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I Don’t Accept Hillary’s Apology for ‘Mispeaking’ About the Reagans’ Record on AIDS

Hillary apologized Friday after AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a “national conversation” about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease and were being stonewalled by the Reagan administration, who, in its narrow-minded way, saw AIDS as some God-driven retribution against gay sex.

Many activists remain bitter at the Reagans for what they view as a murderously slow response to AIDS. Though initial reports of the disease surfaced in 1981, President Reagan did not make his first public speech about it until 1987, by which time it had killed more than 20,000 Americans, and years of research had been lost due to lack of federal funding.

Reagan was outraged in 1986, when his Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, issued a report that recommended a program of compulsory sex education in schools and argued that, by the time they reached third grade, children should be taught how to use condoms.

Clinton made her initial comments in an interview with MSNBC during its coverage of Nancy Reagan’s funeral. Twitter exploded, accusing Clinton of misrepresenting history, insulting the 1980s activists who fought bitterly with elected officials to step up the response to AIDS, and betraying the dead who could have been helped.

Clinton soon apologized. “While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on HIV and AIDS. For that, I am sorry,” Clinton said.

So what happened here? How did Hillary come to “misspeak,” a softball term for a mistake and/or a lie?

I do not doubt Hillary’s advocacy for LGBTQ people. However, I do call her out for what was an example of something between poor judgement, 2016 pandering, and near-delusion.

Hillary was in politics in the 1980s and knew what the Reagans did not do for LGBTQ people.

She has worked for the rights of LGBTQ people directly while Secretary of State and knew what the Reagans did not do for LGBTQ people.

Her remarks at Nancy Reagan’s funeral were not off the cuff, but prepared, and no doubt approved and “fact checked” by her staff, and herself. Her statement was not a disputed statistic, a scrap of detail pulled out of a long speech by the basement dwellers of the Internet.

And she said it anyway, same as she claimed falsely to come under fire in Bosnia in the last election, and that she believes Bernie Sanders stands with right wing militiamen and receives Koch Brothers support.

Judgement matters a lot in a president, the ability to process facts, and build a solid, persuasive argument, as well. So I for one do not accept her “apology.” This was something other than a “misspeak.”