Few days ago, the Twitter Hashtag #ToneDownForWhat was on bernin up the trend headlines. It resulted from a gaffed excuse from the Hillary Clinton campaign as to why they wouldn’t agree to a debate in her home state, New York. Yesterday, a video clip revealed that it is actually not Senator Bernie Sanders who has a problem with tone, but indeed the former secretary of state herself. When confronted about accepting money from the fossil industry she snapped, “I am so sick..SO SICK” to the woman who asked her about the financial gains, as she further wagged her finger claiming the Sanders campaign is spreading lies.
Although we all lose our temper time to time, it remains undeniable that Clinton is not being honest when she says the Sanders campaign is lying about her monetary involvement with fossil industries, particularly advocates of fracking. In fact, Huffington Post stated almost all of her contributing campaign lobbyists had worked for the fossil fuel industry at one point.
What is even more outstanding is that this is not the first time the Secretary’s tone has been questioned. A video of her using a condescending manner with a “Black Lives Matter” activist has also circulated some time ago.
Maybe she, Clinton, is nicer to her fundraiser audiences who pay $2,700 just to “legitimately” speak with her, or $250k per hour if your name is Goldman-Sachs — or least, one could only hope.
Rare moments captured like these reveal a different side of Clinton — the side of her which she tries to hide and deny, and for a very good reason too. Coming off as a heartless and big money politician is not in her script to play during the 2016 campaign. Instead, she is playing to be politician who fights for you in the rain, one who chastises the fossil industry who are ruining our planet, one who will take on the big banks, one who believes the future can be bright and equal, one who does not accept speech fees, one who — seemingly sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders.
Sanders doesn’t charge for any speaking fees — nor does he accept them. In fact, when discovering Clinton charges for encounters with supporters, one could not help but remember Sanders doesn’t mind fighting for $15/hr minimum wage, EVEN in the rain. Heck, the man didn’t even mind getting arrested when he protested segregation back in the day. So, who is the authentic progressive here? Without a doubt, Sanders.
So that’s it. Maybe it IS Sanders’ tone which ultimately threatens the Clinton campaign. His tone is too similar to the tone she is struggling to imitate and call her own, and more debates would only further reveal that she is merely playing as the progressive she wished to be.
After further public pressure, the Clinton campaign has hesitantly agreed to a debate in New York before its primary. The date and time has yet to be released.