Apparently not content with the first wave of criticism leveled at her self-aggrandizing tome, “What Happened,” former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has released a second edition, this time with an afterword detailing the present “Constitutional Crisis” and laying the groundwork for how Americans can save the precious institutions of our democracy from President Donald Trump.
She announced the update on Twitter Monday.
My new afterword for “What Happened” is excerpted in @TheAtlantic. It’s about the constitutional crisis building in our democracy and why we should all be focused, determined and, yes, optimistic as we work to save our country. https://t.co/HBEvB9919F
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 17, 2018
Ironically, Clinton’s Twitter lecture (reprinted in full in The Atlantic) is largely a lecture on ethics, something that Clinton — any Clinton, really — is not readily qualified to speak on. But Clinton repeats a few key details from the earlier iteration of her election memoir: that the Russians undermined the 2016 election to such a degree that the outcome is illegitimate and that Trump is waging all-out war on the mechanics of justice by angrily tweeting about the Attorney General of the United States.
Those are, of course, the most legitimate points Clinton makes. She goes on to attack the President for his ties to special interests, his corruption, and his lack of concern for national unity — a point she drives home by implying that Trump and his supporters are racist.
She suggests, strangely, that the solution is widespread democratic turnout in 2018. In fact, her own tagline claims that “Our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back.”
This might be news to Clinton’s campaign apparatus; faced with the opportunity to “do everything” to ensure that Donald Trump did not win the Presidency, Clinton skipped visiting at least two states responding well to Trump’s message of blue collar populism and failed to visit Wisconsin altogether. Having essentially forfeited easy wins in the Rust Belt, Clinton is now resigned to blaming Trump and the irreparably confused and (probably) intellectually unsound American electorate for the apocalypse she believes has ensued.
As one person pointed out on Twitter, Clinton can trace the “constitutional crisis” back to when she lost the Presidential election — a development that was largely her own fault.
“I lost so it’s a constitutional crisis.” https://t.co/XmoqULS6qi
— John Willow (@JohnathonWillow) September 17, 2018
There’s no argument that Donald Trump could use a couple of 101-style classes on how to run a country, but the best teacher probably isn’t Hillary Clinton.