How Hillary Hurt Me: The Sandy Hook Tweet Heard ‘Round the World

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As a die-hard Berner from day one, I’ve heard a lot of criticism of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  Starting last spring, the mainstream media and the Democratic Party establishment have done their best to sideline him as a kooky leftist ideologue.  As Bernie Sanders became more popular, the media increasingly ran skeptical reports questioning his “pie in the sky” proposals.  The experienced legislator was mocked as naive, foolish, divisive, and out of his league.

But not until yesterday was Bernie Sanders called cruel, callous, and profiteering.  In a highly controversial tweet, Hillary Clinton said:

@BernieSanders prioritized gun manufacturers’ rights over the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook.”

There is no justification whatsoever for this blatant attempt to score cheap political points by insinuating that Bernie Sanders was callous about the deaths of children.  And the fact that this tweet came after weeks of Hillary Clinton’s incessant whining about being bullied only adds to the outrage.  This upsetting tweet is even worse than the political sucker punch Clinton launched during the first Democratic president debate on October 13, when she attacked Bernie Sanders on gun control only moments after he generously chose to not address her e-mail scandal.

Between the October 13 sucker punch and yesterday’s tweet, it should be clear to all voters that the only bully in the race between Sanders and Clinton is Hillary Clinton.  I can tolerate listening to attacks arguing that Bernie Sanders is unrealistic and naive…but I will not tolerate attacks arguing that Bernie Sanders does not care.  If there is any candidate in the 2016 presidential race who cares about the people, it is the U.S. Senator from Vermont.

The only candidate who truly cares about citizens’ health care is Bernie Sanders.  The only candidate who truly cares about college affordability and access is Bernie Sanders.  The only candidate who truly cares about poverty and income inequality is Bernie Sanders.  He cares so much about these issues that he has exercised unprecedented political courage and proposed reforms that he knew would be mocked.

Bernie Sanders cares enough that he subjects himself to mockery, insults, and the disdain of the establishment.  It truly hurts me that Hillary Clinton would dare suggest that Bernie Sanders does not care about people, about children.  She could have said virtually anything else…but not that.

Before yesterday, I still thought Hillary Clinton was better for America than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  After that tweet, I’m not so sure.  The tweet was so malevolent, desperate, and cheaply political that it shocks the conscience.

If Hillary Clinton wants to discuss priorities, I would like to know why she has prioritized health insurance corporations’ profits over citizens’ health care.  I would like to know why she has prioritized college administrators’ paychecks over students’ education.  I would like to know why she has prioritized convenience over courage, especially in regard to her Iraq War vote.

Hillary Clinton only stands up against gun manufacturers because they are currently loathed by liberals – criticizing them requires no courage on her part.  Bernie Sanders displays tremendous courage by insisting that producers of legal products – even controversial ones – should not be sued for producing those legal products.  True leadership involves standing up for those who are unpopular and those with whom we disagree.

Even though Bernie Sanders has a D- rating from the NRA, revealing that he is very far from pro-gun, he has the political courage to stand up for what it right.  He knows that allowing people to sue gun manufacturers for merely making their legal products would open up similar liability to brewers, distillers, pharmaceutical companies, and the auto industry.  People could sue brewers and distillers over drunk driving.  They could sue pharmaceutical companies for people operating equipment while experiencing side effects.  They could sue auto manufacturers for producing and selling vehicles that were too large, too powerful, and could be used in the commission of crimes.

In the aftermath of tragedy, it is easy to give in to anger and demand punishment for anyone linked to those who committed the actual crime.  It is easy to blame gun manufacturers, just as it would be easy to blame brewers, distillers, drug manufacturers, and the auto industry.  True leadership involves a level head, respect for established law, and not giving in to anger and hate.  Only Bernie Sanders has met that standard, and he doesn’t play cheap politics.

Before yesterday I was only pro-Bernie, not anti-Hillary.  Today, it’s a different story.

 

Calvin Wolf

By day, Calvin Wolf is a high school social studies teacher. By night, he is a freelance writer and novelist, penning political thrillers and commentary on politics, education, economics, foreign policy, and culture. In the past, he's worked as a professional cartoonist and as a backpacking guide. He once stood between a mother bear and her cub and emerged unscathed!

