A New York State Of Mind Has Focused The Race On Clinton's Lack Of Accomplishments As A Senator, Inability To Justify Her Decisions, And Failure To Connect With Voters
- Despite being her adopted home state, Bernie Sanders is giving Clinton a run for money for the title of "The Real New Yorker" ahead of today's primary.
- This weekend, Clinton dodged on a key 9/11 bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), claiming she knew nothing about it, but moments later came out in support of the legislation.
- Clinton's time as a senator from New York shows that she was unable to fulfill key campaign promises or as her 2016 surrogates point out, have any substantive accomplishments to show for her time representing The Empire State.
- Clinton shamelessly points to the tragedy of 9/11 as an excuse against criticisms of her Senate record and Wall Street donations.
- From New York Unions siding with Sanders to protests outside the Clinton Foundation headquarters, Clinton has faced rejection throughout New York.
- As tensions rise in the Democrat primary race, some of Clinton's biggest New York supporters have failed to come to her defense.
- Try as she may, Clinton's time in New York has proven to be nothing more than a campaign of pandering and gaffe-ridden appearances.
DESPITE IT BEING HER ADOPTED HOME STATE, DEMOCRATS ARE SPLIT OVER WHETHER CLINTON OR SANDERS IS "THE REAL NEW YORKER"
"After A String Of Losses To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) In Recent Contests … Clinton Is Doing Just About Anything To Convince New York Voters That She Deserves Their Support In The State's Upcoming Democratic Primary." "Subways be damned, Hillary Clinton is a New Yorker and she wants to prove it to you. After a string of losses to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in recent contests from Idaho to Wyoming, Clinton is doing just about anything to convince New York voters that she deserves their support in the state's upcoming Democratic primary. This kind of political pandering is tailor-made for "Saturday Night Live" and in the cold open for this weekend's Russell Crowe-helmed episode, Clinton's New York credibility took center stage." (Cole Delbyck, "'SNL' Mocks Just How Desperate Hillary Clinton Is To Be A New Yorker," The Huffington Post, 4/10/16)
- The Huffington Post Headline: "'SNL' Mocks Just How Desperate Hillary Clinton Is To Be A New Yorker" (Cole Delbyck, "'SNL' Mocks Just How Desperate Hillary Clinton Is To Be A New Yorker," The Huffington Post , 4/10/16)
When Asked Who Is "The Real New Yorker," The Potential New York Democrat Electorate Was Split 40 Percent To 40 Percent Between Clinton And Sanders. ( NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll , 989 A, MoE 3.1%, April 2016)
- When Asked Who Is "The Real New Yorker," Only 42 Percent Of Likely Democrat Primary Voters Pointed To Clinton While 39 Percent Said Sanders. ( NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll , 557 A, MoE 4/2%, April 2016)
THIS WEEKEND, CLINTON DODGED AND SAID THAT SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT A KEY 9/11-RELATED BILL, BUT TOOK A POSITION MOMENTS AFTER THE INTERVIEW AIRED
When Asked About The Bill Sponsored By Sen. Schumer (D-NY) But Opposed By President Obama, Clinton Initially Claimed That She Had Never Looked Into It And That She Would Have To Do More Research
On Sunday, Clinton, Not Just New York's Former Senator, But A Former Secretary Of State, Repeatedly Dodged When Asked For Her Opinion On A Bill Backed By 9/11 Families, Sponsored By Schumer But Opposed By Obama. ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Your senior senator here in New York, Chuck Schumer, sponsored a bill backed by the 9-11 families that would give them the right to sue state sponsors of terror in federal court. Now, it's opposed by the Obama administration. They say it's going to expose the U.S. and its officials to retaliation. So who's right here, Senator Schumer or President Obama?" CLINTON: "I don't really know about that, George. I'll have to look into it. Obviously, we've got to make anyone who participates in or supports terrorism pay a price, and we also have to be aware of any consequences that might affect Americans, either military or civilian or our nation. So, I'm not able to take a position on something…" STEPHANOPOULOS: "You don't know about this issue? It's been around for several years?" CLINTON: "Well, I know it's, I know there's been an issue about it for quite some time. I don't know about the specific legislation that you're referring to. But obviously, I'll look into it." