A self-described middle-class female millennial — someone you would assume to be a huge Clinton supporter — made an astute observation in an open letter: Her campaign ii’s all style over substance — it’s all show and no go. And it’s overflowing with hypocrisy.
That person, National Review Online reporter Katherine Timpf tweeted:
— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) May 5, 2015
Timpf’s letter is going viral after being picked up by other new media outlets.
Since at least October, Clinton’s campaign has been promoted by one idea — that America is ready for a a female president, according to CBS News.
But is that really the standard? We went through that in 2008 with “America is ready for a black president.” Where did that get us?
As for the “style,” Timpf observed that as “someone who has had her own appearance scrutinized on the Internet, I must say that I find the ‘hair icon’ and ‘pantsuit aficionado’ descriptions in your Twitter bio to be very funny and smart.”
But getting to the nitty-gritty — the substance of her campaign — Timpf took issue with Clinton’s sudden reversal of her previous “law and order” stance when she was first lady. Clinton now claims it’s “time to end the era of mass incarceration.”
Now, I do agree with that statement — and I don’t mean to be all judgies or whatever — but I gotta say I was pretty surprised to hear it coming from you. After all, your record seems to suggest that you do think that locking people up is the answer. During your time as First Lady, while Bill was enacting policies that provided funding to build more prisons and pushed states to adopt harsher sentencing laws, you cheered him on.
You made sure everyone knew that this “tough on crime” approach wasn’t just your husband’s — it was yours, too. During a speech in 1994, you said we need “more prisons” (why would you want more if you thought they did “little to reduce crime”?) and “more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders” (people like Freddie Gray, whose plight you now suddenly seem to sympathize with).
Timpf noted that Clinton called for all police officers to wear body cameras in the interest of “transparency and accountability,” yet the former secretary of state is less than transparent and accountable to the American people herself.
You also talked about wanting body cameras for police to record their every move, for the sake of “transparency and accountability.” I love this idea. Imagine being able to watch every single move that these officers make just to make sure that the people we trust with so much are serving us the way that they promised they would.
Honestly, transparency sounds wonderful to me and to so many in my generation who are fed up with finding out that politician after politician has been lying to us and keeping secrets. I have to ask, though, if you want cops to turn over camera footage of every single moment of their shifts, why did you turn over only some of your emails from your time as secretary of state? What is the difference?
Twitter users congratulated Timpf on her letter, and wisher her luck on getting any kind of an answer from Clinton — let alone a straight one.
— National Review (@NRO) May 5, 2015
— Joe Citizen (@Cantkillrspirit) May 5, 2015
@NRO Good Lord, that image is frightening.
— wyclif ن (@wyclif) May 5, 2015
@NRO I see Hillary has a pen, but where are her FIVE phones? I’m sure she needs to send a few emails.
— Marianne Cowger (@mcowgerFL) May 6, 2015
— Captain Spaulding (@A_Devils_Reject) May 6, 2015
Timpf didn’t begin to cover the Benghazi debacle, the decision to have complete control over her official emails while secretary of state and the unanswered “Clinton Cash” questions.
Maybe the presumed Democratic presidential nominee isn’t as “presumed” as originally thought.
Bernie Sanders, anyone?
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