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martes, 16 de enero de 2018

Hillary Clinton’s big ally threw a ‘victory party’ for Hillary on night of election defeat

According to Politico, a former U.S. ambassador and supporter of Hillary Clinton threw a preemptive victory party on Election Night last year, not expecting it would go horribly wrong.

Former U.S. ambassador Samantha Power invited 37 female United Nations ambassadors to celebrate Clinton’s victory, something they apparently expected to happen with the certainty of a royal coronation. Power expressed her despair at the upset that had taken place by the end of the night, in a joint interview alongside Obama advisor Ben Rhodes.

We can’t blame her. Who expected that Clinton, a frontrunner with the backing of the donor class and the mainstream media, would lose?

All tomorrow’s parties

A bevy of ambassadors, as well as luminaries such as Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright, gathered at Power’s New York apartment on Election Night to celebrate Clinton’s not-yet-realized, but nevertheless certain, victory.

By Power’s admission, she now sees it as one of the worst ideas of her life.

“Well, I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life, but none as immortalized as this one. I decided on election night to invite the 37 women ambassadors to the U.N., many of whom face struggles in their own foreign service, or at the U.N. of a kind that, as an American, I never did,” she said.

Power expected to see Clinton shatter a “glass ceiling” by the evening’s end:

“And I thought what an amazing night for them. I mean, that’s what America represents to the world, when a glass ceiling is shattered in our country, it creates a whole new sense of possibility for people everywhere.”

Did Power, or anybody at the party, really think Clinton cared about “people everywhere?” They obviously didn’t account for the working class people who ended up voting for Trump that night.

To Power and her powerful friends, Trump country doesn’t even exist.

Power was so confident that Clinton would win, she actually hoped that it wouldn’t happen “too soon” – she wanted to milk the moment for all it was worth:

“As the host, I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be quite the blowout that it was anticipated to be, because I wanted to make sure that people had a chance to interact with Gloria Steinem, and one of—”, she said.

“So, your concern was that actually that the evening was going to be over early,” the interviewer, Susan Glasser said.

“Too soon. I wanted to milk the soft power dividend of this moment, and instead, and HBO was there, I guess unfortunately or fortunately, to capture it all, but instead, you really see what so many people went through, which was all of that sense of promise and excitement, and frankly, a dose of complacency. And then, it slowly dawning on us that not only was this going to be much closer than anybody anticipated, but that it was not going to end well,” Power said.

Post-traumatic stress

Power said she is haunted by footage of her daughter lying in her lap as the election was called. HBO captured the footage, which was used in a documentary, “The Final Year”, about Obama’s foreign policy team in its last year.

To Power, the image of her daughter symbolized nothing less than the doomed future of America under Trump:

When the election is called, my daughter, who at that time is four, is just lying in my lap, kind of like this pale, Irish statue, and there’s something about the way she’s lying, I don’t know, that just makes her look like she’s the one who’s going to inherit— […] She’s going to inherit this—what he does is on her, right? It’s like we’ve somehow collectively landed in this place, but the people who are going to feel this, and be affected by this are these innocents. And as it happens, I was looking at a young child, but there’s so many other innocents who are being subjected to the cruelty, as we speak here today.

Apparently, when it dawns on liberals that they can’t just rig elections, they get Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“But yes, I think that scene moves viewers the most because it triggers, I think, a kind of post-traumatic stress about their own election night experience, which mirrored mine”, Power said.

One would be hard-pressed to find a more humiliating example of liberal entitlement. To quote a Rolling Stones song that Trump used at many of his rallies, “You can’t always get what you want.”