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Ok, so but you're not prepared to say now if you support it or oppose it?" CLINTON: "I can't. I haven't studied it. Unlike some people, I actually do try to learn what's at the core of any question before I offer an opinion, because you know, it's not enough to say what's wrong. I think you have a responsibility to say how you're going to fix it." (ABC's "This Week," 4/17/16)
Clinton Went On To Boast About The Thoroughness She Puts Into Learning About A Given Issue: "Unlike Some People, I Actually Do Try To Learn What's At The Core Of Any Question Before I Offer An Opinion." ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Ok, so but you're not prepared to say now if you support it or oppose it?" CLINTON: "I can't. I haven't studied it. Unlike some people, I actually do try to learn what's at the core of any question before I offer an opinion, because you know, it's not enough to say what's wrong. I think you have a responsibility to say how you're going to fix it." (ABC's "This Week," 4/17/16)
Even Though She Claimed She Was Always Thorough In Evaluating Her Support For Any Legislation, Not Even An Hour After The Interview Aired, Clinton's Top Spokesman Confirmed That She Supports The Bill
Within An Hour After Clinton Claimed To Know Nothing About The 9/11 Bill, But Vowed To Study The Legislation, Her Campaign's Top Spokesman Confirmed Her Support For The Bill Via Twitter. NICK MERRILL: "Hillary Clinton supports the efforts by Senator Schumer and his colleagues in the Senate to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terrorists acts to hold accountable those responsible. As president, she would work with Congress to this end." (Nick Merrill. Twitter Feed, 4/17/16)
The Next Day, Clinton Said On The Legislation, "Wherever The Trail May Lead, It Should Be Followed… We Need Justice." "Both leading Democratic presidential candidates, on the eve of the New York primary, are throwing their support behind legislation that would allow victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have said they want the Senate to pass the bill, even if it means Saudi Arabia becomes angry with the U.S. 'Wherever the trail may lead, it should be followed,' Clinton, the former secretary of State, said on WABC radio on Monday. 'We need justice.'" (Julian Hattem, "Clinton, Sanders Back Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudis," The Hill, 4/18/16)
CLINTON'S LACKLUSTER TENURE AS SENATOR LEFT HER WITH FEW ACHIEVEMENTS AND LEFT NEW YORKERS WITH LOADS OF BROKEN PROMISES
Top Clinton Supporter And Former Senate Colleague Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Was Unable To Name Any Of Clinton's Achievements As A New York Senator
Despite Her Support For Clinton's Candidacy And Serving Together In The Senate For Nearly A Decade, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Struggled To Answer What Was Clinton's Signature Accomplishment As A Senator. "It was a straight up question that Sen. Dianne Feinstein admitted she wasn't expecting when she came to The Chronicle Tuesday to pitch her new California water plan. As someone who worked with Hillary Clinton for nearly a decade in the Senate, what in your view was her signature accomplishment as a senator? Feinstein, who arrived at the meeting with five aides toting thick briefing books outlining her new water policy proposal, paused for a few seconds to ponder the career of Clinton, whom she has endorsed." (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle , 3/29/16)
- San Francisco Chronicle Headline: "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle , 3/29/16)
