Throughout the presidential campaign, Clinton was criticised for exercising a degree of emotional self-control that looked cold and inauthentic, while Trump’s volatility was taken as evidence that he meant what he said and really cared. Lately, however, Democrats have been provoked to condemn the president with a passion some on the left warn is becoming “uncivil”. I’m curious to know what Clinton thinks of this.
“Oh, give me a break,” she erupts, eyes widening into indignation. “Give me a break! What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away? It should be met with resolve and strength. And if some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children’s lives are at stake; their futures are at stake. That is that ridiculous concept of bothsideism.” She adopts a mockingly prim voice. “‘Well, you know, somebody made an insulting, profane remark about President Trump, and he separated 2,300 children from their families, that’s both sides, and we should stop being uncivil – oh and, by the way, he should stop separating children.’ Give me a break, really,” she growls, rolling her eyes. “I mean, this is a crisis of his making that will damage kids for no good reason at all, and I think everybody should be focused on that until the children are reunited.”
Meanwhile, Clinton’s apparently been raising money ($1.5 million, in fact) to provide “lawyers, interpreters, experienced social workers, [and] psychologists” for people impacted by cruel child separation policies.1
But, y’know. Her emails.
- Also, did I ever mention my grandmother was kidnapped from her family and grew up held hostage in an orphanage in order to punish her father, who was considered a class enemy by the state? Because that totally happened. And you’d better believe Granny never really got over the experience, either. [↩]