Hillary Clinton arrived in regal fashion Tuesday to discuss race relations at an all-black church—in St. Louis, 10 months after Americans started seeing race riots in neighboring Ferguson on their nightly news.
The Daily Mail reported that Robert Nettles, a longtime friend of Michael Brown—the 18-year-old black man who was killed by former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson last August— chided Clinton for her tardiness.
“Where you been, Hillary?” he said. “It’s been 10 months, girl!”
After landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on a large private jet, Clinton was whisked away from a private part of the field far from the passenger terminal for her 10-minute van trip to Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant.
In her speech, Clinton fanned the flames of racial divide, 850 miles distant from Charleston, S.C., where a deranged racist killed nine blacks at a Bible study last week.
“I know it’s tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today’s America bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists,” Clinton said.
“But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished. We can’t hide from hard truths about race and justice. We have to name them, own them and change them.”
As for the latest movement to ban the Confederate flag from public display, Clinton said South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley was right to call for the flag’s removal from the state capitol grounds.
“It shouldn’t fly there,” Clinton said. “It shouldn’t fly anywhere.”
With a heaping helping of irony, eBay sellers are making a fortune in online auctions of items featuring the Confederate flag, with one 2008 Clinton campaign button put out by “Arkansas Travelers” selling for $500.
Both former President Bill Clinton and Hillary have extensively used and promoted the Confederate flag. While Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, he signed a bill reaffirming that one of the stars on the Arkansas state flag commemorates its Confederate past.
After the speech, Clinton attended a $2,700-per-person fundraiser hosted by an Anheuser-Busch heiress at a wildlife preserve once owned by former Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s family, according to The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail spoke to several residents who weren’t buying Clinton’s rhetoric.
One man, who asked only to be identified as Christopher, criticized her for ignoring the area until she began her presidential run.
“It just ain’t enough for someone to drop into the community when it’s time to collect money and votes,” he said.
LaKeisha Jones, a single mother in her 30s, agreed.
“That goes for all of them. If you ain’t been with us when it matters, don’t think we gonna be with you when it’s important to you,” she said.
Nettles said Hillary’s act so far isn’t fooling anyone.
“Hillary could do it,” he said. “But she’s – I really think she’ll have to really reach out to the community. For real, I mean. Not one of these TV speeches where she pretends to be one of us.”
For Clinton’s ham-fisted campaign, TV speeches and pretending to understand average Americans whose lives she knows so little about is the best she can do.
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