Reacting to the news on Friday that the U.S. has now soared past China and Italy to have more confirmed coronavirus infections than any other country on the planet, Hillary Clinton tweeted out a smarmy jab at President Trump.
“He did promise ‘America First,’” tweeted Clinton.
Clinton’s “I’m With Her” faithful may have enjoyed the joke, but it went unappreciated by many other Twitter users, most of whom accused the former secretary of State of using an American tragedy to prolong an old, tired political feud.
“Delete your account,” wrote Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). “This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, where American tragedy is applauded for the sake of political opportunism.”
Matt Whitlock of the National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted: “Hillary Clinton touting figures that are a result of Chinese disinformation to dunk on America and sick Americans is a pretty good reminder why she lost in 2016.”
Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner said that Clinton’s gleeful snark was disgusting.
“This sort of vicious celebratory tone about Americans getting sick & dying during a deadly global pandemic is just appalling,” Dunleavy wrote.
In a statement, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill tried to justify his boss’s divisive comedy routine.
“The situation we find ourselves in was demonstrably avoidable, and pointing that out with a reference to the President’s empty rhetoric is nothing more than another way of pleading for him to lead,” Merrill said.
Well, that’s part of the problem right there: No one wants to hear from Hillary Clinton right now, period. Trump is a wartime president, and if you don’t have anything to offer but remarks from the peanut gallery, you can sit down and shut up.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton could play a role here. Perhaps she could raise money for health care workers. Perhaps she could use her platform to share valuable information about how unemployed workers can get financial relief. There’s no end to the good you can do at a time like this when you have a prominent public image.
Instead, though, she’s just using this crisis as another excuse to attack the man who defeated her in 2016. She’s treating the coronavirus pandemic as the latest impeachment/border crisis/Russian collision hoax/etc. There’s no difference at all, judging by her reaction. If it’s a current event and it gives her an opening to criticize Trump, she takes it. It’s all the same. People are sick, dying, losing their jobs, and all she can think about is getting a good jab in on Trump.
All she’s really doing is reminding America of how lucky we are to have gone the other way in that fateful election.