Election 2020

That Awkward Moment in 2008 When Hillary Clinton Mused About Assassination

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After the ridiculous dust-up over Donald Trump’s remarks about “Second Amendment people” (you can read the New Yorker hyperventilating about it here), let’s all hop in the Wayback Machine and see what Hillary Clinton cheerily said regarding Barack Obama during her losing campaign against the nobody from Illinois back in 2008:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defended staying in the Democratic nominating contest on Friday by pointing out that her husband had not wrapped up the nomination until June 1992, adding, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

Well, those of us who weren’t born yesterday certainly remembered, and understood the point Hillary was trying to make. Because she actually used the word, “assassination,” for starters. But the media quickly covered for her:

Her remarks were met with quick criticism from the campaign of Senator Barack Obama, and within hours of making them Mrs. Clinton expressed regret, saying, “The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days because of Senator Kennedy,” referring to the recent diagnosis of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s brain tumor. She added, “And I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive.”

Campaign aides were taken aback by the quick reaction to her remarks, but then quickly realized that Mrs. Clinton had to backpedal. She then spoke to the traveling press corps for the first time in more than a week, at a supermarket here.

“Earlier today I was discussing the Democratic primary history and in the course of that discussion mentioned the campaigns that both my husband and Senator Kennedy waged in California in June, in 1992 and 1968,” she said. “And I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nomination primary contests that go into June. That’s a historic fact.”

And what, exactly, were Trump’s words?

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although, the Second Amendment people—maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Somehow, the media and the #neverTrumpumpkins are now mind-readers.