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Bill Maher is no Hillary lover, and that’s fine. You don’t have to “love us, love our Hillary” for us to be conversant with you.  What we will not tolerate are unfair attacks on Hillary, and in this 2017 season, Maher has been guilty of that.

His worst offense this season came after Hillary spoke to California business women on myriad issues challenging working women from family leave, to discriminatory barriers, unfair hiring practices, and workplace bullying. During that speech in late March, Hillary briefly addressed two recent incidents where professional women, Representative Maxine Waters and journalist April Ryan, had been insulted. That part of her presentation occupied up to two minutes in a 55 minute speech.  Because of those particular remarks, Bill Maher attacked Hillary, suggesting that these comments were thin-skinned, were all she had to say, and ordered her to “stay in the woods.”

Hillary had far more to say than the comments he cited.  It was offensive, sexist, and unfair of Maher in the same way Sean Spicer’s treatment of April Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s silencing of Elizabeth Warren during the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings were. Interestingly, Hillary referred to the McConnell incident in that same speech, and Maher did not include that reference in his scolding.

Former candidates have every right to speak out.  Anti-Trump Republicans turned to former candidate Mitt Romney in their shock at their own 2016  nomination. I do not hear anyone telling Bernie Sanders to relinquish the talking stick. Why should Hillary?

Well, Maher earned a partial indulgence last night with one of his “new rules.”

He would probably have to walk on his knees from California to Chappaqua before he would earn a plenary indulgence, but this is fine. Other media personalities certainly were more offensive and inflicted more damage.  We’ll hold off on a final judgment until he gets through the whole season without again suggesting that Hillary should “stifle.”

Perhaps he now gets it that silencing women – especially in a week when a woman was convicted of laughing during those same Sessions hearings – might put you on the wrong side of history. Convicted of laughing – never imagined I would ever write such a phrase – not even in Duvalieriste Haiti.

We need every voice, especially Hillary’s, because she is the one with all the plans.  She knows how to get things done.  Maher is too smart a guy to play the Archie Bunker card.  It was good to see him roll it back enough to break our hearts again with what she would and would not be doing.  We will be watching to make sure he continues to refrain from bashing her. She deserves our thanks and support.

 

 

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Michael Flynn, who spoke at the RNC last week, appeared with  Bill Maher and brushed off the “Lock her up” chants at the convention as just sloganeering.  Really? Here are some dots.

Once-intimate colleagues say they have not seen Manafort, 64, in years and hear from him only in occasional email missives. His most recent firm, Davis Manafort, functionally broke up shortly after the 2008 presidential election.

As that campaign was unfolding in the United States, the notorious political fixer emerged overseas, playing a familiar role in an unfamiliar place: advising Yanukovych, the pro-Russian strongman whose ouster last month has triggered an international crisis reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel.

Prosecution of Ukrainian Opposition Leaders

June 24, 2011 by still4hill

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as they meet in Kiev, July 2, 2010. Clinton told Ukraine on Friday that the door to entering NATO remained open and she backed the ex-Soviet republic’s efforts to secure a new deal with the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Alexander Prokopenko/Pool (UKRAINE – Tags: POLITICS)

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 24, 2011

The United States is aware of the opening of the trial against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and reiterates its concern about the appearance of politically-motivated prosecutions of opposition figures in Ukraine. When the senior leadership of an opposition party is the focus of prosecutions, out of proportion with other political figures, this creates the appearance of a political motive. We urge the Government of Ukraine to refrain from actions that create such an appearance and undermine the rule of law in Ukraine. We will closely monitor the legal proceedings against Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures.

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Hillary Clinton on the Treatment of Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

May 1, 2012 by still4hill
Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 1, 2012

 


The United States is deeply concerned by the treatment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other imprisoned members of her former government. The photographs of Mrs. Tymoshenko released by the Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsman further call into question the conditions of her confinement. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that Mrs. Tymoshenko receives immediate medical assistance in an appropriate facility and request that the U.S. Ambassador be given access to her. We continue to call for her release, the release of other members of her former government and the restoration of their full civil and political rights.

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Yulia Tymoshenko walks out of prison, and back into Ukrainian politics

The guy managing Trump’s campaign whose delegates shouted “lock her up” also managed the campaign of the guy who in fact locked up his opponent after his election.  She was not released until he was ousted and fled.  But you had connected those dots already.  Is this just a slogan?

Let’s make sure Trump is never in a position to put any political opponents behind bars.

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