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Failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom some say lost the 2016 race in part because of the disdain she’d aimed at so-called “deplorables,” has accused armed lockdown protesters in Michigan of perpetrating “domestic terrorism.”
And in doing so, she’s added credence to the emerging theory by notable voices such as Rolling Stone magazine’s Matt Taibbi that “Democrats have abandoned civil liberties.”
“Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism. It cannot be tolerated,” Clinton wrote in a ratioed tweet Friday afternoon.
She posted the tweet two weeks after armed lockdown protesters swarmed the state capitol to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s widely panned decision to extend the state’s economically devastating and draconian stay-at-home order.
The governor’s order is so tyrannical that even Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has described it as “fascist” in nature. But Clinton clearly disagrees.
View her tweet below:
Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism. It cannot be tolerated.https://t.co/NcCFgA5COE
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 15, 2020
The tweet linked to a seemingly unrelated Newsweek article about how Michigan had closed its capitol building and canceled its legislative session on Thursday because of “online death threats” from several Facebook groups.
The article was posted hours after armed demonstrators gathered outside the shuttered-capitol to again protest Whitmer’s increasingly authoritarian “power grabs.”
Clinton’s tweet drew a chorus of dissenting voices, with a number of Americans flummoxed by her willingness to disparage fellow Americans for practicing their First Amendment right to assemble peacefully and Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Hillary only calls peaceful, law-abiding US citizens “terrorists.”
Islamic Militants who stormed our embassy and butchered innocent Americans in Benghazi?
They were “protesters” angry about a YouTube video.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 15, 2020
Wrong, Hillary. It’s not domestic terrorism. It’s actually our Second Amendment right.
— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 15, 2020
You know the entire point of the 2nd amendment was so that government officials would be scared if they were overstepping their boundaries right?
— Stop Making Sense (@Talkinghead2017) May 15, 2020
People like YOU are why the founding fathers put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution.
— Larkyfarken™ Noir (@TheLarkyfarken) May 15, 2020
On the contrary, this is literally what our founders had in mind when they wrote both 1A & 2A, you absolute swamp hag.
— The Red-Headed Libertarian ™ (@TRHLofficial) May 16, 2020
I see a bunch of concerned citizens warning their government that they will not tolerate said government’s further tyranny.
— E (@ETSchirm) May 16, 2020
I think your confused about the definition of terrorism…. These men are exercising their rights i see no threats… Not to mention that none of these protests with ppl who open carry not 1 shot has been fired
— Stoned Conservative (@StonedConserva1) May 15, 2020
That’s what the British said about those pesky colonialists. Seems the king thought of people wanting to be free and securing that freedom from tyrannical government was terrorism too. pic.twitter.com/rPpVErL438
— Darth Jar Jar (@Darthjarjar7787) May 16, 2020
It is not domestic terrorism, Hillary. It’s called a protest. You’re just proving that you have no respect for the First or Second amendment which we already knew.
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) May 15, 2020
In the latter tweet, California congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine, a Republican, accused Clinton of not respecting the U.S. Constitution.
According to award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine, this disdain for America’s founding principles seems to extend to all Democrats.
As evidence, he pointed not only to the Democrat Party’s response to coronavirus lockdown protests, but also the party’s response to the clear-cut abuses committed against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“Democrats clearly believe constituents will forgive them for abandoning constitutional principles, so long as the targets of official inquiry are figures like Flynn or Paul Manafort or Trump himself,” he wrote.
“In the process, they’ve raised a generation of followers whose contempt for civil liberties is now genuine-to-permanent. Blue-staters have gone from dismissing constitutional concerns as Trumpian ruse to sneering at them, in the manner of French aristocrats, as evidence of proletarian mental defect.”
Clinton certainly does act like an aristocrat — a hypocritical one, to boot.
“Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to the Covid-19 crisis, where the almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish,” Taibbi continued.
“The aftereffects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive emergency measures and the problems some ‘dumb’ Americans have had accepting them.”
Why have Democrats abandoned civil liberties in the Trump era? https://t.co/NnIPwsuDEt
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 15, 2020
And so it isn’t surprising that Clinton has joined other Democrats (and the media) in trying to stamp out peaceful protests against what even FNC’s Judge Andrew Napolitano has described as “fascist” policies.
And to be clear, despite threats from obscure individuals on the Internet, the protests in Michigan — and elsewhere across the country — have been wholly peaceful.
Ironically, the same may not be said of the pro-Clinton protesters who lashed out violently after she lost the presidential election four years ago …
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