Boy I’m tired of falling for this kind of click-bait on the conservative news websites.
“Hillary Clinton Says Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Will Bring Back Slavery” shouted the headline on a story at PJ Media by Tyler O’Neill. Uh, no, that’s not really what she said. This is; Clinton told the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at its national convention:
“Let me say a word about the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” “This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights — including those to make our own health decisions. It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the Court for decades and to reverse decades of progress,” the former Democratic presidential nominee declared. I used to worry that they [the Republicans] wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s.”
Says O’Neill, maybe with a straight face: “Clinton was clearly suggesting that Trump and Kavanaugh want to return to the days when slavery was legal in the South.”
Clinton’s statement is certainly outrageous hyperbole and fear-mongering, pretty much in line with all the dishonest blather that has been emitted by Democrats to sell the absurd characterization of President Trump’s basic, down the line, hardly extreme well-qualified conservative jurist nominee as a reincarnation of Judge Hathorne of the Salem witch trials. But the 1850s crack is exactly the kind of obvious intentional rhetorical excess that conservatives justly criticize the Left and its news media for treating as if it was meant literally when President Trump takes such liberties. Exactly.
I’m sure if I had the time and my sock drawer weren’t in such need of color-coding, I could find multiple jokes from the Sixties about Barry Goldwater along the lines of “I used to think Senator Goldwater wanted to take us back to the 1950s, but now I’m beginning to think that he wants to take us back to the 1850s!” [Laughter] Maybe Hillary remembers those jokes; after all, she was once a “Goldwater Girl.” This is an old, old joke. Comedian Jack Benny used various versions of it in his radio shows.
Surely O’Neill doesn’t really believe Hillary was seriously suggesting that Kavanaugh was pro slavery. Does he? Really? Could his anti-Hillary bias make him that stupid? Are there conservatives so stupid that they would believe it too? Do they really believe that Hillary is that stupid?
Nah. It can’t be.
As tempting as it is to use the Left’s own unethical and disingenuous tactics against it, pretending that Hillary was making a serious accusation that Brett Kavanaugh wants to restore slavery is embarrassingly dishonest, the fakest of fake news.