The Hillary Clinton campaign has dropped a new ad that aims to shore up her support among the nation’s most liberal voters. The new spot has Clinton arguing for far more severe gun control efforts than she has ever before championed.
“This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries. Between 88 and 92 people a day are killed by guns. We need to close the loopholes and support universal background checks. How many people have to die before we actually act?”
This is an odd, if not surprising, turn of events for the Clinton campaign. In the past Hillary has tried to present herself as a moderate, middle-America politician with populist economic ideas and down-home traditional cultural beliefs. I guess she’s given that up…
In fact, a few liberal websites have noticed the hypocrisy and are calling out the Clinton campaign for their crass effort to buy votes.
TIME magazine noticed the about-face and highlighted the hypocrisy.
Gun control has become a top issue in the primary. Clinton has said she supports universal background checks, prohibiting domestic abusers from purchasing guns and repealing legal protections for gun manufacturers, among other measures. She has called for a “national movement” to take on the National Rifle Association.
In the 2008 primary against then-Sen. Barack Obama, however, Clinton took a more moderate tone on gun, emphasizing her “wholehearted support” for the Second Amendment.
Buzzfeed went even further, pointing out that Clinton doesn’t seem to remember that she used to attack her political opponents for going after America’s guns. In particular, they juxtaposed Hillary’s latest ad promoting gun control against an older ad she ran against Barack Obama in 2007.
In the ad she reminded voters that Obama favored a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. She also reminded them that Obama once told voters in Idaho that he only said he was “for” the 2nd Amendment to get their votes. Lastly she used Obama’s infamous quote on “bitter” clingers to condemn him.
Buzzfeed points out the old attack on Obama because they’ve suddenly found that Hillary has changed her tune.
At least Hillary Clinton is consistently inconsistent. If you want to know what she believes all you have to do is figure out what she thinks will get her the most support at any given time. Craven, crass and hypocritical are the three best words to describe Hillary Clinton.
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