Hillary Clinton accentHillary Clinton held a campaign event in South Carolina on May 27th. While speaking to a group of women, she randomly infused sentences with a southern accent. Her behavior begs the question: If Hillary Clinton were speaking to a group of Jamaicans, would she occasionally sound like a reggae artist? Perhaps even more fascinating is the fact that multiple media outlets tried to normalize her behavior.

Here we have Hillary Clinton joking about not changing her hair color in the White House — while changing her accent (see C-Span clip starting at 22:30):

We’re up against some pretty powerful forces, political and economic, that will do, say and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America. I am here to tell you: I am not afraid to take them on. […] I do know how hard this job I’m seeking is. I have seen it up close and personal. You’re not gonna catch me wondering what it’s like. […] All our presidents come into office looking so vigorous. Think about what they look like on Inauguration Day. And then we watch them. They grow grayer and grayer. And by the time they leave, they’re as white as the building they live in. Now let me tell you, I’m aware I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage — I’ve been coloring **start Forrest Gump accent** my ha-ir for ye-ars. **end Forrest Gump accent** (Hillary Clinton, Columbia, S.C. May 27, 2015)

Years ago I traveled all over the U.S. for a job that allowed me to speak to groups of young people. Whether I was in Maine or Florida, Ohio or Texas, I sounded like a guy who grew up just outside Chicago. The thought of trying to change my voice and delivery into something foreign to who I was as a person never crossed my mind. That is why Mrs. Clinton’s behavior seems so strange.

If you work for CNN, Bloomberg News, The New York Times or a host of other media outlets, then my take is apparently the odd one.

CNN Hillary Clinton accent

CNN’s Maeve Reston is so in the tank for Mrs. Clinton that she won’t even call out the blatant projection of a line like “We’re up against some pretty powerful forces, political and economic, that will do, say and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America.

Immediately after Mrs. Clinton says some people will do and say anything, she adopts a Forrest Gump accent for a South Carolina audience. Classic. To Ms. Reston, however, it’s only time to try a Jedi mind trick on her followers: “These are not the accents you are looking for.”

The New York Times acknowledges the “twang,” but that’s about it. The tweet essentially boils down to: “Eh. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.”

NYT Hillary Clinton accentThen there is Bloomberg News, which actually released a YouTube video shortly after Mrs. Clinton officially started her campaign. The news outlet actually felt the need to warn the public ahead of time and to assure them that such behavior “is not terribly unusual.”

Hillary Clinton accent BloombergThose who subscribe to the politics of race, class, and gender would rather have a fake woman in the White House than an authentic man. There is almost no behavior too strange to mount a defense — if the politician has the right letter next to his or her name.

Mrs. Clinton is right: there are “powerful” people who will “do, say and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America.” She knows because she is one of them.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations hinge on convincing millions of people that she is authentic when she is not, and her friends in the media will do everything within their power to help create a successful illusion.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

  1. Ahh, the media. Are they not absolutely crazy-making? It’s like gas lighting us all. Up is down, right is wrong, this is normal. After a while you start to distrust your own perceptions which is really the result of a form of psychological abuse. Once you’re thoroughly convinced your own perceptions of reality are wrong, you will just accept their’s without question. Honestly, it’s downright Orwellian.

    1. The Bloomberg video that ran in advance of her campaign stop was the one that had me laughing the most. “This is not terribly unusual.”

      What?! It is unusual. It’s not even like she’s engaging in a back-and-forth with her audience. She was giving a speech while just dropping in for a few hours. That is the sign of someone who made a conscious decision to try and sprinkle in a “twang” throughout her remarks. That is weird. It’s something only a politician who spent most of her career living in a world without YouTube would do.

  2. Aaaaaagh!

    * * *

    Hillary Clinton, Columbia, S.C. May 27, 2015: We’re up against some pretty powerful forces, political and economic, that will do, say and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America.

    Capri: Such as you and your own party…

    Well, Hillary, that’s the whole idea, like it or not, there are people around who don’t go in for the agendas you and your party have been ramming down our throats via big media memes telling us all that Nanny knows best what’s for our own good. Dang straight we want something different from that for a change.

    And you are not spending anything and saying/doing whatever it takes to try and win so you can make a different America, one more to the liking of the democrats and their ideologies? I call Bollox.

    Hillary: I am here to tell you: I am not afraid to take them on.

    Capri: of course you aren’t. Because if you don’t win, you and your supporters can always fall back on the old feminist victimhood card, the trick used last time – whine about how “America hates women” funny how that outcry goes away completely when your party talks about republican women.

    Yes, the last time Hillary lost out, a local station had a segment on a supposed news show where they claimed they were going to talk about why Hillary failed. Instead of talking about how she gaffed in her campaign, instead of bringing up the birther stuff, which the Clinton campaign had actually started, instead of talking about how horrible the liberal platform and agendas were, they had some feminists on, mewling about how they believed Hillary didn’t get in because she was a woman.

    Oh, give me a picking break!

    I shut the idiot box off in disgust. This was what passed for news…

    Hillary: […] I do know how hard this job I’m seeking is.

    Capri: Of course you do. You failed last time, and now you hope the odds will have changed. Unfortunately they just might have if enough of the public has swallowed all that “glass ceiling” crap pumped out in “Girl power!” feminism propaganda commercials blasted over the NBC airwaves.

    Hillary: I have seen it up close and personal.

    Capri: And you failed last time… So, what now? Double down on the suffrage stuff and bully your way in through a guilt/sympathy vote?

    Hillary: You’re not gonna catch me wondering what it’s like.

