Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Get It



To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, there Hillary Clinton goes again. In what now is an almost routine display of political pandering, the former Democratic presidential candidate suggested recently that Europe must curb migration to prevent the rise of right-wing populism.

“I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton told The Guardian newspaper during a discussion of the role populism in the defeat of left-leaning political leaders.

She further argued that European leaders “must send a very clear message – ‘we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support’ – because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic.”

Wise advice, but it would have been more valuable years ago before migration into Europe began to decline after reaching a peak during the refugee crisis in 2015. It should be noted that the slowdown is largely due to an agreement between the European Union and Turkey to repatriate migrants who failed to apply for asylum or whose claims were rejected.

Initially some might have believed Clinton was proving accurate the theory that “a broken clock is right once a day.” But then she offered advice for her fellow Democrats in the next election.

Rather than stick to the open borders, pro-amnesty, platform on which she ran in 2016, Clinton urged potential candidates to advocate for deporting “bad actors,” but also setting an (undetermined) cut-off point for those here illegally to learn English, “pay taxes, they have to follow the law, they have to wait in line, and you have a process.”

“For people who then keep coming, you turn them back, unless they qualify for asylum, which has been in our law for hundreds of years,” she added, according to another excerpt published by The Guardian.

Rattled, the open borders lobby reacted in the only way they know how – with no facts, but plenty of red-meat rhetoric.

“Deeply misguided and unfortunate comment from someone who must know better,” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington tweeted.

Liberal author James Zogby said Clinton was giving “shameful cover to Europe’s nationalists.”

The broken clock proved itself to actually be broken when Clinton attempted to backpedal – or as her friends in the media put it “clarify” – in a Twitter thread that focused on compassion and comprehensive immigration reform.

She gave lip service to the need for “security and the rule of law” while noting she has “always been and remain[s]a staunch advocate of comprehensive immigration reform that’s true to our values and treats every person with dignity, provides a pathway to full and equal citizenship.”

For good measure, she blasted Republicans for trying to “divide” the country, and condemned President Trump’s alleged “cruel abuses at the border.”

What a shame that Clinton lost her political guts because curbing immigration levels is not only good advice, but sound policy.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    She claims in the interview that she wasn’t “asked the hard questions” during the debates with Trump and that hurt her. Amazing how nothing was ever her fault. She does have a point though, but it’s not some alleged bias by the press against her, but the exact opposite. No member of the press has ever asked her why she let CNN pass debate questions to her campaign and which were answered by her during the debates. She’s never been asked why she and her husband took a hard line against illegal immigration a decade and more ago and then they completely switched around. Or why the Obama administration sold 20% of our uranium reserves to Russia while the companies involved gave over a hundred million to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State. Talk about collusion.

    The Guardian is well known in Britain for being left wing, they openly admit it. When has she ever subjected herself to any “hard questions”? The answer is never because half the time it’s going on some show like Ellen. Let her give an interview to Fox or a paper like the Washington Times so she can get some of those questions she claims she wants.

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