Feinstein: "Golly, I Forget What Bills She's Been Part Of Or Authored. I Didn't Really Come Prepared To Discuss This." "'Golly, I forget what bills she's been part of or authored. I didn't really come prepared to discuss this,' Feinstein said during a wide-ranging discussion with The Chronicle's editorial board, and several news reporters and editors. 'But she's been a good senator. There are things outside of bills that you can do, and I know that she's done them for her state.'" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle , 3/29/16)
- "'I Should Have A List,' The Famously Well-Prepared Feinstein Said. Turning To An Aide, She Said With A Smile, 'Get On Google.'" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle , 3/29/16)
Jobs In New York Stagnated When Clinton Was Senator, Despite Her Campaign's "Centerpiece" Promise To Bring 200,000 Jobs To The State
At The CNN Debate In New York, Clinton Said That As Senator She "Worked Hard To Bring Jobs" To New York. HILLARY CLINTON: "We worked hard to bring jobs from Buffalo to Albany and all parts of New York to give more hard-working people a chance to make the most out of their own talents. And we worked hard to keep New York values at the center of who we are and what we do together, and that is -- that is exactly what I want to do as your president." ( CNN Democrat Debate, 4/15/16)
- Clinton Also Said That Her Jobs Plan Would "Jump-Start Advanced Manufacturing" In New York. HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, first of all, I do have a very comprehensive plan to create more jobs and I think that has to be at the center of our economic approach. And so I think it is important that we do more on manufacturing. I went to Syracuse and laid out a $10 billion plan that would, I believe, really jump-start advanced manufacturing." ( CNN Democrat Debate, 4/15/16)
However, Clinton Promised 200,000 New Jobs During Her Senate Run That Did Not Materialize During Her Tenure. "But Mrs. Clinton's critics say that she failed to deliver on the centerpiece of her 2000 push - a promise to bring 200,000 jobs to New York - and many cities upstate have higher unemployment than when she became a senator. The number of private-sector jobs in upstate New York remained virtually stagnant in the eight years Mrs. Clinton served in the Senate, according to state Department of Labor statistics." (Amy Chozick and Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Again Looks Upstate For Win In New York," The New York Times, 4/6/16)
- "Many Cities Have Higher Unemployment Than When She Became A Senator." "But Mrs. Clinton's critics say that she failed to deliver on the centerpiece of her 2000 push - a promise to bring 200,000 jobs to New York - and many cities upstate have higher unemployment than when she became a senator." (Amy Chozick and Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Again Looks Upstate For Win In New York," The New York Times, 4/6/16)
- The Region Clinton Sought To Help Actually Lost Nearly 26,500 Jobs During Her First Term As Senator, According To The Business Council Of New York State. "In her first term in the Senate, the region saw a net loss of 26,500 jobs, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics by the Business Council of New York State." (Carolyn Thompson, "Fact Check: Clinton And Jobs Promised," USA Today, 2/28/08)
- "The Number Of Private-Sector Jobs In Upstate New York Remained Virtually Stagnant In The Eight Years Mrs. Clinton Served In The Senate." "But Mrs. Clinton's critics say that she failed to deliver on the centerpiece of her 2000 push - a promise to bring 200,000 jobs to New York - and many cities upstate have higher unemployment than when she became a senator. The number of private-sector jobs in upstate New York remained virtually stagnant in the eight years Mrs. Clinton served in the Senate, according to state Department of Labor statistics." (Amy Chozick and Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Again Looks Upstate For Win In New York," The New York Times, 4/6/16)
The President Of The Communications Workers Of America Local 1123 Backed Clinton In 2000, But Now Backs Sanders Because Of Jobs Moving Overseas Due To Clinton's Policies. "Christopher Ryan, president of the Communications Workers of America Local 1123, which represents Verizon and American Red Cross workers in Syracuse, said that he backed Mrs. Clinton in 2000 but that the area had been eviscerated by jobs moving overseas. He plans to vote for Mr. Sanders, whom the union has endorsed." (Amy Chozick And Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Again Looks Upstate For Win In New York," The New York Times, 4/6/16)
