After Donald Trump’s comment this week that could possibly have been interpreted to be leaning towards brushing with suggesting the assassination or imprisonment of Hillary Clinton, or, more likely, as Robert Parry pointed out, some kind of violent revolution, Clinton Tweeted:
“A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Putting aside that all Clinton is doing with this tweet is preening in an echo chamber in which her oligarch and corporate propaganda-influenced supporters agree that advocating for or participating in illegal acts of mass-violence against Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yugoslavia (“I urged him [Bill] to bomb.” – Hillary Clinton), Nicaragua, and others, or threatening the use of nuclear weapons against Iran (“all options on the table”), all of which Clinton has done, are not “in any way” suggestions for the use of violence, Wikileaks points out:
“Clinton in 2008 sa[id] she won’t drop out of the primaries because if someone assassinates Obama she can still win”:
Indeed, Keith Olberman above chastises Clinton for almost 11 minutes about her inappropriate comments, in which, unlike Trump, she actually used the word “assassination” in reference to the reason why she should stay in the presidential primary against Obama. Olberman also points out that Clinton had made similar comments at least two other times, one of which also used the term “assassination” directly.
He repeatedly and angrily says Clinton’s comments are “unforgivable”.
True, Olberman eventually careens off the rails when he says “this nation’s … most terrifying legacy is political assassination” (referring only to the assassination of US politicians). But then, genocide denial (Native Americans, Africans, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis? Never heard of ’em.) is an integral part of the mission of US corporate media, and to be expected. He lists a dozen or so US politicians who have been or almost been assassinated, of course never mentioning the many dozens of non-US politicians assassinated or almost assassinated by US terrorist forces. These now include African leader Muammar Qaddafi, whose assassination Clinton helped carry out, then laughed giddily and clapped over in 2011. At that time, Clinton had recently helped secure the biggest lethal weapons sale in history to terrorist state Saudi Arabia.
Directly under Clinton’s propaganda statement on Twitter about how a “person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way” is an image touting one of Clinton’s latest campaign slogans: “America is great because America is good.”
The exceptional inanity of the statement, which one must assume is directed toward the minority of people in the country still willing to support Clinton, calls to mind FBI Director James Comey’s official claim in session that Clinton may lack the ‘sophistication’ to know that the letter C means ‘Classified’. Which is worse: he was serious and his statement might be true, or the FBI director was covering for Hillary Clinton?
In his segment ‘Reality Check’, Ben Swann asks: since Clinton and Trump are the most despised candidates in modern history, wouldn’t now be a good time to stop voting for an evil person you hate, and instead vote for a good person you like?
He points out that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson together, without the nepotism or corrupt corporate cash of a Clinton or a Trump, are polling extraordinarily well. Stein pledges to use executive order to cancel student debt like Obama used it to cancel debt for the criminal banks, and to make college free, and points out that if just people with student debt voted for her, she would win the election.
Robert J. Barsocchini is an internationally published author who focuses on force dynamics, national and global, and serves as a cross-cultural intermediary for the film and Television industry. His work has been cited, published, or followed by numerous professors, economists, lawyers, military and intelligence veterans, and journalists. Updates on Twitter. Author’s pamphlet ‘The Agility of Tyranny: Historical Roots of Black Lives Matter’.