Hillary's fake outrage at "pimped out" Chelsea
Am I the only one that finds Hillary Clinton's supposed outrage over the "pimped out" comment just a tad disingenuous?
Apparently, Hillary is so mad at MSNBC's David Shuster for saying that the Clinton campaign had "pimped out" Chelsea by having her make phone calls to superdelegates that she's now threatening to boycott the network's debates. MSNBC has suspended Shuster and issued a press release that says:
On Thursday's "Tucker" on MSNBC, David Shuster, who was serving as guest-host of the program, made a comment about Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton campaign that was irresponsible and inappropriate. Shuster, who apologized this morning on MSNBC and will again this evening, has been suspended from appearing on all NBC News broadcasts, other than to make his apology. He has also extended an apology to the Clinton family. NBC News takes these matters seriously, and offers our sincere regrets to the Clintons for the remarks.
OK, so it probably wasn't Shuster's finest hour, but it seems to be a case of an accidental allusion rather than a deliberate attempt to call Chelsea a bona fide hooker (sort of like when someone says "money shot" without really knowing the origin of the phrase). And one can certainly see what Shuster meant--the campaign is indeed using Chelsea to woo superdelegates. At this point, Chelsea is a grown woman (27 years old!) and if she's going to play a role in a political campaign, she has to be fair game. Is this really more harmful to her than what her father put her through with the Monica Lewinsky scandal? And why does Hillary seem to get outraged and cry whenever its politically expedient?
Feel free to disagree in the comments, but I'm giving Shuster a pass on this one.
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