In the latest batch of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, we get to see John Podesta whining about the San Bernardino shooting that claimed 14 lives in December. No, he wasn’t upset that the attack took place; he was merely frustrated that the attackers turned out to be Muslims.
In an email sent after one of the shooters was identified (by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes), Podesta wrote to Clinton campaign spokesperson Karen Finney: “Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter.”
Better, eh? Better how, exactly? As if we needed to ask.
Better – as in, easier to make the shooting about gun control.
Better – as in, easier to keep Americans from figuring out that there’s something seriously wrong with certain strains of Islam.
Better – as in, the Clinton camp wouldn’t have to worry about saying the words “radical Islamic terror.”
So here we are, only a day or two out from one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history, and this guy’s only worried about how it will affect Hillary’s campaign. This guy’s only concerned about whether or not Americans will be willing to put up with another four years of Democratic Party inaction on this issue.
And well he should have been concerned.
Interestingly, that email wasn’t the only troubling Defend Islam piece of nonsense in the latest batch of releases. Also featured is a 154-page prep booklet designed for Hillary that includes a section named, “Should we call this Islamic terrorism?”
In one section of the advised answer, the booklet reads:
“Now, of course there are those who twist Islam to justify mass murder. But we can’t buy into the same narrative that these barbaric, radical jihadists use to recruit new followers. Declaring war on Islam or demonizing the Muslim-American community is not only counter to our values – it plays right into the terrorists’ hands.”
Sounds like she took the advice to heart. This is exactly the kind of rhetoric we’ve heard from Hillary and Obama for the last eight years, and it hasn’t started making sense yet. Another eight years of hearing it probably won’t do the trick, either.
We can’t afford to put any more leaders in charge who refuse to acknowledge the nature of America’s greatest enemies. ISIS and their ilk may not be an “existential threat” to the U.S. today, but give them the space of another Democratic president. They’ll get there soon enough.