August 13, 2015

I can't imagine how we missed this (I guess because it was on CSPAN) but this Monday press conference in New Hampshire shows Hillary Clinton at her finest:

The Megyn Kelly/Donald Trump feud spilled over into the Democratic presidential primary campaign when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked to weigh in on Trump’s barrage at the Fox News host.

At a New Hampshire press conference Monday, Hillary immediately brushed aside reporters’ grilling about Trump, and instead threw hot coals at Marco Rubio for wanting to force women to carry and deliver rape and incest spawn. Those comments are getting a lot of attention, but very little attention is paid to the jaw-dropping questions that sparked them.

From the outset of the press conference, Clinton drew a contrast between Trump’s “offensive” comments and the anti-woman policies being promoted by the rest of the Republican candidates, particularly Rubio’s opposition to rape and incest exceptions to anti-abortion laws, and repeatedly reinforced the notion that the latter are far more harmful than the former.

But even after this was covered in Hillary’s opening remarks, and several previous questions, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell still couldn’t believe her ears. Mitchell pressed Clinton to reconsider the premise that forcing women to deliver rape babies is worse than being mean to Megyn Kelly. Here’s Mitchell’s first question to Hillary, with the audio enhanced.

MITCHELL: Madame Secretary, regarding Donald Trump, this language was, you can disagree with Republicans on Planned Parenthood and a lot of other issues, but his language, how does that differentiate him from any other candidate, in either party? Is he qualified to be president of the United States? He’s still continually, he’s not apologized, and he made reference today, again, to the bimbo comment regarding Megyn Kelly.

CLINTON: What part of “you must carry your rape-spawn to term” are you having trouble understanding, Andrea?

That last part may be a bit of a paraphrase, but you get the general idea. Whether you agree or disagree with Andrea Mitchell’s assessment, it is clearly not her job to make that kind of a value judgment. The fact that her judgment is so very wrong is just a bonus.

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