Today’s paragraphs come to us from Hillary Clinton, and were voiced during yesterday’s interview on National Public Radio (NPR).
This is what Ms. Clinton had to say about Bernie Sanders, his supporters, and how much she “won” th election by:
“I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be nominee] to be so off base. He’s not even a Democrat.…
“I did well across the country. I won by 4 million votes. That’s a landslide. I won, really, by March and April.…
“He and his followers’ attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally.
“And, you know, I really regret that. But now he’s got a chance to prove that he’s something other than a spoiler. And that is to help other Democrats. And I don’t know if he will or not, but I’m hoping he will.”
That, folks, is a perfect example of Hillary at her, er, best.
Let’s go through it, piece by piece:
-The first part is partially correct. When Senator Bernie Sanders ran for President, he was a Democrat. But, although he caucused with Democrats, he was not a registered member of the Democrat party until deciding to run.
-The next part is total BS from start to finish:
…Let’s start with the fact that Hillary Clinton did not “win” by any amount of votes, because presidential elections are not won by national popular vote, they are won by electoral vote, as determined by the popular vote of each individual state.
…Next, let’s note that she’ is over a million votes off on the final vote total: Clinton did not get 4 million more votes than Trump, the difference was 2,864,974.
…Now, let’s remember that the only reason for that disparity is that Donald Trump, knowing he was going to lose California and New York, virtually ignored them throughout the campaign. California gave Clinton 4,269,978 more votes than Trump and New York gave her 1,736,590 more votes – a total of over 6 million votes right there. If there were a national popular vote, is there any doubt that Trump – unworried about the state totals – would have gone hot and heavy in California and New York? And that it could have significantly affected the vote total?
…This, of course, is before we get to the fact that, the difference in vote totals, 2.1%, was nowhere close to a landslide and that elections are not won in March and April.
-Hillary Clinton, Ms. “Basket of Deplorables”, complaining about other people’s personal attacks? Please. Here is just one example of her personal attacks on Sanders. And there’s plenty more where that came from.
-Bernie Sanders was a “spoiler”? Spoilers don’t win 23 primaries. Serious competitors do. And, it can be argued (correctly, in my opinion) the only reason he didn’t do even better was that the game was so stacked in Hillary Clinton’s favor by her pals Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile.
I award Hillary Clinton Quote Of The Day “honors” for showing us, with crystal clarity, what a dishonest, whining crybaby she is, and why, regardless of what I think about Donald Trump, I am so happy she is not our President.
UPDATE & CORRECTION: As pointed out by commenter Steve, Ms. Clinton’s remarks were not about the presidential race, they were about the primary competition between her and Bernie Sanders. So her numbers, while still slightly exaggerated (the difference was 3.7 million) are reasonably correct.
That said, Sanders was a Democrat when he ran against her, and her people stacked the deck against him. The fact that she lost 23 primaries to an opponent who only became a Democrat the year before is not a comment on his weakness, it is a comment on hers.
Everything else stands as it is.