Terrible gaffes come in three. These words could not have held truer for Hillary Clinton, who spent the week rising from one disgrace, only to inevitably make another slip.
In a desperate attack on Bernie Sanders' health care reform work, Clinton demanded to know where Sanders was during her health care fight in the '90s — only to have it thrown in her face that he was standing right behind her when she announced reform efforts. She even thanked him specifically at the time for his work!
But this was only one of the less-than-wise things the president hopeful said this week.
An even bigger mistake came when iconic former first lady Nancy Reagan died at 94. Desperate to say something nice about the deceased, Clinton thought it would be apt to praise Reagan’s stance on HIV/AIDS.
“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980s,” Clinton, who attended Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, California, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan — in particular, Mrs. Reagan — we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to do with it.”
That's certainly some revisionist history. The Reagans rarely talked about the disease and the tens of thousands of gay men afflicted by it. And by "rare," we mean Nancy and hubby never, ever talked about it and refused to have any connection with the disease or research being conducted.
In fact the late Mrs. Reagan was known to have denied helping the dying Rock Hudson get AIDS treatment. President Reagan's lack of leadership stymied research and treatment efforts for years right at the explosion of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
Many would think that after such a public, sensitive slip, Clinton would sit back, think about where she went wrong and maybe come back when she had something less erroneous to say. And sure, she apologized for the HIV/AIDS comment, but that didn't stop her week of blunders.
Commenting on the chaos at the canceled Trump rally in Chicago, Clinton drew some problematic parallels between the outbreak of violence at Chicago and the truly lamentable Charleston Church massacre.
“The families of those victims came together and melted hearts in the statehouse and the Confederate flag came down,” Clinton said in a rather bizarre message to Trump supporters and detractors. “That should be the model we strive for to overcome painful divisions in our country.”
It is clear that Clinton was well-intentioned, but she needs to be more careful about her foot-in-mouth moments.