Hillary Clintonof 2016 Warning about “disappointing” emerging in Republican Party When Donald Trump It was not right for the president to run against him; He underestimated their influence, a Salon commentator wrote In a scathing essay posted on Wednesday.
“In many ways, Clinton was very kind,” Chauncey DeVega wrote. “If anything, it underestimated how many Americans are truly committed and enthusiastic about human grief.”
The political essayist isn’t the first to revisit Clinton’s late speech. NS Washington Post It recently noted that some called the former senator’s remarks “presenter.” The Baltimore Sun declared last year, “Ms. Clinton was right“
But Devega’s view is worth looking at through the dangerous lens of how Clinton proved to be a clairvoyant.
In a 2016 campaign speech, Clinton referred to the millions of racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic followers empowered by Trump. He gave them a. grouped into “Sad basket” And the comment was condemned by many, including some Democrats.
“That reaction to Clinton’s truth-telling helped [legitimize] Trumpism and American neofascism (working under the guise of “populism”) was something that was appropriate and understandable, rather than an expression of racial outrage,” DeVega wrote.
FBI data reported by Brookings in 2019 indicated Trump’s election inspired him Second biggest increase in hate crime, right after the September 11 attacks. Hate also fed on Trump threat of action Against those protesting the death of George Floyd by the police. they also fuel The rise of anti-Asian American sentiment Because of his “Chinese virus” rhetoric in the context of COVID-19.
Devega stressed that if Clinton had won the presidency, America would “not necessarily be sinking under a fascist tide that has threatened our democracy and our future.”
Then the author took an even more ominous turn.
“The matters are now so dire that it is no longer a question of Whether American democracy will succumb to the nightmare of fascism, rather When It will happen,” he wrote. “If America’s neofascist movement continues to gain momentum, Joe Biden will be relegated to the role of a speed bump or asterisk in American history.”