Hillary Clinton returns to Philly to talk election, her book and the way forward

‘This is how deep the rot goes,’ she said of a Pizzagate heckler, who was escorted out near the end of the night

BY STEPHEN SILVER PhillyVoice Contributor

Throughout her run for president in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton was a pretty frequent visitor to Philadelphia, as part of her ultimately futile quest to win Pennsylvania. The Democratic National Convention, of course, took place at the Wells Fargo Center, and the Democratic nominee, along with her husband, President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, held a mega-rally on Independence Mall on election eve.

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Thursday night, a little more than a year after her shocking loss to President Donald Trump, Secretary Clinton returned to Philly for a promotional event at the Academy of Music for her campaign memoir, What Happened. At the event, which was sold-out but not quite full, with an audience about two-thirds female, Clinton was interviewed on-stage by Philly native and best-selling author Jennifer Weiner.

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Clinton discussed a lot of the themes that she’s touched on in previous interviews for the book: Overcoming adversity, opposing the Trump Administration, and coming to grips with all of the things that went wrong for her in the 2016 vote.

She also addressed the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals – and even fended off a heckler who taunted her about the debunked “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory.

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Her fiery response to the latter led to, roughly, one of four standing ovations throughout the evening.

“As a person, I’m okay,” Clinton said. “As an American, I’m very concerned.”


Hillary Clinton spoke at the Academy of Music Thursday evening before a sold-out crowd on a tour to promote her new book, “What Happened.”

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She assailed the Republican tax reform bill, which was being debated in the U.S. Senate as she spoke, while also having negative things to say about the President’s temperament and Twitter behavior.

When it came to the forces that she felt contributed to the election result in 2016, Clinton checked off everything from Russian interference to the James Comey letter to an unfair news media to voter suppression efforts. (She didn’t take a lot of the blame herself Thursday, although she admitted she certainly does do so in the book.)

“We got a great vote in Philadelphia,” Clinton said, noting that she had also performed well in Pittsburgh as well as other traditionally Democratic parts of the state. But, she said, her 28-point lead in the Philadelphia suburbs whittled down to the final margin of 13 following the Comey letter, leading to her defeat in the Pennsylvania, and ultimately, the election.

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When it came to sexism and the media, it was Weiner who brought up the elephant in the room, reading out a section of What Happened about the September 2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC, in which the host separately interviewed both candidates but was notably tougher on Clinton than Trump. That host? Matt Lauer.

“Every day I believe more in karma,” Clinton said to that, referring further to several “men who shaped the narrative” during the campaign who have since been sidelined in the wave of sexual harassment scandals.

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“The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women in politics,” she said, adding that she has encouraged many young women to get involved with politics, sometimes by running for office themselves. Clinton also declared that “I resign from being Fox News’ president,” noting the absurdity of personalities on the news network continuing to rail against her for hours each day, even with the election long over and someone else in the White House.

While there were no protesters visible outside the venue, a heckler rose in his upper-deck seat near the end of the event and shouted “Pizzagate is real!,” in reference to the long-ago-debunked conspiracy theory about Clinton and other Democratic leaders supposedly running a child sex ring out of a Washington pizzeria.


The man, who was escorted out of the auditorium and later seen talking with Secret Service agents, was recognized by a PhillyVoice photographer as Howard Caplan, a local man known for holding “Hillary for Prison” and “Pizzagate is Real” signs on Roosevelt Boulevard and at local political events. Caplan has made news for a series of incidents in the last two years, including his storming of the Christmas Mass at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul last year, and his having been assaulted at a protest demonstration last summer.

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Clinton responded to the interruption with a righteous rant against the Pizzagate theory – “This is how deep the rot goes” – which noted that a man had opened fire in the pizzeria while trying to rescue “children” supposedly hidden in the restaurant’s allegedly nonexistent basement.

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In addition to politics, Weiner asked Clinton about cooking, her grandchildren, how her Thanksgiving was, and even about whether she looks forward more to taking off makeup or Spanx at the end of a long day.

Hillary Coughing Fit

At one point early in the evening, Clinton launched into an extended coughing fit, the kind of thing that tended to lead to theories during the campaign that the candidate was concealing some sort of illness. Weiner attempted to fill the time by making a self-deprecating joke about her own last name, but knowing that Clinton’s history with a man of that particular surname is what led to the notorious Comey Letter, she may have not found it so funny.


Clinton is something of a divisive figure, and has been such for going on three decades. But with one exception, there was no divided reception Thursday night – among a theater full of people who paid hundreds of dollars to see the first female presidential nominee in Philadelphia one more time.


