6 Times Hillary Clinton Whined About the 2016 Election in Her Yale Commencement Speech
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton gave the graduation speech for Yale College, a speech with no fewer than six not-so-veiled complaints about her loss in the 2016 election to Donald Trump.
"Let me just get this over with, by the way. No, I’m not over it," Clinton declared at one point during the speech. Talk about an understatement. Her resentment pulsed from the entire address. Yale is her alma mater, where she went to law school, and yet it seems she had more to say about Trump and the 2016 election than she did about Yale or its graduating class.
Here are six particularly memorable gripes.
1. Congratulations ... to delinquent voters
After thanking the college for inviting her, Clinton began her speech by congratulating the Yale class of 2018. Even in this, she slipped in a disparaging remark about the voters who failed to get her elected.
"Most of all, congratulations to the Class of 2018. I am thrilled for all of you, even the three of you who live in Michigan and didn't cast your absentee ballots in time," the former presidential candidate quipped.
Were this the only remark about the election, it could be discounted as a joke. Alas, it was but the first of a long train wreck of petty sore loser accusations.
2. The hat
Referencing the hats at the graduation ceremony, Clinton said, "So I brought a hat too, a Russian hat, right?"
She pulled out a black ushanka with the iconic hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union and held it up in her left hand. Raising it to her head, Clinton could not quite bring herself to put it on.
"I mean, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," she quipped.
Ironically, her own connections to Russia — in the Uranium One scandal — seem to outweigh those of Trump's campaign. Even the most prominent piece of "evidence" for Trump-Russia collusion — the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya — has an odd connection with Fusion GPS, the notorious opposition research firm responsible for the Trump-Russia dossier paid for by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
3. "It was the worst of times"
Clinton quoted the opening lines of Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities:" "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity."
"Dickens was writing about the years leading up to the French Revolution, but he could have been describing the ricocheting highs and lows of this moment in America," Clinton declared. "We're living through a time when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, even facts and reason, are under assault like never before."