Part 3—What didn't happen: Hillary Clinton debuted her new book on the TV show, Morning Joe.
Somewhat ironically, the book will be called "What Happened." It purports to be Clinton's account of the 2016 White House campaign.
An enormous numbers of things did occur during that fateful campaign. That includes many types of events which liberals, progressives and Democrats have been unable to confront and counteract in the past twenty-five years.
That said, when Clinton debuted her book, she chose to feature something which didn't happen. On line, the Washington Post reported the book's debut:
WOOTSON AND WANG (8/23/17): Hillary Clinton said her “skin crawled” as Donald Trump loomed behind her at a presidential debate in St. Louis, and added that she wished she could have pressed pause and asked America, “Well, what would you do?”The book made its bow on Morning Joe! We'll offer this short critique: Sad.
The words, Clinton’s most detailed public comments about what happened during one of the campaign’s more memorable moments, are included in her new book, “What Happened,” which she called an attempt to “pull back the curtain” on her losing bid for the presidency.
Some of the moments during the campaign, she said, “baffled” her. Others seemingly repulsed her: In recounting the October incident, she referred to Trump as a “creep.”
The book comes out Sept. 12, but audio excerpts, read by Clinton, were played Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
To watch that segment, click here. Trigger warning: Willie Geist!
Liberals and Democrats badly need to understand what happened during last year's fateful campaign. It doesn't help if we're asked to fume about something which didn't happen.
As part of our nation's downward spiral, that's what we're being asked to do at this time. As quoted in the Post, here's the text of the excerpt which Clinton unveiled on TV's Morning Joe:
WOOTSON AND WANG: “This is not okay, I thought,” Clinton said, reading from her book. “It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.This makes an excellent Lifetime movie. That said, it isn't what happened.
“It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’ Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’”
Try not to misunderstand! Candidate Trump behaved very badly, in various ways, during that second debate. As is his wont, he made many misstatements that night, some of which were baldly ludicrous. He interrupted Candidate Clint again and again, even after he'd been told, again and again, not to do so.
In his most unfortunate moment, Candidate Trump unveiled his picture of a future type of prosecutorial state. Stupidly and appallingly, wearing the Mussolini face he badly affected throughout the evening, he described what he was going to do after seizing power:
CANDIDATE TRUMP (10/9/16): I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor."Everything he just said is absolutely false," Clinton quickly replied. But so what? He was going to lock her up, just as those thoughtful crowds had urged!
When I speak, I go out and speak, the people of this country are furious. In my opinion, the people that have been long-term workers at the FBI are furious. There has never been anything like this, where e-mails—and you get a subpoena, you get a subpoena, and after getting the subpoena, you delete 33,000 e-mails, and then you acid wash them or bleach them, as you would say, very expensive process.
So we’re going to get a special prosecutor, and we’re going to look into it, because you know what? People have been—their lives have been destroyed for doing one-fifth of what you’ve done. And it’s a disgrace. And honestly, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
Candidate Trump did many horrible things that night. His ability to make endless ludicrous misstatements was part of a 25-year downward spiral within our culture which liberals, progressives and Democrats have made little attempt to confront.
(The Social Security trust fund is a pile of worthless IOUs! Al Gore said he invented the Internet! Barack Obam was born in Kenya! Nothing has worked in our public schools, as you can see from those test scores! All those claims, and many more, have made a joke of our national discourse during our long and destructive downward spiral. For the most part, the career liberal world has simply sat on its big fat ascot as this assault has transpired.)
Candidate Trump did many things during that second debate. Liberals badly need to come to terms with the spiraling culture which permitted his gruesome conduct.
Trump did many things that night. But here are a few thing he didn't do:
Things Candidate Trump didn't do:Why in the world did Candidate Clinton make those claims? Of all the things she could have featured from the remarkable past campaign, why did she choose to feature those claims when she debuted her book on TV's Morning Joe?
He didn't follow Candidate Clinton no matter where she walked.
He didn't follow her closely, staring at her, making faces.
