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Hillary Clinton Makes a Rare Public Appearance in Houston

The former presidential candidate gave qualified support to Trump’s missile strike against Syria.

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Hillary Clinton, Amber Anderson Mostyn, and Patsy Wood Martin at Houston's Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston on Friday, April 7.
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Over 2,500 people packed the ballroom of the new Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Houston Friday afternoon to see one of Hillary Clinton’s rare public appearances since losing the presidential election in November. The occasion was a fundraiser for Annie’s List, the Texas political organization dedicated to electing pro-choice politicians, and Clinton told the crowd that it was impossible for her to stay away.

“When I was back walking in the woods, I got an invitation to this event,” Clinton joked, referring to the much-publicized nature hikes she took to recuperate from her electoral defeat. “I found it under a rock. And I thought, wow, what could make anyone feel better than going to Houston to support Annie’s List?”

Before making her scheduled remarks, however, Clinton said she felt compelled to weigh in on the Syrian missile strike President Donald Trump ordered on Thursday. The crowd groaned audibly, but Clinton, who pushed for stronger action against Syria while secretary of state, insisted on saying her piece. Clinton expressed support for Trump’s recent action, but emphasized that it must be “followed by a broader strategy to end Syria’s civil war.”

She then decried Trump’s calls to ban Syrian refugees, which seemed to win back the crowd. “We cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies, and in the next breath speak of closing America’s doors,” she declared to general applause.

After getting Syria out of the way, Clinton turned to the ostensible purpose of the luncheon, which was honoring Amber Anderson Mostyn, a Houston trial lawyer and major Democratic donor. After complimenting Mostyn’s stylish green pantsuit, Clinton praised the Houstonian as a woman who “wants to chart a better course in Texas.”

Speaking from a single teleprompter, Clinton recalled first coming to Texas in 1972 to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern with then-boyfriend Bill Clinton, who helped run McGovern’s Texas campaign. While Bill stayed in Austin, Hillary was dispatched to the Rio Grande Valley to help register voters.

“I barely knew a word of Spanish, but it was an incredible experience,” Clinton remembered. “I sat at hundreds of tables talking with families, eating food, and drinking a lot of very strong coffee.” While in Texas, by her account, she also went dancing at Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, swam in Lake Travis (“probably illegally”), ate a lot of enchiladas verdes, drank “my share of Shiner,” and crossed the Mexican border at least once. “In those days it wasn’t that hard,” she noted.

Having established her Texas bona fides, Clinton went on to praise the state’s Democratic party. She commended state Representative Jessica Farrar’s bill that would fine men for masturbation and set a waiting period for buying Vigara. “The bill may be satirical, but the message sure resonated with women everywhere,” Clinton said.

She also pointed to signs of hope for the party in this deep-red state. Texas saw the biggest Democratic shift in the country, she pointed out, from a crushing sixteen-point defeat in 2012 to a nine-point defeat in 2016. And Clinton won an increasingly blue Harris County by a larger margin than any Democrat since LBJ.

Of course, Democrats haven’t won a statewide election in over two decades, and a nine-point defeat is still a trouncing. But Clinton made a compelling closing argument that drew on the party’s past to make a case for its future, highlighting icons like LBJ, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, and, closer to home, former Houston mayor Annise Parker.

“Think of all the great progressive causes and candidates who came out of Texas,” Clinton told the crowd. “If we stay true to their vision, I believe in my heart that this state will be as blue as the big Texas sky.”

As for herself, Clinton was cagey about her plans other than that she would continue criticizing the Trump administration when it attacks women’s reproductive rights. “I have this mantra now, which I constantly tell myself,” she said. “Resist, insist, persist, enlist. As long as we all do those things, we’ll be fine.”

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    Good comedians need material and Hillary has been a gold mine but recently we received this a new nuggett that is larger and never ending….
    “One hopes, despite all leading indicators to the contrary, that the absurdity of Chelsea Clinton answering presidential rumors with “So right now, the answer is no” will put an embarrassed stop to what Commentary’s Noah Rothman has described as “the contrived, media-driven campaign to fabricate Chelsea Clinton into a figure of political and cultural relevance.””

    They never disappoint us……Hillary was great today toasting Amber Mostyn’s ability to steal tax dollars.

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    Watch the government worker walk by @ 38 sec….