CLINTON HAS REPEATEDLY USED 9/11 AS AN EXCUSE FOR HER SHORTCOMINGS IN NEW YORK
Clinton Points To 9/11 For Failing To Fulfill Her Promise To Bring New Jobs To New York
Clinton Claimed That 9/11 "Prevented Her, A Freshman Senator, From Fulfilling Her Jobs Promise." "Defending her economic record, Mrs. Clinton has said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Great Recession and a Republican administration prevented her, as a freshman senator, from fulfilling her jobs promise. "We had a very difficult situation with the Bush administration," she said Monday in an interview on "Capital Tonight," an upstate cable news program." (Amy Chozick And Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Again Looks Upstate For Win In New York," The New York Times, 4/6/16)
Clinton Also Invokes 9/11 As Cause For Her Acceptance Of High Dollar Wall Street Donations
Clinton Previously Touted Her Support Of "The Little Guy" Post-9/11, But When Put On The Defensive Facing Criticism Over Accepting Wall Street Donations She Used The Same Argument For "Helping The Big Guys." "On the domestic front, Clinton spent most of her energy post-9/11 fighting for the little guy. On Saturday night, she inexplicably claimed credit for helping the big guys." (Andrea Bernstein, "Who Hillary Clinton Really Helped After 9-11," WNYC, 11/17/15)
In A November Debate, Clinton Bizarrely Claimed That Wall Street Donated To Her Because Of 9/11. HILLARY CLINTON: "Oh, wait a minute, senator. You know, not only do I have hundreds of thousands of donors, most of them small. And I'm very proud that for the first time a majority of my donors are women, 60 percent. So, I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country." (Hillary Clinton, CBS News Democrat Debate, Des Moines, IA, 11/15/15)
- When Questioned About Why 9/11 Justifies Her Acceptance Of Wall Street Donations, Clinton Continued To Claim That Wall Street Donated To Her Because She Helped Them Rebuild. CBS NEWS' NANCY CORDES: "There was a lot of conversation on twitter about guns, but also about your conversation on campaign finance. And Secretary Clinton, one of the tweets we saw said this, 'I've never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now.' The idea being, yes, you were a champion of the community after 9/11, but what does that have to do with taking big donations." HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, I'm sorry that whoever tweeted that had that impression because I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild. So, yes, I did know people. I've had a lot of folks give me donations from all kinds of backgrounds say, I don't agree with you on everything, but I like what you do. I like how you stand up. I'm going to support you, and I think that is absolutely appropriate." (Hillary Clinton, CBS News Democrat Debate, Des Moines, IA, 11/15/15)
Clinton Used The Same Answer A Few Weeks Later, Claiming That She Became "Cozy With Wall Street" Because Of The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. "For the second time, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invoked the terrorist attacks on September 11th as a way to defend herself against critics who say Clinton has become too cozy with Wall Street. In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on CBS 'This Morning,' Clinton argued that the critics who say she's too close to Wall Street hasn't hurt her image or her judgment in running for president. 'I have stood for a lot of regulation on big banks and on the financial services sector,' Clinton said. 'I also represented New York and represented everybody from the dairy farmers you know to the fishermen. Everybody. And so, yes, do I know people and did I, you know, help rebuild after 9/11? Yes, I did.'" (Veronica Stracqualursi, "Hillary Clinton Invokes 9/11 For The 2nd Time In Defending Wall Street Ties Against Critics," ABC News, 12/1/15)
FROM NEW YORK UNIONS TO PROTESTS AT THE MANHATTAN CLINTON FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS, CLINTON CONTINUES TO BE A POLARIZING FIGURE IN HER OWN STATE
