Worst Clinton Spin Yet?

By | 4/01/2016 Leave a Comment
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When Donald Trump uttered his controversial comments on MSNBC suggesting that a woman should be punished for having an abortion were they to be made illegal, the torrent of condemnation came fast and furious – almost as fast as the Trump campaign’s attempt to reverse course.

In the current political environment, of course, this was just another sensational, headline-grabbing moment from the Republican maverick, albeit one of his more eyebrow-raising and potentially damaging ones. And politicians being politicians, it took Hillary Clinton no time at all to use the controversy as political ammunition to begin firing away, but not at Mr. Trump…at Mr. Sanders.

More precisely, she seized on Sanders’ response to the Trump debacle  also made in an MSNBC interview  in order to portray him as someone who didn’t consider women’s issues ‘important.’ “I want you to hear this because last night, Senator Sanders agreed that Donald Trump's comments were shameful, but then he said they were a distraction from, and I quote, ‘A serious discussion about the serious issues facing America,’” Clinton said during her stump speech at the State University of New York at Purchase. “To me, this is a serious issue and it is a very serious discussion.”

Having already denounced Trump’s comments earlier in the interview, Sanders had gone on to question why the candidate’s every utterance dictated the popular political discourse. “Because media is what media is today, any stupid, absurd remark made by Donald Trump becomes the story of the week,” he told the program. “Maybe, just maybe, we might want to have a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America.”

And so a dismissal of a gaffe by Trump and a plea to talk about substantive issues (as opposed to gaffes) was consequently skewed by Clinton into proof that Sanders was clearly dismissive of women’s issues in general and reproductive rights in particular.  

There’s almost a sense of desperation around making such an absurd claim from a statement taken out of context and tailored to fit her attack line. With polls in Wisconsin showing Sanders with a narrow lead, and the race in New York looking highly likely to come into play for the Vermont Senator, it’s probably safe to assume there’ll be worse to come.

For the record, Sanders has a 100 percent rating from both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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