Hillary and Bill Clinton attended Yale. But they must have skipped class for the lesson in honesty related in Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, “Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field”—“Oh what a tangled web we weave /When first we practice to deceive.”
Hillary and Bill have struggled with the truth for their entire lives. Remember Hillary’s imaginary landing in Bosnia under sniper fire. Or her invented right-wing conspiracy against Bill to smuggle his DNA onto Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress. Or her hallucinogenic proclamation that turning Libya into a terrorist-filled wilderness constituted “smart power at its best.”
A leopard cannot change its spots. So it is unsurprising to encounter a new Hillary Clinton fib of which I have personal knowledge. It may seem minor, but it speaks volumes about Ms. Clinton’s unfitness for leadership.
At an early age, I was privileged to serve as a confidential assistant to Clarence Thomas, the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chairman Thomas was later elevated by President George H.W. Bush to the United States Supreme Court after a short stint on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Supreme Court is the most prestigious and powerful court in the world.
As his confidential assistant, I was daily privy to many details of his private life. We forged a bond that has endured to the present day and will continue until the expiration of our natural lives. I am hesitant to discuss private matters, but an exception in this case is justified to keep the record straight and to defend Justice Thomas.
Hillary Clinton recently appeared on a “CBS Mornings” news broadcast. To fortify the credibility of her polemic, she alleged personal encounters with Justice Thomas during their attendance at Yale Law School. As any attendee of a prestigious law school knows, the students are characteristically hermetically sealed from one another by assignments to distinct sections based on year of admission or expected graduation. It is not unusual for two students attending the same law school during the same or overlapping years to never have spoken to one another. Students typically form small study groups and seldom venture sustained interactions with outsiders.
On CBS, Hillary Clinton claimed to have discerned the inner workings of Justice Thomas’ mind during their joint attendance at Yale Law, although she was not in his graduating class. She declared that she “knew” Justice Thomas and perceived him as a “person of grievance.”
Think of that coming from Ms. Clinton. “A person of grievance?” Is Hillary Clinton projecting her own vengeful personality? According to the book “HRC” written by Jonathan Allen and Arnie Parnes, Hillary and Bill Clinton compiled an “enemies” list of persons who declined to support Ms. Clinton in the 2008 presidential primaries. The book declares the two created “a special circle of Clinton hell…for people who had endorsed [President] Obama.”
In any event, Justice Thomas was one of only 10 Black students in his Yale Law School class. He grew up on a farm during the depths of Jim Crow. Is it easy to forget childhood humiliations and denigrations? Did Frederick Douglass forget his enslavement?
But let’s return to Ms. Clinton’s allegation that she knew Justice Thomas at Yale. It is false. He did not know her. She was a classmate with whom he seldom if ever interacted. My conversations with the Justice lead me to conclude the two never spoke with one another. Her “person of grievance” speculation must be based on unreliable hearsay or eavesdropping.
Hillary Clinton is a worn-out politician who craves relevance. She has nothing of substance to say so she traffics in gossip and a politics of revenge.
Her lie about her Yale connection with Justice Thomas was strategically timed to coincide with Supreme Court decisions she opposed. Instead of addressing the merits of the decisions, Ms. Clinton resorted to ad hominin attacks to excite her crowd of deplorables blaming every evil in the world on gender discrimination—especially her 2016 presidential defeat by President Donald Trump. Who is the true person of grievance? Hillary Clinton? Or Justice Thomas? You decide.
Ms. Clinton will ultimately pass from the scene. But her daughter seems prepared to pick up her grievance torch with fresh energy. All of this goes to verify the wisdom of Henry Adams: “Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.”
Have you ever wondered why nothing dries faster than a politician’s tears?
Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is manager / sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. www.armstrongwilliams.co | www.howardstirkholdings.com