    Capri: Gosh, ‘dems real fightin” words, Hills…

    The reason you would not get my vote is because you’re in a party that has a bunch of agendas I don’t support. Plain and simple.

    Hillary: […] All our presidents come into office looking so vigorous. Think about what they look like on Inauguration Day.

    Capri: So what? I don’t care. Here you are, going on about appearance. Are you for real? Sheesh.

    Hillary: And then we watch them. They grow grayer and and grayer. And by the time they leave, they’re as white as the building they live in.

    Capri: Oh my gosh, you actually said that? The aging process and its effect on hair color bugs you that much? Lady, I’ve got news for you – it doesn’t matter one iota how gray anyone’s hair gets. It doesn’t make their personalities and beliefs change. Golly, this has got to be the most pointless, shallow excuse of a speech from anyone trying to run for US president that I’ve heard.

    Hillary: Now let me tell you,

    Capri: No thanks. You’ve already told me more about yourself and your appearance issues than I ever cared to learn. If you get elected, america will be headed for trouble.

    Hillary: I’m aware I may not be the youngest candidate in this race,

    Capri: Again, who – gives – a – hoot?

    Hillary: but I have one big advantage — I’ve been coloring **start Forrest Gump accent** my ha-ir for ye-ars.

    Capri: Oh, please, pass me a barf bag, this shallow trash is making me sick.

    Since when is colouring your hair an advantage? And don’t give me this fatalist liberal-minded crap about women being less likely to get a job because they don’t look young and “beautiful” I rejected that whinging, not to mention futile, media-promoted meme ages ago.

    You should get in because you’re a woman who colors her hair and changes accents and voices on a whim?

    Know what I do whenever the idiot box spews out one of those commercial blasts telling women we should use this or that to cover up wrinkles and color our hair to look more “youthful” and “beautiful”? I change the channel or turn it off, and don’t buy those products. What’s to admire in someone who thinks they have to try to look not a day over 20 their entire life?

    If you want to color your hair just because you really like a certain color and it gives you pleasure to see your hair that color, fine, that’s your choice.

    You however, appear to have assimilated into the borgish “You need to do whatever it takes just to look younger and more *cough* ‘beautiful’ than society probably thinks you are” crap.

    And then the feminism part of the liberal ideology gets to look around and simper about how women are “expected” to do exactly what you have done.

    You’ve got it all wrong.

    The real advantage to living in North America is that you don’t have to listen to and obey the media always telling you how you need to improve your looks, you are not required to color your hair or to wear a head-scarf or vale, as a woman trying to run for president, or as a woman just living an average and relatively anonymous existence in comparison.

    Over and out.

  3. Haha, southern Hillary is the best because it shows a desperate attempt to “be one of us” and she fails miserably. The left would rather concentrate on this because accents and hair color are easier to discuss than some of the more dubious parts of her political record….though if we are to be so superficial, with those moo-moo pant-suits, Hillary is one fake military medal away from looking like Kim Jung Un, she may want to watch that!

    Anyways, her horrid campaigning did her in last time, clearly she can’t function when it’s not a 100% staged event like her recent Iowa forays. Even with a friendly media, at some point she will have to answer some difficult questions, we’ll see if her southern charm helps her then.

    1. To be fair, that Tshirt is no stupider than Santorum supporters wearing that silly sweater vest the last time around. Hopefully things get serious and we elect a good candidate.

  4. I remember seeing an article by The Hill recently that was almost entirely about Hillary coloring her hair. Someone I follow on Twitter shared it while sarcastically saying, “HARD-HITTING WATCHDOG JOURNALISM NEWSFLASH.” Many in the media would rather fawn over their preferred candidate while sweeping questionable actions under the rug. It’s going on right now with that disgusting “satire” Bernie Sanders wrote. I know that if Ted Cruz had written it, everyone would be railing against him and calling him a pervert.

    1. It’s really disgusting how hypocritical they are. I’ve seen hoaxes and *cough* “satire” pulled off by liberals, getting tons of kudos and lolz, while at the very same kind of stuff coming from the non-left, these people howl “Pants in fire lies!” or “Wingnut!” and such vitriol they should be hurling at their own jokers as well. So, looks like I’ll have another one to smash. I’ll tear that Bernie Sanders piece apart, too.

  5. Aaaaaagh! *Scowl* Just googled the Bernie Sanders thing. Rape is damnable if you ask me, and yes, it happens to both genders, committed by both… And it’s a subject that never ever – *EVER* should be in a satire, no matter who wrote it. It doesn’t look as if too many people are impressed with it, but yes, you can bet the democrats are going to cry “Distraction! Distraction!” while trying desperately to sweep this under the rug, triple quick! It would be shameful if someone on the non-left wrote this sludge, but the last commenter and Christian Post had it right, the liberals would be having a big “lulz” about it for the next decade. I’m glad it was someone on the left who wrote it, the disgrace of it isn’t coming from the non-left, and that is great.

    You know, whether it’s feminist dystopic sexism or socially inept drongos writing tasteless excuses of “satire” it seems to me that liberals have rape on the brain. It’s like they just can’t stop thinking about it and have this impulse to insert it wherever and whenever they can. So, in one breath, they propose to condemn it, and in the next, they are huffing that some joker in their ranks was only joking and that the opposition is being unfair by bringing it up.

    *Rolling eyes*

    Bernie Sanders and those who want to whitewash this claim it was a “stupid” attempt at dark satire. I say it went far beyond mere stupidity and into the realm of depravity. I don’t care what his excuse was for writing it. The highlighting bad stereotypes bit doesn’t cut it.

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