One of the favorite pastimes of Donald Trump (among others) is relitigating the 2016 election. After all, it’s a source of pride for Republicans. Overcoming the odds and beating what seemed unbeatable was a proud achievement for conservatives, and, notably, still the only real achievement of Donald Trump since his entry into politics.
In fact, the obsession with the 2016 election result goes even further. Republicans can’t stop talking about Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that she’s not the president. Everyone from Congress to Breitbart/Fox News to Trump himself constantly talks about her.
Trump’s campaign members are being arrested? Call for an investigation into Hillary! Plunging approval numbers? Let’s all remember that time Hillary lost! Facing your weekly Trump scandal? Deep state, Hillary!
It’s a tired meme. Luckily for conservatives, and hopefully putting to rest any question or ambiguity, Hillary Clinton has just announced she’s resigning. From what, you ask? Why, Fox News’ presidency, of course!
Hillary announced her surprise resignation in a video exclusive via NowThis, which you can watch below:
Hillary Clinton is officially resigning as Fox News' president of the United States pic.twitter.com/4Ozyqz7Scv
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 17, 2017
“Well, at first it was somewhat surprising to see that Fox News, on an almost daily basis was saying, ‘We need to do something about the Clinton Administration,'” she says, “And the, you know, Hillary Clinton presidency.”
“And it’s only gotten more extreme in the last weeks, and so I want to take this opportunity, sitting here with you, to announce that I am resigning from the Fox News presidency.”
Twitter found her “resignation” hilarious:
The problem is, Republicans are never going to let it go. They’re never going to stop hounding Hillary. At this point, it’s almost reflexive. They have nothing else. You can’t take Hillary away from them.
Jordan Klepper did an excellent job breaking down the obsession with Clinton on an episode of “The Opposition” last month:
That’s why the coverage of her will continue. That’s why Hannity and others will continue to pretend like Trump’s utter and complete incompetence as an executive agent is somehow Hillary’s fault. The party of “personal responsibility” has none.
‘If the GOP was a friend of yours, you’d pull him aside, lay a comforting hand on his shoulder, and say, “Dude, she’s gone. You’ve got to let it go.”
‘But they can’t.
‘They were so excited about what these years were going to be like with a Republican Congress and Clinton in the White House. She would give them purpose and focus, the idea of vexing her and catching her in multitudinous crimes would be the thing that got them jumping out of bed in the morning. Just look at the energy they put into investigating Benghazi, in which four Americans died but there was never any credible evidence that Clinton did anything wrong: seven separate congressional investigations, culminating in a special committee that took 28 months to explore the matter, longer than Congress spent investigating Watergate or the Sept. 11 attacks.
‘But that was merely an amuse bouche of oversight compared to what they had planned for Clinton’s presidency. Subpoenas would fall upon her administration like a righteous hurricane of justice, exposing every bit of malfeasance and misconduct to be found. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), then the chair of the House Oversight Committee, two weeks before the 2016 election.’
It’s hard to argue with.
Is it any wonder, then, that they can’t let her go? A President Clinton would have given the Republican Party singular drive and focus. Instead, they’re left to govern, and every day they continue to prove they’re just not that good at it.
Faced with defending an utter moron like Trump or nonsensically attacking Hillary Clinton, the choice is clear for many Republicans – and that’s why it’s doubtful they will ever accept her resignation.
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