October 10, 2018
If you're looking for respect from the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton says you've come to the wrong place. In a damaging sit-down with CNN, the former First Lady didn't do the Left any favors when she insisted that liberals should only act decently when they're winning. (Something her interview may have just put on hold indefinitely.)
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton said to the gasps of plenty in her own party. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that's when civility can start again." But given what we've seen over the last two years I don't think the Left is even capable of civility at this point! We've seen leftists call for the assassination of the president, Brett Kavanaugh, and issued death threats to Senate Republicans. And instead of condemning the aggression, one of the faces of the Democratic Party is encouraging more of it.
"Seriously, Hillary?" tweeted House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who barely survived a shooting that was inspired by the kind of hostility Hillary is advocating. There is absolutely no place, Scalise has said, "for violence or threats in our political discourse." But as far as Clinton is concerned, these shootings, flash mobs, arrests, and threats are the price of controlling Congress.
For Kelley Paul, and other high-profile Republican spouses, it's a price that no American family should have to pay. In an open letter to Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) -- the man who urged liberals to "get up in the face of congresspeople" -- she explains that she has to keep a loaded gun by her pillow, because of some in Booker's party who've done a lot more than get up in her husband's face. They've leaked her personal address to people who have no intention of playing nice.
"It's nine o'clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff's car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand's cell number, on the internet -- all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life."
"In the last 18 months," Kelley writes, "our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level." She ends the letter by asking Senator Booker to retract his statement, to "condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials' personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families." He never replied.
Instead, Kelley listened -- with every other American -- as another Democrat issued her own license for violence. "When you're dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interests who want a government that does its bidding... you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections," Hillary said. It was an incredible statement, since almost everything she said applied exclusively to Democrats.
Wasn't it a lust for power that drove Senate liberals to leak a month-old letter to the press -- against Dr. Christine Ford's wishes -- to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation? Hasn't it been corporate America who's done the Left's bidding on liberal social policies like gender-free bathrooms, open borders, religious censorship, and the national anthem? Isn't it Silicon Valley that's working behind the scenes to suppress the conservative voice, while places like Google vow to "use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance" progressive values?
Hillary did get one thing right: you have to win elections. But in times like these, the message of "more incivility" is hardly the way to go about it. "She told CNN exactly how she views millions of Americans who hold different political views than her own," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. "No peace until they get their way? More of these unhinged tactics? Apparently, these are the Left's rallying cries."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.