alleged ills, from corruption to restrictions on civil liberties to violent crackdowns against political opponents.”
In addition, as reported by the source of the investigation, International Business Times, American arms sales nearly doubled during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state compared to George W. Bush’s presidency.
“Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data… The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. These extra sales were part of a broad increase in American military exports that accompanied Obama’s arrival in the White House. The 143 percent increase in U.S. arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors compares to an 80 percent increase in such sales to all countries over the same time period.”
It looks like if you were a small country and you wanted to get armed to the teeth back then, all you had to do was give Hillary and Bill Clinton a nice donation to their foundation, and your weapons deal went through.
This is the woman trying to chastise Bernie Sanders for not holding gun manufacturers liable for the failure of politicians to enact better gun control legislation, and for the individuals who commit these horrible massacres. But Clinton was more than happy to arm countries with a record of human rights violations while she was secretary of state, as long as they gave money to the Clinton Foundation.
Those are the actions of a mercenary, plain and simple.
For Hillary Clinton to have the gall to wrap herself in the tragedy of Sandy Hook and portray herself as some kind of saint fighting for those victims, while exploiting an American tragedy for political gain, is the highest form of hypocrisy, and one of the most disgusting political tactics we have ever seen. Hillary Clinton’s hands are the bloody ones, not Bernie Sanders’.
— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) April 6, 2016
[Photo by Seth Wenig/AP Photo]