20 thoughts on “How Hillary Hurt Me: The Sandy Hook Tweet Heard ‘Round the World

  • April 7, 2016 at 6:48 am
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    I will never vote for Shillary. These recent attacks on Bernie just show how vile she is. Nothing new here: vote rigging, DNC conspiracy, money grubbing, payments from the Saudi’s to the Clinton Trust tied to an fighter plane deal, sucking money from special interests, having a personal email server – avoiding FOI requests. How could anyone want a President like that? The DNC better not assume that Bernie supporters will come over to her in the event she wins the nomination. More likely to get low voter turnout, Republicans maintaining Governor and Senate races and finally control of the Supreme Court. The DNC in flames.

  • April 7, 2016 at 8:35 am
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    This is excellent. Thank you for taking your “homework time” to write. The universe cannot take another self-serving money worshipper who throws no crumbs. She is a corrupt icon for the 1% as she sees herself and her friends accountable for nothing. The FBI should be on her sorry ass.
    You are welcome to stay at my home if you ever need accommodations in the Finger Lakes area.
    Best regards,
    Sandy Bartone

    • April 7, 2016 at 8:36 am
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      I can take out the “sorry ass” line.

  • April 7, 2016 at 8:45 am
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    I really appreciate your posts and agree wholeheartedly. Thanks!

  • April 7, 2016 at 8:54 am
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    I agree 100% Hillary has reached a new low. To even say a man of such integrity and honesty would put children over guns is just showing how scared she is of losing. It also shows the American people she will say anything to get more power. She has to be stopped. Bernie Sanders will become President and with his help the people will take back our democracy.

  • April 7, 2016 at 9:24 am
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    I’m horrified that she would politicize a run for president off the backs of dead children. She has lost all respect from me. My vote was going for Bernie Sanders because I thought he was the better candidate. Now it’s going to Bernie no matter what only to keep her out of the Oval Office. I will write him in if I have to. Shame on you, Hillary Clinton! To are an embarrassment to women everywhere.

  • April 7, 2016 at 9:55 am
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    Clinton has lost me for ever, and I’m taking voters with me.

    Hillary has pulled her last twisted scammy blow, for me to ever consider any kind of support for her.
    I hope to God other people agree with me.

    I swear on my dead nephew and my dead niece.

    Bernie all the way! No Alternative.

    I am the uncle of a Sandy Hook victim.

    I am also the uncle of a beautiful niece, who was gunned down in senseless domestic gun violence, with in the last 3 years.

    Hillary has put out a shame campaign on Bernie, based on gun control and Sandy Hook.

    Bernie’s approach to managing reasonable gun laws and regulation is perfectly aligned with The Sandy Hook Promise. Established by the families of the victims.

    These are the clueless and heartless tactics that Hillary’s campaign is implementing.

    All just for her shameless greed to win the presidency.

  • April 7, 2016 at 10:08 am
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    The infamous blood libel. Here it comes again.

    • April 10, 2016 at 8:08 am
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      Clinton and her Cronies, such as the DNC and many (supposed) news outlet, and social media propagandists, have totally lost my support forever, and I am not alone.

      Her campaigns conniving, low life, unethical tactics, are the last straw for me.

      I am the uncle of a Sandy Hook victim.
      Hillary has put out a shame campaign on Bernie, base on gun control and Sandy Hook.

      Bernie’s approach to managing reasonable gun laws and regulation is aligned with The Sandy Hook Promise. Established by the families of the victims, of which I am a supporting member.

      These are the clueless and heartless tactics that Hillary’s campaign is implementing.

      All just for her shameless greed to win the presidency.

