Hillary Clinton has become as scarce as the late reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes in his heyday. She was spotted Thursday night looking rather glum as she arrived at her fundraiser holiday party in New York City.
The former secretary of State made her arrival at the famed Plaza Hotel after being pictured sitting in the back of a black car as it was directed into the hotel’s loading dock garage. She made no effort to meet with the media crowded into the entrance to the hotel or the waiting admirers expecting a hello.
Meanwhile, the once-beaming millionaire donors like Vogue Magazine’s Anna Wintour dodged cameras. As recently as October, Wintour was pictured smiling as she arrived at a Hillary Victory Fund concert in New York wearing a Clinton supporter t-shirt. This time, her appearance gave the crowd the impression she wanted to be anywhere than where she was.
The entire scene played out more as a wake than a party to celebrate the hundreds of millions her deep-pocketed donors paid to back her failed presidential candidacy. Clearly it was not a party in the sense of the word defined in the dictionary.
It was a stark contrast to the beaming attitudes her financial supporters had during the recent election campaign before Clinton was beaten by Republican Donald Trump in the most stunning election in American history. Gone was the confident stride and wide open smile.
Clinton rose to the podium at one point to deliver a speech. She was joined on stage by her husband Bill, daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, running mate Tim Kaine and John Podesta. The mood was forced and uneasy.
It is unclear if Huma Abedin attended the event. The close Hillary aide has been a no-show at a variety of social events since the election. She has been saddled in recent months by the FBI investigation of her sexting husband, former disgraced congressman Anthony Wiener.
Clinton planned the costly party to thank those donors who doled out millions to the Democrat’s presidential campaign. Among the other guests expected to attend were Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, designer Tory Burch, investor Alan Patricof and billionaire hedge-fund manager Marc Lasry.
Nowhere to be seen at the party were many of the celebrities such as Whoopie Goldberg and Samuel L. Jackson who vowed to leave the country if Trump was elected. Perhaps they have already departed for parts unknown. It is a certainty that another no-show who vowed to leave, the Reverend Al Sharpton, cannot leave as long as he owes millions to the IRS.
Meanwhile, those that did show not only donated to Clinton’s campaign but also hosted fundraising events. Wintour had even used her position to have Vogue formally endorse Clinton for president. She was not spotted during the evening dancing on the hotel’s 4,800 square foot Grand Ballroom.
That very evening, President-elect Donald Trump continued his ‘thank you’ tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He has already been to Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina to greet huge crowds in states he won, thus handing Hillary Clinton the astounding defeat.
Trump wasted no time going after White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who has been pounding on him from the White House podium over Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Like so many Democrats who cannot accept they lost the election, Earnest is delivering his disagreement with the American election from the people’s White House.
Trump told a cheering crowd, “You know, having the right press secretary is so important because he’s so bad the way he delivers a message. He can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. He could say ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated ISIS, and it wouldn’t sound good, OK? Maybe he is getting his orders from somebody else,” Trump quipped.
The president-elect has avoided including President Obama in his remarks about the poor loser attitude of his party. He has been consulting with Obama by phone, praising the outgoing president for how he has been handling the transition.
Earnest, Obama’s personal sounding board, turned up the heat on Trump and his transition over Russian interference following media reports citing CIA sources that the purpose of Russian-backed hacking was to help Trump. He said incredibly, “It is just a fact, you all have it on tape, that the Republican nominee for president was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent, because he believed that would help his campaign.”
Earnest was referring to Trump’s obviously sarcastic remark at the debates that perhaps the Russians could retrieve the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton’s private server. The sniveling Earnest added, “It is not a controversial statement, I’m not trying to be argumentative. But I am trying to acknowledge a basic fact,” he said at Thursday’s White House briefing.
The nation is getting a close-up look at the party that considers themselves “inclusive.” Their behavior over the weeks since their historic defeat has been nothing but intolerant of anyone who does not share their set of values, whatever that is.