Rashida Tlaib attended a campaign rally for Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa Friday night. She participated in a panel discussion that included her sister squad members Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Ilhan Omar. During their discussion, Hillary Clinton’s name came up and Tlaib took the opportunity to boo her from the stage.
The panel moderator, Dionna Langford, is a Des Moines school board member. She teed it up for Tlaib, frankly. She brought up the fact that Hillary trashed Bernie recently as someone that nobody likes. Then she said, “We’re not gonna boo, we’re not gonna boo. We’re classy here.” She had to have known that Tlaib would do exactly that.
“No, I’ll boo. Boo!” Tlaib, who was seated onstage next to laughing Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., interrupted. “You all know, I can’t be quiet. No, we’re going to boo. That’s alright. The haters will shut up on Monday when we win.”
Of course, she was going to boo. Tlaib has no filter and is known for her crude outbursts. Remember during her celebration of being sworn into office that she told her supporters “We’re going to impeach the m*****f*****”. If she was quick to do that in public on that day, she certainly would have no problem booing Hillary after Clinton’s ugly remarks about Bernie. Most of the squad has endorsed Bernie in the primary (Rep. Ayanna Pressley endorsed Elizabeth Warren. There is a Massachusetts connection.)
— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) February 1, 2020
Bernie and Hillary have a lot of bad blood between them. That’s not news. Hillary’s trash talking of Bernie so recently, though, just adds fuel to the fire that she is unable to accept the fact that she is not on the debate stage with the rest of the candidates. She even said she still has the urge to run again. She said that the BernieBros culture attacks women. In Hillary’s world, any time a woman doesn’t reach a goal she works for, it’s because of sexism.
So, with four outspoken women on stage in support of Bernie – the moderator wrote an op-ed in support of Bernie for the Iowa Starting Line – it was a reminder of accusations of how the DNC rigged the 2016 primary for Hillary. Bernie is having a moment and it is causing the more moderate wing of the party to panic. Hillary fans were not amused by Tlaib’s booing.
So just like a #MAGA rally, then?
Not booing Trump, booing the woman he stole the White House from. How incalculably disappointing from women l otherwise respect. It is always disheartening to witness women who claim to be progressive parroting GOP talking points. https://t.co/bq4o4OW240
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 1, 2020
You guys might need some of those Hillary voters later. In the general and in your own careers as legislators.
Also: could our elected officials show some of the leadership qualities they always campaign on? This means all of you. https://t.co/hlaZ3kXBxe
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 1, 2020
You’d think after Hillary stepped in it over her remarks of Bernie recently which brought so much backlash from other Democrats that she had to swallow her pride and backtrack that she’d be a bit more cautious in her remarks now. But, no. She did it again.
On Friday, Hillary was interviewed on Emily Tisch Sussman’s podcast “Your Primary Playlist.” She spoke about the 2016 Democrat convention and bashed not only Bernie but his supporters, too. His supporters were rightfully angry that Bernie was not treated well by the DNC and Hillary is suddenly now a voice for unity, apparently. Sanders’ supporters weren’t interested in party unity back then and she is holding a grudge.
Clinton said some of the behavior of Sanders’ supporters at the Democratic National Convention that year was “very distressing,” specifically mentioning how speakers Rep. John Lewis and then first lady Michelle Obama were booed.
“All the way up until the end, a lot of people highly identified with his campaign were urging people to vote third party, urging people not to vote,” she said.
She called it a contrast to how Democrats united after her loss to then Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 primary, when she said she did 100 events for the eventual president.
Hillary even acknowledged how united Republican voters are for President Trump’s re-election and there is a bit of panic as she realizes that some “caring, smart, concerned Americans” may not unite to vote for the Democrat choice. In Hillary’s world, Trump supporters are not caring, smart, or concerned, you know.
She told Sussman she thinks the Democratic Party is “light years” better than the Republican Party, “but just look at the price we paid for a Trump presidency.”
Clinton said she can’t imagine how any “caring, smart, concerned American” who identifies on the party’s left would want four more years of “destructive” President Trump.
“That cannot happen again,” she added. “I don’t care who the nominee is. I don’t care. As long as it’s somebody who can win, and as long as it’s somebody who understands politics is the art of addition, not subtraction.”
Pretty ironic that Hillary Clinton sees herself as the person who must insist that the party unites, right? She is easily one of the most divisive political figures in my lifetime. Yet, here we are. It’s 2020 and she is still replaying the 2016 election and blaming everyone else but herself for her loss to Trump.
This won’t be the last time Hillary inserts herself into the conversation. Just wait until Bernie wins the Iowa caucuses. If he does pull it off, Hillary and her ilk are going to find themselves in for a very long primary process. And, the DNC will have to tread lightly this time in order to not appear to be rigging it all for Joe Biden, or another moderate candidate against Bernie.