Actor Chuck Norris wrote an op-ed slamming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s prospective 2016 presidential run, and used other liberals’ words to do it.
Norris cited various progressives and reporters at left-leaning outlets who have been critical of the would-be Democratic presidential nominee. Here is a sampling of them:
Brian Schweitzer, former Democratic governor of Montana:
“You can’t be the candidate that shakes down more money on Wall Street than anybody since, I don’t know, Woodrow Wilson, and be the populist. You can’t be the one to say we’re going to focus on rebuilding America if you voted to go to the Iraq war. There were 30 some Democrats who voted against that… Are we going to chose more leadership that is going to roll over and get scratched on the belly by corporations like a fat dog?”
Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC and civil-rights activist:
“We cannot have the party go back to the center. And we can’t have Rand Paul talking about Ferguson and race and not Hillary Clinton, when she is the senator from the state where the [Erick Garner] chokehold case… This is now a national, central issue, and anyone running for president needs to come up with a formula, or in my opinion, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously. I’m amazed that we’re not hearing from leading candidates – Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton.”
Dan Merica, covers Hillary Clinton for CNN:
“Many liberal and progressive activists don’t trust Clinton because they think she sides with big banks and big money instead of the middle class, and they’re wary of her on national security… Possibly the biggest concern among liberals is Clinton’s coziness with Wall Street, their big bogeyman. Since leaving the State Department in 2013, she has spoken at events sponsored by Wall Street giants like Fidelity, Goldman Sachs and Ameriprise Financial, and during her Senate runs and 2008 presidential run, Clinton defended lobbyists.”
Sally Kohn, a progressive and CNN contributor:
“If there was an actual, authentic ‘I am going to listen to you about your issues’ from Clinton, instead of kind of pounding the drum of inevitability and stampeding over the left on her way to assumed victory, that would be effective… You wonder if it is a pivot or whether she is saying what the moment demands.”
He concluded the column by citing Hillary Clinton herself:
“I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned [about Islam] has come from my daughter. [As] some of you who are friends know, [Chelsea] took a course last year in Islamic history.”
Norris noted Clinton was addressing members of the American Muslim Council on February 20, 1996 at the White House’s inaugural celebration of Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic religious holiday.
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