Did 'bitter' Hillary Clinton snub Donald Trump at 41’s funeral?
Current and former occupants of the Oval Office are coming together to honor a late member of their exclusive fraternity: the presidents club. (Dec. 5) AP
If you watched the funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush you noted how the atmosphere in the front row of the service got a lot chillier when President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived.
Melania greeted former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, with handshakes. The same with former President Bill Clinton. When it came to Hillary Clinton, however, all Melania got was a nod. And her husband was not acknowledged.
Instead, once Trump arrived Hillary Clinton looked straight ahead, solemn, unsmiling.
Some in the conservative media called Hillary “bitter,” and many referred to her behavior as a snub.
Is snub the right word?
During the campaign President Trump insulted the legacy of the man whose funeral he was attending. As well as that man’s son.
He said that the president seated next to him, the first African-American to hold the office, was not a citizen.
For more than two years he has said that Hillary Clinton should be in jail. And the week prior to the funeral, he retweeted an image of her, her husband, Obama and others behind bars.
When the president retweets such an image it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Just like it didn’t go unnoticed that during the service the only president who did not recite the Apostles' Creed, even though it was printed out on the program, was Trump, the man endorsed and supported by evangelical Christians.
Trump’s not-so-prayerful behavior received a lot of comments on Twitter. For example:
So, who should be getting the criticism, Donald or Hillary?
She said nothing to him. That’s true. But after having endured years of him saying she was a criminal who should be in prison, along with her husband, and recently having him retweet an image of her and her husband behind bars, I wouldn’t refer to her decision not to acknowledge the president as a snub.
I’d call it … restraint.
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