The Clinton Book Tour has officially resumed, and it appears that it is destined for as much success in its second half as it enjoyed in its first — that is, none — and now it's attracted hecklers.
Thursday evening, Bll and Hillary Clinton appeared for the fist time in the second leg of their joint tour, in a "conversation with Paul Begala" at the Beacon Theater on New York City's Upper West Side. They've been on hiatus since calling off their series of joint story-tellng events late last year, officially because of the death of former President George H. W. Bush and an ensuing illness, but more likely because ticket sales had tanked, seats were being left empty, and the events were paling in comparison to those in a parallel book tour hosted for former First Lady Michelle Obama.
The second leg is starting out as badly as the first. The Huffington Post reports that the event at the Beacon Theater had seats that "remained noticeably empty throughout the night," despite the event's cut-rate price of only $100 for the cheap seats. The New York Post snagged their balcony seat for $210, much more than the same seats were selling on resale sites the day of.
The night featured a lot of softball questions, reportedly, but no mention of President Donald Trump or the disastrous 2016 presidential election. But if the crowd was bored by discussing issues from the mid-1990s, they were quickly energized by a heckler, who pointed out that the Clintons had long lost their shine.
"Bill, this is boring!” the heckler yelled. “Why don’t you talk about...."
Hillary quickly cut him off, with an odd comment about “important political conversations” and called the heckler an “agent provocateur.”
The rest of the audience heard, however. The heckler asked Clinton to talk about "Jeffrey Epstein."
Epstein is, of course, the man accused of sexually abusing "dozens of underage girls," according to Rolling Stone, many on his private plane, at his Palm Beach home, and on his private island.
The Miami Herald reported at the time:
For years, Epstein lured an endless stream of teenage girls to his Palm Beach mansion, offering to pay them for massages. Instead, police say, for years he coerced middle and high school girls into engaging in sex acts with him and others.
As evidence emerged that there were victims and witnesses outside of Palm Beach, the FBI began an investigation in 2006 into whether Epstein and others employed by him were involved in underage sex trafficking.
Bill Clinton was a frequent guest of Epstein's (as was President Donald Trump but to a far lesser extent). Epstein also gave generously to Clinton's campaign for president. Epstein is in the final stages of what appears to be a plea deal in New York, and has never revealed the extent to which Clinton participated in his reported jaunts. Clinton, likewise, has remained mum on his involvement with Epstein, though it does seem he took frequent trips with Epstein on his private plane.
The heckler can't be good news for the Clintons, who are now desperately hoping to stay relevant in an increasingly anti-Clinton world. At this point, the joint book tour is the only money-making venture they have left, particularly given that most of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls are running far left of Hillary Clinton and the man she defeated for the 2016 nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is running at the head of the pack.
The Clintons have six more appearances scheduled for the spring, from now until May 4. On May 5, they will make up the one missed event from last year, a joint appearance at the Park MGM Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tickets are about the same price as they were for the handful of previous engagements. For the pair's appearance next week at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall — where the Clintons should be a draw — you can snag tickets for as little as $19. Tickets for some later dates, including an appearance in Los Angeles, California, are a little pricier. A seat in L.A. will cost you $32.