CONSIDERING that Republicans in one state after another have purposefully and methodically targeted women for state interference, voting to inhibit a woman’s sovereignty over her own body, Clinton didn’t mince words.
“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,” Clinton said at a speech in Cleveland. “Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies.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.” [CNN]
The reaction from Republican 2016 candidates was swift. Reporting from CNN
“For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign,” said Allison Moore, press secretary for the Republican National Committee. “She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”
“Hillary Clinton just said a significant portion of Americans are the same as ‘terrorist groups’ simply because they disagree with her,” added Amelia Chassé, press secretary for America Rising PAC, an anti-Clinton opposition research group. “That is outrageous, even for a desperate politician slipping in the polls. It’s the clearest sign yet that Sec. Clinton will say or do anything to win.”
It should be noted that Hillary’s “flailing campaign” shows in polling that she can still beat every single Republican in the field.
Clinton doesn’t just “disagree” with Republicans. She’s willing to go to whatever lengths possible to oppose the right’s systematic dismantling of abortion rights that has been legal for decades.
Without mentioning Planned Parenthood by name, Clinton excoriated Republicans for targeting the group’s services.
“I would like these Republican candidates to look the mom in the eye who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening for cancer or the teenager who didn’t get pregnant because she has access to contraception,” Clinton said. “Or anyone who has ever been protected by an HIV test.” […]
“This is happening all over the country, even here in Ohio,” she said. “Programs and services women use to take care of themselves are being cut down.”
Planned Parenthood handed over an independent analysis Thursday of the videos that went viral over fetal tissues that they say proves the videos were altered. Cecile Richards made the case in a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker John A. Boehner, Senator Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Reporting by New York Times
Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry.
“A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” the analysis of a private research company said.