In addition to blaming “angry” voters for her defeat in the 2016 election, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is calling her supporters to form a “sacred resistance” against her rival, President Donald Trump.
During “An Evening with Hillary Clinton to Benefit Camp Olmsted,” on Thursday, the former first lady took the opportunity to relaunch her blame-game on Trump and his devotees, making her discussion on faith before a Manhattan Church appear more like an anti-Trump retribution tour.
Still shows up
Clinton was originally slated to discuss her new book, Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, with the author – her Methodist pastor, Rev. Bill Shillady – but numerous instances of plagiarism forced her publisher to pull the book from shelves. As a family friend, he based the devotional on emails he wrote to Clinton from April 2015 through last December.
“Shillady described his emails as a way to minister to a candidate in perpetual motion,” CNN reported. “The pastor and politician formed a spiritual bond after meeting in New York in 2002. Shillady co-officiated at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, presided over Clinton's mother's memorial service and blessed her grandchildren. Clinton is a lifelong Methodist.”
Clinton wrote the forward for her now-pulled book, which is now notorious for barely making it to the shelf.
“Shillady holds the copyright on the book, which includes 11 pages of end notes crediting some source material,” CNN’s Daniel Burke informed. “But it does not credit one source from which an especially emotional devotion borrowed heavily: a blog post by the Rev. Matthew Deuel, a pastor at Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana.”
The Methodist minister’s apology for supposedly unknowingly copying Deuel’s work was too little, too late to save the book.
“Shillady described rising at 4 a.m. on the morning after Clinton lost the presidential election to write the devotion, [but] he did not mention borrowing material for it, which is listed first in his soon-to-be published book,” Burke added. “Shillady apologized, saying he was ‘stunned’ by the similarities between his email to Clinton and Deuel's column. In a text message, Deuel said he and Shillady talked [last month] and that he had accepted Shillady's apology.”
Change in game plan …
The anticipated fundraising even had to retool its promotion efforts.
“Each ticket was to include a copy of the book, but ticket holders received refunds for that part of the ticket for the event at Riverside Church,” Breitbart reported. “Shillady was not in attendance and was replaced by Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, but while Clinton was not promoting Shillady’s book and spent much of the roughly 35-minute discussion talking about her faith and how it affected her post-election demeanor, she did promote her own upcoming campaign post-mortem book, What Happened, and mentioned it multiple times.”
Not seizing the opportunity to turn over a new positive leaf after her latest election loss, Clinton subjected those in attendance to her revamped blame game – this time crediting angry voters for losing to Trump.
“I knew there were people who were angry and people who had resentments,” Clinton recounted, according to Breitbart. “I understood that and could see that. But I couldn’t believe – and I’m just not wired to think – that the best way for a leader to bring people together and solve problems is to stoke that anger and to feed that resentment.”
Speaking over the audience’s applause, Obama’s former secretary of state insisted that anger such as hers is often justified, but conceded that her leadership was simply not enough for angry detractors – quite possibly those very Trump supporters she previously coined as a “basket of deplorables” on the 2016 campaign trail.
“I think the kind of leadership I was offering was not satisfying enough for certain people, and it wasn’t enough for me to say, ‘Look, I understand, and here’s what I want to do to help’ if I didn’t display more anger so that they could feel I got their anger,” Clinton qualified at the Thursday event. “And I feel that is a legitimate question about what happened in that campaign in 2016 and something I struggled with because I don’t think anger is a strategy. It is certainly justified in the face of what we see oftentimes in our society, but I think leaders – whether it’s in church or in politics – should be looking for ways to find common ground, or even higher ground, and not to create scapegoats and stoke hatred, bigotry, and prejudice, and the like.”
When pressed about what she would suggest to “people of faith” who feel called to pursue their anti-Trump efforts, Clinton directed them to the Gaines-Cirelli strategy by calling protesters to join a “sacred resistance” – which is merely a church-based campaign designed to counter Trump’s conservative policies.
“For people of faith, that is one way to conceptualize how you can be active on behalf of causes – on behalf of people who need your voice and your support,” Clinton offered, noting that her new PAC, Onward Together, is structured around it. “Through Onward Together … [we want to help] find the next generation of concerned citizens, activists, organizers, to give them funding, to give them guidance, because we need a lot of activity at the grassroots level. We need people in every community standing up and speaking out. There is so much to be concerned about. Yes, I am okay, but I am worried. I am worried that we face a continuing deliberate effort to undermine our values and our institutions as Americans, and it is something we cannot stay silent about or be on the sidelines about.”
Adopting a military-themed campaign to overcome the rival to whom she already lost, Clinton incited those in attendance to “resist, insist, persist and enlist” against the president.
Besides angry Republicans, Clinton used her first television interview since the November election to blame the so-called “sexism” and “misogyny” adopted by voters as agents of her devastating loss at the ballot box.
“I started the campaign knowing that I would have to work extra hard to make women and men feel comfortable with the idea of a woman president,” Clinton told CBS last week, according to the Washington Times. “It doesn’t fit into the — the stereotypes we all carry around in our head. And a lot of the sexism and the misogyny was in service of these attitudes. Like, you know, ‘We really don’t want a woman commander in chief.’”
Still unapologetic about her “basket of deplorables” designation to Trump supporters, Clinton insisted that Trump’s actions and the indifference of his backers are really “deplorable” to her.
“Well, I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner,” Clinton continued. “I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior, as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star.”
Yet she did concede that her biggest mistake had to do with the scandal revolving around her private email server.
“Oh, I think the most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email,” she admitted.