  • April 7, 2016 at 10:55 am
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    The skank Hillary has reached a new low! Not only is she dragging Sandy hook through the mud again with gun control,but she also has the nerve to question Bernie’s qualification when she is looking at possible indictments over her Emails,plus the Panama Papers. And god only know about her other scandals that are starting to surface.and like Bernie says about her foreign relations and affairs with Iraq was a disaster and her trade agreements back fired to.
    Now you want to talk about gun control Hilliary? How many women and children have you killed in the middle east while you were rakeing in millions of dollars in your weapons sales?
    Not only are you a liar,but you are the biggest hippocrit in history,as well as a embarassment to our country…….Please go crawl back into the scum you came from.

    • April 10, 2016 at 8:06 am
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      Clinton and her Cronies, such as the DNC and many (supposed) news outlet, and social media propagandists, have totally lost my support forever, and I am not alone.

      Her campaigns conniving, low life, unethical tactics, are the last straw for me.

      I am the uncle of a Sandy Hook victim.
      Hillary has put out a shame campaign on Bernie, base on gun control and Sandy Hook.

      Bernie’s approach to managing reasonable gun laws and regulation is aligned with The Sandy Hook Promise. Established by the families of the victims, of which I am a supporting member.

      These are the clueless and heartless tactics that Hillary’s campaign is implementing.

      All just for her shameless greed to win the presidency.

      • April 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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        I have to agree with you. She has been completely and knowingly misrepresenting his positions because she is willing to lie or do anything else if it furthers her only goal. She is now stating that per capita there are more guns involved in violent crimes in nye from VT than from anywhere else. Although it is technically true, because VT is a state with a low population. The facts are less than 1% of the guns traced in nyc came from VT.

  • April 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm
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    I made it to that conclusion only a few days before you, when her campaign tried to obstruct voters in the Nevada convention. #HRCisGOP is as reprehensible as The Chumpster. It is a sad state of affairs when the American people have not only accepted voting for the least of 2 evils, but have actually come to EXPECT it. I will never vote for evil again. #ImNOTWithHER (and I never will be.) DNC heed the warning. WE will not vote for HRC EVER. You are backing the wrong candidate.

  • April 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    Amen, Calvin Wolf. Today’s below-the-belt attack makes clear that Ms. Clinton and her campaign are running scared. Their “poor little me” moaning whenever Bernie Sanders tells the truth on them now rings very hollow indeed, and it should never be credited again now that they’ve resorted to such a cynical and low (and ludicrously false) attempt at character assassination. Psychiatry has a term for this sort of behavior: it’s called projection.

  • April 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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    I love this article , amazing reasoning. Wish Hillary and Bernie could read this.

  • April 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    Frankly I don’t understand where people are getting that Bernie Sanders is not experienced.
    he’s more experienced than Ted Cruz and Donald Trump put together, HRC seems like she has more, but several of her years on the hill was as 1st lady, her SOS job got her a little more experience in foreign diplomacy, but she really has nothing on Sanders.
    Furthermore, what makes anyone think a female president is going meet any less resistance from consevatives on the hill than a black man did.
    I will NEVER EVER TRUST HILLARY wether she is elected or not.
    Bernie Sanders is a once in a lifetime candidate, he will not achieve every thing on his wish list, but I TRUST that he will fight good fight, I have every CONFIDENCE that he is sincere and GENUINE. I know that on a mere $250,000 a year income, he feels the SQUEEZE of crippeled economy in very much the same fashion as all of US working stiffs. And I STILL know that he will never UNJUSTLY ENRICH himself at the expense the rest of us..
    HRC is just proving what a venom spewing serpent she really is.
    Thanks for the heads up Hillary!

  • April 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    That sir, was an amazingly well written article! I wish I had more to say that would make this worth your time but your article was moving at a time when it is needed the most and I just thought I would let you know. Thanks.

  • April 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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    Wonderfully written and the plain truth. I like the comparison with Trump. I’ve felt for awhile now there are similarities how Hillary and Donald campaign, all though the presentation is different. Attack and never answer anything.

  • April 7, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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    I was already very pro-Bernie and very anti-Hillary, but that was the lowest low blow of all her low blows so far, especially since I believe she is the one who really doesn’t care about the lives of people or their children, judging from her support of the Iraq sanctions and her vote on the Iraq war itself, not to mention Honduras.

  • April 9, 2016 at 7:49 am
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    Feelin that BERN!

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