Last night Bernie overstepped. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones writes this indicates the rhetoric has been elevated to “DEFCON 1” and and John Amato whom I will reference below writes this augurs a “really brutal” stage of Democratic primary for those of us with something at stake in this process.
Here is the clip from a Bernie rally in Philadelphia last night.
And here is a good summary of the clip in context of the day’s media events from John Amato founder of the website Crooks and Liars.
a) Hillary had not said Bernie was unqualified, but she did not rebut MSNBC’s repeated and slanted question. Former Republican Congressman and Trump apologist Joe Scarborough asked 3 times if Hillary thought that Bernie was unqualified followed by answers by Hillary about why she thinks she would be a better President than Bernie. (find clip of this in John Amato’s post linked above). In the end, although not affirming that Bernie would be eminently qualified himself, Hillary does rightfully conclude that the voters should be making the decision.
b) Yes, there was an “if” to Bernie’s statement and he wasn’t speaking about Hillary the person as much as he was talking about that stuff he is trying to get through our thick skulls. …but… He can’t ever forget he is running against potentially America’s first woman President and a man of the left cannot call a woman who is arguably the most qualified person in America to be President given her experience as a Senator, Secretary of State and even First Lady unqualified. It will be seen as part of a familiar pattern to 50.8% of Americans, not to mention those men who can see what is going on.
(unrelated bonus bullet-point) c) Note to Bernie’s staff – make sure he stands well above the podium in the future.
Bernie shouldn’t have said what he said. Hillary is eminently qualified to be President AND our system is rigged by money and elected leaders such as former Senator Clinton have made horrible decisions like going into Iraq and failing to protect American workers.
Now when I Google the search term “hillary unqualified” to find the video linked above the ad that shows up is Hillary’s official campaign website. Good move Hillary!