2017’s already shaping up as a terrible year for the Left, and now Hillary Clinton has just dealt us another crushing blow.
On Tuesday, New York Magazine announced that Bill and Hillary Clinton plan to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Two well-placed sources tell New York that over the past few weeks Hillary Clinton discussed with trusted advisers and friends whether or not she should attend the inaugural. She and President Clinton, the sources said, decided to do so out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.
“Duty and respect for the American democratic process?” What “democratic process?” The one by which the DNC held their thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton during the non-Democratic primaries and never gave Bernie Sanders a fair shot? The one in which only nine percent of Americans even “chose” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the first place?
NBC’s Hallie Jackson tweeted that former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura also plan on coming, and added that they’re “pleased” to “witness the peaceful transfer of power.”
NEW: Pres. George W. Bush & wife will attend Donald Trump's inauguration; say they're pleased to "witness the peaceful transfer of power"
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) January 3, 2017
NPR reports Jimmy Carter’s also coming, though his fellow ex-POTUS George H.W. Bush says he can’t due to serious health issues…Which we hope is just a polite term for not wanting to Bushusuru all over Donald Trump.
It’s the custom for ex-presidents and their spouses to join new ones on their big day. But come on, this is Donald Trump. After all their dire warnings, the Bushes and the Clintons now plan to normalize Mein Trumpf by taking part in this “peaceful” transfer of power? Instead of fighting for people who will suffer under a GOP regime that a near-3 million majority of us voted against, Hillary Clinton’s going to just sit and smile politely while clapping at the right moments?
Is this what “leadership” looks like? No wonder Hillary Clinton lost.
Make no mistake, this was not a democratic election by any standard. This was a Republican coup enabled by the Electoral College, an undemocratic relic left over from the days of slavery. It had just one job to do since we ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1789, and failed to do it.
For those who supported Hillary Clinton because they saw her as someone who’d fight for women, children, LGBT people, minorities, the poor, and our shared natural resources, this feels like a slap in the face. For those of us who backed Bernie Sanders but grudgingly came around for Clinton because we don’t want people to starve, sicken, and die, this feels like a punch in the gut.
She won’t join the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors in their fight against Big Oil, but she’ll go to Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Donald Trump is a pro-oil, pro-corporate, racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT fascist whose rise some have compared to the Adolf Hitler’s. His cabinet and White House staff picks show he has no intention of keeping his campaign vows to “drain the swamp.” Nor will he help the millions of struggling U.S. workers and former workers who voted for him. So far, Mein Trumpf has shown every sign that he will rubber-stamp the Republicans’ toxic agenda no matter how many more lives it destroys.
During her campaign, Hillary Clinton claimed this is what she’s fought against her entire adult life. But when push comes to shove, she’s not fighting.
As with the election that handed George W. Bush the White House back in 2000, this transfer of power is only “peaceful” because the GOP stole the election and leaders of the Democratic Party keep letting them get away with it.
It’s not just about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, or about the GOP-appointed Supreme Court justices who blocked the Florida vote recount back in 2000. It’s not just about the fact that Al Gore won the popular vote by over half a million votes and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.
It’s about the fact that the GOP keeps losing the popular vote and then swaggering around slashing budgets and wrecking things left and right as though they’ve won a mandate. But our Democratic leaders still haven’t learned their lesson. They’ve lost power at every level of government and still refuse to grow a pair and fight back.
It’s about the GOP’s assault on voters’ rights by blocking us from voting and keeping our votes from counting when we do. It’s about their over-the-top redrawing of state legislative districts when they swept the House in 2010. It’s about their voter ID laws — which serve no purpose other than to deny people the right to vote — and their sneaky ways of purging voters from the rolls.
The Republicans are to blame for the fact that our former “Land of Opportunity” looks and feels more and more like a third-world wasteland with each passing day. They’re the ones who are hellbent on pushing the “Christian” right’s and their corporate masters’ toxic agendas at all costs, while outright lying to their voters
But Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats also bear a large share of the blame, because they refuse to stand up and fight for us or for the principles they claim to have.
She just doesn’t get it. For those of us who are about to lose our health insurance, get laid off, become victims of hate crimes, or get deported to countries torn by poverty, war and violence, winning this election wasn’t just a matter of pride: It’s literally a matter of life or death.
Hillary Clinton fought hard, but not nearly hard enough. Her campaign made all kinds of bad decisions, starting with their top-down management style, fatal lack of a 50-state strategy, and their arrogant refusal to listen to rank-and-file campaign workers on the ground in key swing states.
It can even be argued that Bernie Sanders — not she — was the right candidate for this anti-establishment election cycle and that she never should have run at all. Alas, you can’t connect with voters when you live in a damned bubble.
The fact that Hillary Clinton lost what was hers to win shows how horribly out of touch she is. Had she truly understood — at a gut level — what was at stake, she wouldn’t have taken any chances.
NOTE: Some readers have pointed out that Hillary Clinton’s in between a rock and a hard place. If she attends Donald Trump’s inauguration, she looks like a sellout. If she doesn’t, she looks like a sore loser. To that, I answer: then she should attend the Women’s March on Washington.
WATCH: Newsy reports Bill and Hillary Clinton decide to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration.
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