Speaking to one of the big left-wing teachers’ unions Friday, Hillary Clinton attacked Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a “threat of devastating consequences for workers’ rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights.” Hillary added, “You know, I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s, now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s.”
The most historically significant point about the 1850s is that slavery was still legal. At a time when there are serious racial tensions in America, Clinton’s comment is reckless and beyond the pale.
Sadly, this is not the first time the left has engaged in this kind of disgusting hyperbole. In 2012, Joe Biden suggested Mitt Romney wanted to put black Americans “back in chains.” In 2008, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) compared Sen. John McCain to segregationist George Wallace.
In 2000, political ads were run linking George W. Bush to the death of James Byrd, Jr., a black man who “was beaten, chained and then dragged behind a pickup truck [for] three miles.”
Black leaders and civil rights groups should speak up now and condemn Clinton’s suggestion that a mainstream conservative judge would support enslaving black Americans.
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