The New York Transport Workers Union Local 100 Endorsed Sanders
"The Transport Workers Union Local 100, Which Represents 38,000 Transport Workers And 26,000 Retirees In The New York City Region" Endorsed Sanders. "Bernie Sanders scored an endorsement from a major New York union Wednesday with less than a week before the state's primary. The Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents 38,000 transport workers and 26,000 retirees in the New York City region, endorsed the Vermont senator ahead of Tuesday's New York primary." (Julia Manchester, "New York Transit Workers Union Endorses Bernie Sanders," CNN, 4/13/16)
The Clinton Foundation's New York Headquarters Was Protested After Haiti Relief Money Was Misspent And Some Was Even Missing
Last Year, "Protestors Gathered Outside The Clinton Foundation In New York City To Complain About 'Missing Money' From The Haiti Recovery Effort." "Protesters gathered outside the Clinton Foundation in New York City to complain about 'missing money' from the Haiti recovery effort from the 2010 earthquake: 'New Yorkers with roots in Haiti say the picture [of the Haiti recovery] isn't so rosy,' said the NY1 anchor." (Daniel Halper, "Protesters Gather At Clinton Foundation To Complain Of 'Missing Money' From Haiti Recovery," The Weekly Standard , 1/12/15)
- "The Protesters Claimed That The $10 Billion Meant To Help Rebuild Haiti Did Little To Help The Country After The Devastating Quake." (Daniel Halper, "Protesters Gather At Clinton Foundation To Complain Of 'Missing Money' From Haiti Recovery," The Weekly Standard , 1/12/15)
- People In Haiti "Are Still Living In Very Difficult Conditions, Still Living Under Tents, While Bill Clinton And His Cronies - They Waste This Money," The Protestors Claimed. "'[I]n Harlem, people raised their voices to call attention to the missing money,' said the local New York City reporter. 'This protest outside the offices of the Clinton Foundation, which helped lead the reconstruction fund.' Said one proteser, 'These people, they are still living in very difficult conditions, still living under tents, while Bill Clinton and his cronies--they waste this money.'" (Daniel Halper, "Protesters Gather At Clinton Foundation To Complain Of 'Missing Money' From Haiti Recovery," The Weekly Standard , 1/12/15)
"The Clintons Have Become Prime Targets Of Blame For The Country's Woes." "In widely read blogs, in protests in Port-au-Prince and outside Mrs. Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, and on popular call-in radio shows in Florida, where primaries will be held on Tuesday, the Clintons have become prime targets of blame for the country's woes." (Yamiche Alcindor, "High Hopes For Hillary Clinton, Then Disappointment In Haiti," The New York Times, 3/14/16)
AS THE PRIMARY RACE HEATS UP, CLINTON'S BIGGEST NEW YORK SUPPORTERS HAVE NOT COME TO HER DEFENSE
While Clinton Has Been "Yelling And Screaming" In Response To Sanders, Clinton's Biggest New York Supporters Have Not Come To Her Defense. "'Sanders has forced her into a position where she's had to start yelling and screaming back at him, and there's all kinds of video that will make her look odd or erratic and Republicans will know how to use that material to make her look stupid. And while this has been going on, where are [US Sen. Charles] Schumer, [Gov.] Cuomo, [Reps. Jerrold] Nadler and Steve Israel and others and why didn't they come to her defense?'' the source, who had known both Clintons for many years, said." (Fredric U. Dicker, "New York Democrats Are Slow To Jump To Hillary's Defense," New York Post, 4/18/16)
- Clinton "Was Looking For Black Elected Officials To Speak Out When Bill Clinton Was Attacked" Over The 1994 Crime Bill, But They Did Not Come To Her Defense. "'She was looking for black elected officials to speak out when Bill Clinton was attacked for standing up to the Black Lives Matter people over his anti-gang crime bill, but I didn't see [Reps.] Charlie Rangel and Hakeem Jeffries or [Assemblyman] Keith Wright or [former state Comptroller] Carl McCall rushing to the defense,' noted the source." (Fredric U. Dicker, "New York Democrats Are Slow To Jump To Hillary's Defense," New York Post, 4/18/16)
