12 Mar

Hillary Clinton Apologizes After Shocking Praise For Nancy Reagan’s ‘AIDS Activism’ .


Hillary Clinton Apologizes After Shocking Praise For Nancy Reagan’s ‘AIDS Activism’ .
She was so out-of-touch with reality, it was baffling.
JamesMichael Nichols
Queer Voices Deputy Editor, The Huffington Post

The McGlynn: No Hillary surprise here.

Nancy Reagan is not why we did something about AIDS as a nation. The Reagan’s were obstacles, not advocates. What limited scope of understanding of the AIDS crisis does Clinton have to be able to say this with a straight face? It is a deep insult that Clinton received the Human Rights 2013 pioneer of the year award for finally supporting gay marriage.

(a) How many times does Hillary Clinton need to apologize before her supporters notice a pattern?
(b) She apologized for her vote for the Iraq War, but not until 2015 when she launched her presidential campaign.
(c) She apologized for calling young black people ‘super predators that need to be brought to heel.’
(d) She apologized for the handling of her emails.
(e) On and on and on

Now she’s apologizing for pandering to Reaganites for their vote. We all remember how callous the Reagans handled the AIDS crisis. One has to wonder where in the hell is Hillary’s mind? Rest assured that she did not misspeak. The Liar miscalculated, misled by her arrogance of the politics of getting elected above all ethics or morals.

To those democrats and independents who are undecided, please do your research on this person, and then vote for Bernie.

Hillary Clinton Shockingly Praises Nancy Reagan’s ‘AIDS Activism’

PREVIOUSLY: Hillary Clinton seems to need some reminding about what happened in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

The Democratic presidential candidate made polarizing, inaccurate — not to mention offensive — comments on Friday about the role that the Reagans, specifically Nancy Reagan, played in combatting the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Speaking to MSNBC during the televised funeral for Reagan, who died on Sunday at the age of 94 from congestive heart failure, Clinton claimed that Nancy and her husband “started a national conversation” about the AIDS epidemic when “nobody would talk about it.”

She said:

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980s. And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan — in particular Mrs. Reagan — we started a national conversation. When before nobody would talk about it, nobody wanted to do anything about it, and that too is something that I really appreciate with her very effective, low key advocacy but it penetrated the public conscious and people began to say, ‘Hey, we have to do something about this too.'”
Yet, as Teen Vogue wrote this week, Reagan actually turned her back on thousands of people, many of whom identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), as they died from the virus during her time as first lady.

Similarly, The Guardian reported last year that the former first lady withheld help from close friend Rock Hudson when he reached out to the White House while dying of complications related to AIDS in1985.

The Associated Press also points to a 2011 PBS documentary in which historian Adilla Black credited (with a caveat) Nancy Reagan’s friendship with Hudson and attorney Roy Cohn, who also died from complications related to the disease, for inspiring her to “encourage her husband to seek more funding for AIDS research.”

“I think she deserves credit for opening up the AIDS money,” Black told PBS. “But I could never say that without saying they never would have waited this long if it was redheaded sixth graders.”

“In the history of the AIDS epidemic, President Reagan’s legacy is one of silence,” said Michael Cover, former associate executive director for public affairs at Whitman-Walker Clinic, in 2003. “It is the silence of tens of thousands who died alone and unacknowledged, stigmatized by our government under his administration.”

Even Chad Griffin, the President of The Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Clinton for president earlier this year, spoke out on Twitter against her comments:

While I respect her advocacy on issues like stem cell & Parkinson’s research, Nancy Reagan was, sadly, no hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS

So, Hillary, let’s stick to the facts and avoid romanticizing the memory of the Reagan’s role in fighting against HIV/AIDS, shall we?


As his condition deteriorated, Hudson, in France at the time, reached out for help from the White House in getting treatment from a specific French doctor and hospital. The first lady rebuffed him, saying it would be inappropriate to offer such a favor for Hudson and “appear to favor personal friends” and felt, instead, it was a matter the United States Embassy in Paris should address. Hudson died from the disease only a few months later.

Once it became publicly known Hudson suffered from the disease, the nation began to view the epidemic through a different light. “If Rock Hudson can have it, nice people can have it,” William Hoffman, who wrote a play about AIDS, told People in 1985. “It’s just a disease, not a moral affliction.” As Bill Misenhimer, the first director of American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), said, “From an AIDS-activist viewpoint, Rock’s announcement was the best thing that had happened since AIDS started because, finally, people could connect a name to AIDS.”

With Hudson dead and the nation more familiarized, and humanized, to the epidemic, pressure began mounting on Nancy and Ronald Reagan to react. “The White House was resistant,” Gary Pudney, who worked with Elizabeth Taylor to plan the actress’s first AIDS benefit, told Vanity Fair in 1992. “But Rock Hudson being a movie star had a great deal to do with Reagan’s decision to do something.”

Taylor, one of the most famous actresses in the world at the time, knew that the way to White House recognition was through Nancy. Vanity Fair described the first lady’s reception to Taylor’s request as “frosty,” but within two years of Hudson’s death, Ronald Reagan was at the AmfAR Award Dinner.

The dinner, however, included a major gaffe, the product of the president and his confidantes ignoring AIDS for the majority of his term. “[Reagan’s speechwriters] didn’t know anything about AIDS, so we wrote the first half of the speech, where Reagan talked about compassion, justice, care — all the right things,” Dr. Mathilde Krim, a founding member of AmfAR, told the magazine. “We asked them to please not talk about mandatory testing, because it was not recommended scientifically, legally, or medically. We said it would elicit a furious reaction from the public. But one of Reagan’s advisers revised the speech and put it in.”

Elizabeth Taylor was left putting out a fire for the president: “The president mentioned mandatory testing and people jumped out of their seats. Then they started heckling him, so I jumped up and said, ‘Don’t be rude. This is your president and he is our guest,’” she told Vanity Fair.


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