‘This is low, even for you’: Hillary Clinton uses record coronavirus deaths to bash Trump, gets virtual punches herself
As of Friday, the United States has recorded more than 94,000 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, passing out China and Italy. More than 1,400 Americans have died, hospitals are approaching capacity, and a record 3.3 million workers have filed for unemployment.
As the US passed this grim milestone, former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the opportunity not to send Americans a message of hope or solidarity, but to mock President Trump.
“He did promise ‘America First,’” Clinton quipped on Twitter, referring to one of Trump’s campaign slogans.
He did promise "America First." https://t.co/bzks3hqCUE— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2020
Clinton was immediately set upon for her lowbrow shot. “Not the first time you’ve laughed as Americans died,” Conservative pundit Jack Posobiec replied, referring to the time Clinton – then secretary of state chuckled during congressional testimony, as Republicans grilled her on her actions while a US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by jihadists. Four Americans died in the attack.
Not the first time you've laughed as Americans died— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 27, 2020
“This is some low bullsh*t...even for you,” comedian and author Tim Young tweeted. The hate flowed in on Twitter, with a mostly conservative group of commentators ripping Clinton apart for her “horrible,” “despicable” and “cruel” jibe.
Wow. Gleefully boasting thousands dead, families broken, millions of unemployed claims, and widespread suffering just to own Drumpf. My god. This is despicable.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) March 27, 2020
WTF did the virus pay you $400k for a speech or something?— Raheem Kassam 😷 (@RaheemKassam) March 27, 2020
And to think, people thought you were cold, cruel and only cared about your craven political ambitions. But here... here you show some real, genuine empathy at a time when your own state is in the grip of a deadly pandemic. Good for you.— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) March 27, 2020
Clinton is not the only commentator accusing Trump of mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic. However, speculating on how things might have been under a different administration is largely guesswork. That didn’t stop the Washington Post from publishing an op-ed earlier this week claiming “this wouldn’t have happened if Hillary had won.”
New York State – Clinton’s adopted home – is the hardest-hit in America by the Covid-19 outbreak. Still, for the presidential also-ran, and for some of her ilk in the media, a national crisis is seemingly still an opportunity to take cheap shots at Trump.
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