  • Wurty

    Losers, be them all.

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    Lehner, Koskinen, Farkas, WASSUP……et al
    “The reason I was so upset last summer was that I was getting winks and hints from inside that there was something really wrong here.”

    Useful idiots that have no issue with trampling on an individual’s rights as long as it benefits the dem’s agenda……lock ’em up….

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    Dems explain how government works…dem style
    ” Rice was “trying to explain how government works” to those who do not know.”

    yes they are arrogant idiots….

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    I’m mystified that more dems don’t go to jail….
    “By October of 2015, the former schools chief pleaded guilty to the charges and now faces a sentencing hearing.
    The trial was further complicated by former Obama chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who refused to supply the court with documents detailing Byrd-Bennett’s relationship with the mayor’s office.”

    They steal from the kids, they steal from the poor all under the guise of “fairness.”

  • John Bernard Books

    You don’t have to be a criminal to be a dem….
    “A former temporary elections worker in Granville County was arrested this week and charged with illegally accessing voter registration records and restoring voting privileges to 250 ineligible felons.

    Joy Yvette Wilkerson, 41, of Henderson is facing multiple counts of fraudulently altering voter registrations, which is a felony charge.”

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article142941099.html#storylink=cpy

    but all criminals are dems……and yes there is massive voter fraud.

  • John Bernard Books

    Gravy train is over dems….
    “In the new administration’s first White House budget, Trump ordered record cuts for a number of federal agencies, including a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 28 percent cut to the State Department, and a 17.9 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. It also proposed eliminating funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as the endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
    Meanwhile, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs both saw a 10 percent increase, as well $3 billion in resources for the Department of Homeland Security to bolster immigration enforcement and construct a wall on the southern border.”
    I’ve worked around government employees for years and this is looooooooong over due……cut cut cut.

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    More dems under investigation…
    “Uresti is the brother of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti.

    In February, federal authorities raided the senator’s law offices, where Tomas Uresti has worked as a legal assistant. The FBI has been investigating Carlos Uresti for more than a year, according to people familiar with the investigation, digging into his connections to FourWinds Logistics, a defunct oil field services company accused of defrauding investors.

    Three company officials already have pleaded guilty in the case and are scheduled to be sentenced later this year. Carlos Uresti’s consulting company, Turning Point Strategies, was also reportedly a target of the raid.”

    I suppose you don’t have to be a criminal to be a dem…..maybe

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    more dems caught….

    yes that does give instructions to government workers @ the IRS to target conservatives….lock them up!

  • John Bernard Books

    I can’t fathom how corrupt dems would be is Hillary had won….
    “The Post reports:
    The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump,”

    waiting for the flunky to defend….drain the swamp

  • John Bernard Books

    I can fathom this bozo being prez….
    ” In fact, Hillary managed to lay the blame for her loss on everyone except Hillary Clinton. This turns out to be a pattern, as an excerpt from a new book about the campaign demonstrates.”

    Dems love to be the victim….much like the bozo drug off the plane childishly screaming like a 5 year old.

  • John Bernard Books

    Going after Lois Lehner too…..
    “Two top tax-writing Republicans in the House are calling on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into whether former IRS official Lois Lerner unlawfully targeted conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/12/top-tax-writing-republicans-renew-call-for-doj-to-investigate-lois-lerner-over-irs-scandal/#ixzz4e9gXI8od

    how mean….

  • John Bernard Books

    I believe its called taxation with out representation….
    “This should not be in the “land of the free.” It is a sad graphic. And remember, much of your tax money is siphoned off by the cronies in industries which are connected and by those in government itself. You are basically an annuity.”


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    Why I banned pearl
    “”Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation,” he said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

    they just don’t get it…..

  • John Bernard Books

    How do you stop dems from committing voter fraud?
    “A criminal complaint alleging illegal vote harvesting by multiple elected officials and canvassers in Dallas County was filed today with the Texas Secretary of State’s office by Direct Action Texas, an organization focused on government accountability in the Metroplex.
    The complaint should come as no surprise to anyone who follows Dallas County politics, according to DAT’s executive director Aaron Harris.”

    you can’t it is in the dem dna…

  • The Gorn

    Please, please go away Hillary. How many times do we have to vote against you before you get it through your narcissistic head that we (Dems) don’t want you?