- Cuomo's Refusal To Defend Clinton Regarding Her Wall Street Speaking Fees Has Been Seen As "Evidence That The State's Democratic Establishment Had Failed To Strongly Rally To Her Side." "Several senior Democrats cited Cuomo's refusal to defend Clinton against Sanders' continuing attacks on her acceptance of more than $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews after Thursday night's angry debate, as evidence that the state's Democratic establishment had failed to strongly rally to her side." (Fredric U. Dicker, "New York Democrats Are Slow To Jump To Hillary's Defense," New York Post, 4/18/16)
DESPITE ADVERTISING HERSELF AS A NEW YORKER, CLINTON'S ATTEMPTS TO RELATE TO NEW YORK VOTERS HAVE PROVEN TO BE A "DISASTER"
Clinton Attempted To Ride The Subway In A Publicity Stunt, Showing Just How Out Of Touch She Is
While Attempting To Get On The New York Subway, "It Took Clinton Five Swipes To Get Through The Turnstile." "Clinton came to the train with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and an extensive security detail. From the start, things didn't go as planned. It took Clinton five swipes just to get through the turnstile (three more swipes than stops in Clinton's actual ride)." (#MemeOfTheWeek: Hillary Clinton, The New York Subway, And Authenticity," NPR, 4/9/16)
Clinton Rode Only Two Stops, And Interfered With Commuters' Travel. "Clinton rode two stops uptown. At the second, one woman, surrounded by media and nervous Secret Service agents, proclaimed that she needed to get off the train. There was no budging, though, and the woman missed her stop." (Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Rides The Subway, New Yorkers Unfazed," CNN, 4/7/16)
The Subway "Presents Perhaps The Most Daunting Challenge For An Out-Of-Town Politician Seeking To Win Votes." "Yet it is the city's subway system, with its sprawling map, express and local trains, unanticipated service changes and sick passenger delays, that presents perhaps the most daunting challenge for an out-of-town politician seeking to win votes with a single ride." (J. David Goodman, "Hillary Clinton's MetroCard Adventure: Swipe. Wince. Repeat." The New York Times , 4/7/16)
- Clinton's Experience Showed That "The Daily Challenge Of Riding A Transit System That Can Be Imposing If Not Impenetrable For Outsiders" Is Especially Challenging For Her. "Mrs. Clinton's foray on the No. 4 train, then, was apparently calculated to contrast her understanding of the city's transportation system with that of Mr. Sanders. Instead, it immediately became more of an Everyman event than Mrs. Clinton had anticipated, plunging her into the daily challenge of riding a transit system that can be imposing if not impenetrable for outsiders, and a tolerated hassle for average riders." (J. David Goodman, "Hillary Clinton's MetroCard Adventure: Swipe. Wince. Repeat." The New York Times , 4/7/16)
Clinton Participated In A Racially Insensitive Skit With New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, Earning Scorn And Criticism From New Yorkers And Beyond
In A Planned Skit, Clinton Took Part In A Racist Joke In Which New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Who Said He "Was Running On C.P. Time." "The incident took place at New York's Inner Circle dinner Saturday with local politicians and reporters. Clinton and de Blasio were joined on stage by Leslie Odom Jr., one of the stars in the Broadway show 'Hamilton.' In the skit, Clinton complained about how long it took de Blasio to endorse her presidential campaign, saying: 'I just have to say, thanks for the endorsement, Bill. It took you long enough.' 'Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,' de Blasio responded. Odom, who is black, responded, 'I don't like jokes like that, Bill.' 'Cautious politician time,' Clinton interjected. 'I've been there.'" (Jesse Byrnes, "De Blasio Defends Racial Joke With Clinton," The Hill, 4/12/16)
