Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
That Hillary Clinton is still bitter about her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump is not breaking news. The failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has spent nearly the entirety of her time since then complaining to sympathetic news outlets about how the election was “stolen” from her, claiming she would have won it had it not been for the mythical Trump/Russia election collusion that never happened.
But here we are in the midst of a global pandemic, with the United States being declared as the new “epicenter” of the Wuhan coronavirus. One would think Hillary Clinton might have it in her to rise above, to show that in a time of crisis she’ll put her personal and political differences aside in order to help combat a deadly virus. To demonstrate that even though there will still be disagreements, she’s willing to do her part in working together with the opposition to get things done.
Sadly, she doesn’t have it in her to do any of this.
At every turn, Clinton has worked to undercut Trump no matter what decisions have been made, no matter what policies have been announced.
For example, Clinton echoed China’s propaganda arm in condemning Trump for calling the virus the “Chinese virus“:
The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis.
Don't fall for it. Don't let your friends and family fall for it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020
Two days earlier, this was tweeted from China’s state-owned “media”:
Racism is not the right tool to cover your own incompetence pic.twitter.com/LmGDyPsULt
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 17, 2020
All this in spite of the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, and in spite of the fact that Trump was calling it the “Chinese virus” to counter China’s outrageous claim that the virus was planted in Wuhan by the U.S. military.
But being a willing accomplice in China’s disinformation campaign was suddenly okay in Hillary’s book because Orange Man Bad.
Clinton has also taken to the Twitter machine to declare that Trump is no FDR when it comes to handling a crisis, mistakenly believing that it would be considered an insult to be told you don’t quite compare to a president who put 120,000 Japanese-Americans in concentration camps and threatened to pack the Supreme Court:
FDR put Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in arguably the greatest violation of civil rights since slavery. And you're holding him up as a model?
Also, a Clinton *really* shouldn't be talking about "self-dealing." https://t.co/cvbsfx3oIp
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) March 23, 2020
Armchair quarterback Clinton has also repeatedly taken Trump to task for alleged supply/equipment pipeline issues, some of which were later debunked by Democratic state officials like NY Gov. Cuomo:
Nurses at Mount Sinai West have resorted to wearing trash bags as protective gear. A nurse manager just died there of COVID-19.
This should not be happening in America. #WheresMyPPE https://t.co/f1czt525rn pic.twitter.com/FTYKkLVrgi
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 26, 2020
Cuomo’s team just addressed this story. They said they have enough PPE and spoke directly to Mt Sinai. Cuomo suggested there might have been a “distribution” issue, but they have enough PPE.
Seems to be a disconnect? https://t.co/rrwxL38sSq
— Amanda (@AmandaPresto) March 26, 2020
But perhaps worst of all, on Friday, Clinton posted an especially nasty tweet in response to the news that the U.S. had passed China in the raw number of Wuhan coronavirus cases:
He did promise "America First." https://t.co/bzks3hqCUE
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2020
A number of high profile politicos and public figures called her out for her disgraceful remarks, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino:
This kind of nasty partisanship is unhelpful. Everyone understands you don’t like Trump, but now is the time for all of us—Dem and GOP—to come together to defeat this pandemic and restore economic growth. We should all be working for and rooting for America. https://t.co/ve0cO9HXH6
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 27, 2020
Delete your account. This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, where American tragedy is applauded for the sake of political opportunism. https://t.co/7aYatlS8jV
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 27, 2020
A disgusting tweet, from the most disgusting person I ever worked with in the Secret Service. 👇🏻👇🏻 https://t.co/5HttcFPiR7
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 27, 2020
As I’ve said before, it’s more than clear at this point that Hillary Clinton is determined to undermine President Trump in the midst of this crisis because she still can’t let 2016 go. It’s even more clear that it’s a good thing she’s not president right now.
Memo to Hillary: Pettiness and bitterness are not a good look, especially in the middle of a national health crisis.