Hillary Clinton’s surprise Tony Awards appearance proves politicians trying to be celebs is cringy

A surprise appearance as an award show presenter featured a ham-fisted attempt at humor involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, women’s suffrage, and the 2016 election.

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Sunday in New York City, elites and those aspiring to be gathered at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the 77th Tony Awards. It was there that after a standing ovation, the former State Department head, U.S. Senator, and first lady riffed on her victimhood status to introduce a performance from her co-produced, award-winning musical, “Suffs.”

As attendees fawned over Clinton, the brief appearance had her hinting at her 2016 loss to now-former President Donald Trump as she expressed, “I have stood on a lot of stages, but this is very special. And I know a little bit about how hard it is to make change.”

Many may remember that on the night of Nov. 8, 2016, with supporters crammed into the Javits Center, the former secretary of state infamously did not appear on stage, sending out campaign chair John Podesta to turn away mourners who would not hear a concession speech so readily.

“So, I’m extremely proud of this original American musical by Shaina Taub – now two-time Tony winner,” she continued concerning the show about women’s suffrage. “And of course, it is about some American originals: the suffragists who fought so valiantly for so long to give women in our country the right to vote.”

Steering back to the politics of 2024, Clinton concluded, “It’s almost impossible to think about what a challenge that was, but now it’s an election year, and we need to be reminded about how important it is to vote, so please welcome the company of ‘Suffs’!”

As it happened, the hardly subtle juxtaposition of herself with suffragettes came only weeks after the twice-failed presidential candidate blamed women for her loss in 2016. Referencing then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into her handling of classified information on a private email server, she told writers from the New York Times, “But once [Comey] did that to me, the people, the voters who left me, were women.”

“They left me because they just couldn’t take a risk on me, because as a woman, I’m supposed to be perfect,” she argued. “They were willing to take a risk on Trump – who had a long list of, let’s call them flaws, to illustrate his imperfection – because he was a man, and they could envision a man as president and commander in chief.”

Clinton’s appearance also comes as the possibility of President Joe Biden being cast aside by the Democratic National Committee as their 2024 nominee is being increasingly discussed. During a recent appearance on Fox News with host Jesse Watters, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna expressed, “Right now, with currently what’s coming out of the White House, you know, a lot of people realize that Joe Biden’s likely not going to be the nominee.”

If the left planned on doing a 2016 rematch instead of a 2020 rematch, reactions to the secretary’s award show appearance were none too promising that she’d grown in popularity as everything from her style to her personality faced scrutiny on social media as many users echoed they “loathe this woman!”

Kevin Haggerty

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