Following Backlash, De Blasio Stood By The Joke, Saying That He Is "Pretty Comfortable With It." ANCHOR: "I cringed, and a lot of people have cringed. Obviously C.P. time is 'People of Colored Time' but with the C and the P switched around. Why not just apologize, why not just say we shouldn't have done the joke?" MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: "It's a satire, the whole show was a satire. I was mocking myself. I'm sorry. Look, I take full responsibility. Somebody else wrote the script but I approved it. So I just think sometimes there's a place for satire in this world, and that's what this was." ANCHOR: "If you had to do it over again, would you do it?" DE BLASIO: "I'm pretty comfortable with it. It was meant to be a joke on the way we speak. It was obviously not meant to offend anyone. And it was part of a show that was filled with satire making fun of elected officials, making fun of our normal political discourse." (MSNBC's "All In," 4/12/16)
But New Yorkers Panned The Clinton-De Blasio Racist Joke As Being "In Very Poor Taste," "Bull Crap," And Insensitive. NEWS 12 THE BRONX'S DEXTER HENRY: "The racially charged joke based on the stereotype regarding African Americans running late has caused a storm of controversy surrounding both politicians. De Blasio defended the joke in a CNN appearance Monday night." MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: "Hillary Clinton and Leslie Odom Jr. thought it was a joke on a different convention, that was the whole idea of it. So I think that people are missing the point here." HENRY: "While de Blasio thinks that those who have criticized his comments are missing the point… have told me that the mayor doesn't get it." INTERVIEW 1: "I think it was in very poor taste. In this day and age, 2016, especially when we have a black president, after all we've been through, and all we've been through to get where we are, he should just show some respect." INTERVIEW 2: "I think it's bull crap. Number one. I do think he meant colored people time. I do appreciate the statement on apologizing, but I mean let's be honest, he meant what he said." INTERVIEW 3: "When you're a politician and you're working on serving the people, you should be more sensitive and think out how other people is going to feel about what your statements are going to be." ( News 12 The Bronx, 4/12/16)
MSNBC's Chris Matthews: The Clinton-De Blasio Joke "Was A Disaster." MSNBC'S CHRIS MATTHEWS: "I'm joined by another strong voice New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has clearly endorsed… Wow, by the way, whoever writes your jokes up there, get a new joke writer. The C.P. time, all that stuff was a disaster, it was a disaster." (MSNBC's " Hard Ball With Chris Matthews," 4/11/16)
Throughout Her Career, Clinton Has Supported Whichever Baseball Team Has Suited Her Political Interests At The Time
As First Lady, Clinton Advertised Herself As A Life-Long Cubs Fan And Was Called A "Genuine Cubs Fan." "First came the boos when the first lady, who grew up a Cubs fan in suburban Park Ridge, was introduced over the public address system. Then a hand-lettered sign sprang up reading, 'Hillary IS the crisis.' And, finally a plane flying overhead with the trailer reading, 'Hillary, U have the right to remain silent,' a reference to her legal woes in the Whitewater affair. Like the genuine Cubs fan that she is, Clinton managed to ignore this reality and declare, 'The fans here have been on great behavior. Are you kidding? Almost refined.'" (Ellen Warren, "Boo-tiful Day At Old Ballpark, The Chicago Tribune, 4/5/94)
While Running For Senate, Clinton Said That "She'd 'Always Been A Yankees Fan.'" "Later, Clinton asserted that she'd 'always been a Yankees fan.' Couric correctly challenged her, saying she thought the first lady, a native of Illinois, was a Chicago Cubs fan. 'I am a Cubs fan,' Clinton said. 'But I needed an American League team . . . so as a young girl, I became very interested and enamored of the Yankees.'" (Frank Ahrens, "Hillary Clinton Toasts 'Home' Team," The Washington Post, 6/11/99)
In Recent Days On The 2016 Campaign Trail, Clinton Has Taken Opportunities To Pose With Mets Memorabilia. "Hillary Clinton posed with a front page celebrating the Mets World Series win during her visit to the New York Daily News." (Nicole Hensley, "SNL Mocks Hillary Clinton's NYC Cred During Candidate's Big Apple Visit," New York Daily News, 4/10/16)
(Robert Sabo, New York Daily News)
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