Hillary deflects: 'a different side of a person who I, and many others, had known in the past'

Hillary Clinton gave an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria which is set to air this weekend but portions of the conversation were released yesterday. In case you’ve somehow become convinced that Hillary lost last year because of Comey and Russia and misogyny and all the rest, this clip will remind you of what a terrible politician she is. All she has to do here is express (or feign) shock and then repeat that she just didn’t know. A good politician could probably even gain some sympathy out of this over the sense of betrayal from someone she considered a friend. But Hillary keeps emphasizing how she’s not alone, how “many others” are in the same boat, to the point that she sounds defensive, like someone trying to deflect any personal responsibility.

Here’s the text of what she says. I’m highlighting all the times she tries to drag other people into the line of fire:

You know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I, and many others, had known in the past. [Asked if she would have called Weinstein a friend.] Yes I probably would have, and so would so many others. You know, people in Democratic politics for, a couple of decades, appreciated his help and support…

Even the tense she’s using here seems intended to create maximum distance. Weinstein isn’t someone she knows. He’s not someone she knew. He’s someone she “had known in the past” as if all of this happened in a former life.

In reality, Weinstein was a bundler for her campaign last year. He hosted not one but two “star-studded” fundraisers for her campaign last summer. After her loss, Weinstein was invited to the special donor consolation party she hosted in December. Someone she “had known in the past” is not an accurate description of their recent political relationship.

One viewer who was not impressed with Clinton’s interview was Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain is, to put it mildly, not a Trump supporter, so this is not coming from a political opponent. However, he is currently dating Asia Argento, one of the women who has accused Weinstein of sexual assault, making this issue very personal for him.

Hillary is truly terrible at taking responsibility for, well, anything. She always seems to be measuring the impact of her carefully scripted statements rather than just offering an honest assessment. She can always think of five reasons someone else is to blame. That was true of her private email server and as we’ve seen this year it’s true for her 2016 loss. Her own role in any failure is always as an asterisk, something that gets briefly acknowledged so she can move on to the real reasons.

No one is saying she’s the only person who took money from Weinstein, but she did benefit more than many. As a former leader of her party and a campaigner for women’s rights, Hillary would be expected to speak up on this even if she’d never met Weinstein. But she’s so late to this and so defensive that you begin to wonder if she’s hiding something. At a minimum, her friendship with Weinstein seems to have slowed her response time, but she can’t even admit to that somewhat understandable human reaction. When she goes on in the same interview to praise the brave women who’ve spoken out at some personal risk, it just emphasizes once again that she hasn’t ever been one of those women, not with Harvey and certainly not with Bill.

Allahpundit Aug 09, 2022 5:01 PM ET
Allahpundit Aug 09, 2022 4:01 PM ET