Clinton on Matt Lauer: ‘Every day I believe more in karma’

Clinton on Matt Lauer: 'Every day I believe more in karma'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented Thursday night on longtime NBC host Matt Lauer’s firing, remarking that she believes in the concept of karma a little more “every day,” Philly Voice reports.

Clinton was speaking in Philadelphia as part of her national book tour promoting her memoir, “What Happened,” which looks at her unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.

“Every day I believe more in karma,” Clinton said when asked about Lauer’s firing, before lumping him in with several other “men who shaped the narrative” who have been fired over similar allegations of sexual misconduct.

“The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women in politics,” she added.

Lauer was fired Wednesday morning after NBC News said it was alerted of a credible accusation of sexual misconduct against Lauer. Since the veteran host’s firing, several more women came forward to allege Lauer sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back to 2001.

Clinton criticized Lauer in “What Happened” for his handling of an NBC News “Commander-in-Chief Forum” just two months before Election Day. During the forum, Lauer frequently interrupted Clinton and pressed her on her email controversy. Critics said Lauer went much easier on now-President Trump during a separate interview.

“I was ticked off,” the former secretary of State wrote. “NBC knew exactly what it was doing here. The network was treating this like an episode of ‘The Apprentice,’ in which Trump stars and ratings soar.”

“Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush. What a waste of time,” she added.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack addressed Lauer’s firing in a memo to staff Wednesday morning.

“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender,” Lack said in the statement.

“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”


Hillary Clinton Gloats at Matt Lauer’s Downfall: ‘Every Day I Believe More in Karma’

Hillary Clinton took a shot at disgraced NBC host Matt Lauer in Philadelphia Thursday, apparently still stewing about a tough interview she received from Lauer during her doomed 2016 presidential campaign.

“Every day I believe more in karma,” Clinton said at the event promoting her campaign post-mortem What Happenedaccording to the Philly Voice. She was referring to Lauer’s firing this week amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Clinton reportedly went on to claim that several “men who shaped the narrative” during the campaign have since been sidelined by sexual harassment claims.

Clinton was given a grilling by Lauer in September 2016 at an NBC forum, infuriating her supporters, who were used to her being handled with kid gloves by sympathetic mainstream media journalists.

Clinton ranted about the episode at length in her book, saying she was “ticked off” by Lauer’s line of questioning.

“NBC knew exactly what it was doing here. The network was treating this like an episode of The Apprentice, in which Trump stars and ratings soar,” she wrote. “Lauer had turned what should have been a pointless ambush. What a waste of time.”

After writing that “Trump should have reported [Lauer’s] performance as an in-kind contribution,” Clinton admitted she fantasized about shaking Lauer:

“Later, there were rumors ginned up by fake news reports that I was so mad at him I stormed off stage, threw a tantrum, and shattered a water glass,” she wrote. “While I didn’t do any of that, I can’t say I didn’t fantasize about shaking some sense into Lauer while I was out there.”

Asked about the interview Thursday by host and author Jennifer Weiner, Clinton added that “the only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women in politics.”

Clinton also claimed that her campaign “got a great vote in Philadelphia,” although she went on to lose Pennsylvania in one of the most decisive results on Election Night.

The Voice reported on one particularly awkward moment, wherein Clinton “launched into an extended coughing fit,” similar to those she became known for on the campaign trail.

This reportedly led Weiner to make a “self-deprecating joke about her own last name”  — apparently referring to disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose sexual impropriety led to FBI Director James Comey’s decision to re-open the investigation into her email use just weeks before the election.

Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

James Comey Gloats About Flynn Guilty Plea On Twitter

Former FBI Director James Comey just couldn’t help himself.

Two days earlier, Comey published another cryptic tweet that seems to suggest he might’ve had advance knowledge of the Flynn plea – something that would’ve been improper given his status as a witness in the Mueller probe.

Shortly after his longtime friend and former colleague Robert Mueller procured a guilty plea from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who will reportedly testify against President Trump and members of his family, Comey tweeted a Bible passage in what seemed like gloating: “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”.

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Winston Churchill

Two days earlier, Comey published another cryptic tweet that seems to suggest he might’ve had advance knowledge of the Flynn plea – something that would’ve been improper given his status as a witness in the Mueller probe.

Moments after news broke about Flynn “flipping” on Trump, Flynn released a statement saying he acknowledged his actions were wrong.

 After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of “treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.

At the same time, Trump attorney Ty Cobb issued a statement about Flynn:

 “Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.

“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”