Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is once again getting under conservatives’ skin for pushing back on the notion she needs to go away.
At a recent Rutgers event, Clinton claimed that criticism that she needs to fade into the background after losing the 2016 presidential election is sexist, saying that they’d never say that to a man who lost. She went on to highlight the fact that 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney is currently running for the Senate, while past losing candidates either returned to the Senate or engaged in activism.
Apparently, conservative commentator Erick Erickson didn’t hear the part about past nominees, and decided to take a swipe at the former First Lady by claiming that other candidates had “disappeared.”
Hillary Clinton is the perfect loser for a selfish generation. In the past, the losing Presidential candidate disappeared from the stage. Not Clinton. It's all about her and you're sexist if you disagree.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 30, 2018
As you can see in that tweet above, the ratio reveals that Erickson got just a tad bit of pushback over his assertion. Below is a sampling of the type of dragging Erickson received:
Erick Erickson is the perfect pundit for an amnesiac generation. https://t.co/IpHdAHaZog
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 30, 2018
This is….not true? McCain, Romney, Kerry and Gore didn’t disappear from the stage. https://t.co/du3irqIAWH
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 30, 2018
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) March 30, 2018
In fairness, in the past, the losing candidate went back to the Senate… :)
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) March 30, 2018
2012 Romney running for Senate
2008 McCain still Senator
2004 Kerry later SecState
2000 Gore out of politics but climate activist
1996 Dole retired
1992 Bush effectively retired except ceremonial POTUS stuff
84 88 Mondale/Dukakis mostly faded away (I think?)
— Brian Chovanec (@Brian_Chovanec) March 30, 2018
MITT ROMNEY IS LITERALLY FUCKING RUNNING FOR SENATE RIGHT NOW AFTER LOSING TWO PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS!
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) March 30, 2018
John McCain and Mitt Romney say hi from the Senate
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) March 30, 2018
Is Hillary Clinton the only losing Presidential candidate you've ever heard of?
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) March 30, 2018
Did McCain, Romney, Kerry, Gore all fade away? You might ask yourself who is being sexist here.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 30, 2018
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