The 2016 presidential election is the nightmare that never ends. Just when people adjusted to a new hellish political landscape of #fakenews, fascist undercurrents from the alt-right and Antifa, and a possible WWIII instigated over Twitter, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has decided to re-enter the public sphere by reminding everyone that last year is far from over.
On Sunday night, Clinton tweeted out an endorsement for the start-up media platform, Verrit.
Helmed by former Clinton adviser Pete Daou, the website describes itself as "a media platform for the 65.8 million" predicated on "justice and equality." The 65.8 million refers to the popular vote Clinton received in the flaming dumpster fire that was the 2016 election, which included Ted Cruz/Zodiac killer conspiracies, an alleged sex tape of Donald Trump, and this excruciating video of Mary J. Blige crooning macabre short-stories about police brutality. The site immediately crashed after Clinton's tweet (allegedly due to a cyberattack), leaving Daou and the Verrit team to further mythologize Clinton as a martyr crusading against an endless wave of right-wing antagonism.
A media platform marketed towards Clinton's base is a worse idea than a Kasich/Hickenlooper presidential ticket. Trump and Clinton were the two most widely-detested presidential candidates of all time, with Clinton's popularity decreasing in the wake of the 2016 election. Most presidential candidates see a small surge in their favorability following elections -- Americans feel sorry for them after their humiliation occurs on a global stage.
However, this was not the case with Clinton, partially because, similar to Trump, she feels the need to rehash the horse race over and over again. Whether it's blaming her loss on sexism, James Comey's FBI investigation, or Russian cyberattacks, she seems to relish in victimizing herself, unlike former presidential candidates Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry, and, to a lesser extent, Al Gore.
Yes, Trump victimizes himself day after day (blaming the media, Congress, and celebrities who haven't been culturally relevant in decades for his ineptitude), despite being a billionaire who won the presidency. However, what makes Clinton so exhausting is that she is responsible for giving us Trump and has failed to take responsibility. Her message failed to resonate with Americans (not once, but twice), and a carnival sideshow hawking merchandise on Facebook while tweeting about pundits' facelifts now rampages throughout the Oval Office.
Glenn Greenwald accurately appraised the forthcoming blockbuster memoir by Clinton:
Verrit continues the Clinton narrative of victimhood by finding new enemies to blame for 2016: Bernie Sanders (who endorsed Clinton at the Democratic National Convention), the media (who covered Clinton favorably compared to Trump), and voter suppression (more Americans voted in 2016 than 2012).
However, these reasons, along with the FBI investigation and DNC hacks, are all individual pieces to a larger mosaic that culminated in a doomed, mismanaged campaign, as discussed in great detail in Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen's book Shattered. That ultimately falls on Clinton's shoulders, and Clinton's shoulders alone.
In March, former Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon stopped by Yale University to offer his thoughts on party polarization to an audience of Machiavellian nerds who attend grand strategy conferences during the day.
Fallon admitted "the wind was blowing" against the campaign in the lead up to Election Day and that they had a blind spot for the "Breitbart Effect" and the "stand-alone ecosystem in conservative media," later bemoaning how political coverage mimicked sports coverage (Fallon became a CNN pundit immediately after the election).
It's evident that Verrit's purpose is to combat conservative media's "standalone eco-system." Like numerous political blogs, its intention is to entrench Americans further within their own silos where they consume media that fits their narrow worldview ("Hillary lost the election because of XYZ, not because she was a terrible candidate!").
However, attacking Sanders' base further divides the Left between progressives and establishment Democrats in a time when they need to reconcile their differences into a collected agency to secure victory in 2020. As millions of Americans align themselves with the "Resistance," career politicians such as Clinton seek a monopoly stake for personal gain. What the Left really needs are new leaders with fresh ideas, not another partisan website parroting talking points from an election that ended almost a year ago.
Davis Richardson (@davisoliverr) is a freelance writer and an alumni of America's Future Foundation's Writing Fellows Program. He has written for Noisey, Nylon, Bullett, The Daily Caller, and Wired.
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