No, Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to apologize for this latest comment about Republican presidential candidates increasingly more extreme views on issues like abortion. But going forward, leave the terrorist stuff out of future complaints about the GOP platform. It’s just not smart.
Here’s what Clinton said in full:
“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States… [y]et they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.”
I have a feeling Clinton was attempting to channel Elizabeth Warren’s speech about Republicans’ attacks on Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights in general (see video below):
“Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the U.S. Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s healthcare centers…”
Make no mistake, Hillary should absolutely be issuing scathing remarks about how Republicans are attempting to curtail women’s abortion rights and defund Planned Parenthood. But she should do so prudently, and avoid the talk of terrorist-related activity. It doesn’t matter if the Taliban is against abortion. The point is, Islamic terrorist groups (one can assume that these were the terrorist groups Hillary was referring to, even though christian terrorists have attacked abortion clinics and women in general) want to create a horrible life for women that we would never see here in the U.S.
So in the future, just stick to what you do best, Hillary. Just talk about how Republican policies are wrong for women overall and wrong for America. Explaining their policies and the effect they will have on women and the U.S. in general will be more than enough to convince voters who is in the right on these issues.
Stand with Planned Parenthood.