He didn't literally breathe down her neck. It would be a tremendous stretch to say that he breathed there at all.
We can't answer those questions. We can say that her decision is part of the downward spiral which has afflicted our failing culture in the past twenty-five years.
On what basis do we say that Candidate Trump didn't do those things? Simple! We've rewatched the tape of that second debate, which you can watch in full here.
This is the tale of that tape:
The debate was conducted in a "town hall" format. The candidates shared a "small stage," just as Clinton described.
The bulk of the audience sat unseen behind moderators Cooper and Raddatz. Down on the floor where the candidates paced, two small clumps of regular people were seated near the candidates' assigned stations. Those lumpens would ask some of the questions during the town hall debate.
Each candidate had a table and chair, constituting their appointed stations. Because they were sharing a rather small stage, those stations were fairly close together. The stations were also fairly close to the two clumps of regular people who asked some of the questions on this generally useless night.
What will you see if you watch that videotape? You won't see Candidate Trump following Clinton all over the stage. Instead, you will see this:
During Questions 5, 6 and 7, you'll see Candidate Clinton move in front of Candidate Trump's station, the better to speak to the regular people who had asked those questions. This happens from (roughly) minute 26 through (roughly) minute 42.
During those three Q-and-A sessions, Candidate Trump does seem to loom up behind Candidate Clinton, depending on the camera angle producers chose to adopt. But in each case, he is standing at his station, where he's "supposed to be."
The propinquity of the candidates during that period didn't occur because Candidate Trump was stalking Candidate Clinton no matter where she walked. It happened because Candidate Clinton, perfectly appropriately, moved onto Trump's side of the stage—more excitingly, invaded his space!—to answer three citizens' questions.
Candidate Trump hadn't moved behind her. Perfectly appropriately, she'd moved in front of him.
At this point, we need to mention the noxious effect on the culture of another TV show. We refer to Saturday Night Live, one of the dumbest, least amusing shows the industry ever created.
In its typical numbskulled way, SNL seized on the grumbling which had occurred concerning Trump's looming presence during those three questions. That weekend, they aired one of their typically silly representations of what had occurred, and the latest SNL-inspired fantasy had entered our spiraling discourse.
Candidate Trump behaved very badly in various ways that night. That said, he didn't follow Clinton all over the stage, literally breathing down her neck, as you can see if you're willing to spend ninety minutes reviewing your nation's embarrassing recent history.
He wasn't breathing down her neck, neither literally nor figuratively. In the three-question sequence which gave rise to this myth, he was standing at his assigned station.
Citizens, let's review:
Barack Obama wasn't born in Kenya. Al Gore didn't say that he invented the Internet, inspired Love Story, or discovered Love Canal.
The Social Security trust fund wasn't a pile of worthless IOUs. Test scores show large gains in basic skills over the past twenty to forty years.
None of those widely-believed gong shows were actually true. But over the course of the past three decades, our discourse has been subsumed by endless bogus, ridiculous claims—some of them pimped by the RNC, many of them pimped by the major organs of our upper-class, mainstream corporate press corps.
Because our favorite liberal stars want to acquire fame and riches from those noxious corporate employers, the liberal world has made little attempt to address this downward spiral. Whether you want to believe it or not, our multimillionaire liberal stars maintain the code of silence!
Repeatedly, powerful interests have drowned the culture in bogus claims. Our tribe has been too dumb to fight them. With this strange presentation by Clinton, we've apparently decided to join them.
We're asked to thrill to a Lifetime movie in which a helpless woman is menaced by a creep. In case you haven't noticed this yet, a modern nation simply can't run on this type of fuel.
One last word of warning:
Hillary Clinton has told our tribe what we're supposed to believe. If you actually watch that videotape, your lizard brain will try to say that you're seeing what she described.
Your lizard brain will be lying again. In case you haven't noticed it yet, a modern nation can't run on the bullroar of corporate hustlers, or on the bullroar which comes from each tribe's lizard brains.
Coming: A truly ridiculous victim