Politics

Clinton’s Temperament is Bad for Diplomacy

Hillary's insults of Right-leaning people and leaders could have foreign policy implications

Hillary Clinton has a temperament problem.

The country witnessed this on Friday evening when Clinton described half of Donald Trump’s supporters as “deplorables.” “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” Clinton claimed some of these people were “irredeemable” and “not America.”

“For France, anything is better than Hillary Clinton. Anything but Hillary Clinton. Because I think Hillary Clinton means war. Hillary Clinton means devastation. It means world instability.”

While the Democrat nominee normally controls her limited public appearances, keeping almost every utterance carefully scripted and never straying far from message, every now and then she does go off the cuff. When that happens she has a penchant for hurling insults at anyone opposed to her globalist agenda — even foreign leaders.

In her bizarre screed against the Alt-Right in Reno, Nevada in August, Clinton attacked former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. “Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi,” Clinton noted before spewing a litany of baseless charges.

“Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote ‘worth less’ than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race,” Clinton continued.

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Nearing the end of her hyperbolic tirade against Farage, Clinton herself noted, “this is part of a broader story — the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world.”

There is indeed a rising tide of right-wing populism and national conservatism across the world, which makes Clinton’s desire to insult those who support it that much more inexplicable. The salt-of-the-earth, honest working patriots Clinton would dismiss as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic [and] Islamophobic” are a growing majority across Western democracies.

Consider the following: Poland’s parliament, the Sejm, and executive are now controlled entirely by PiS, a national conservative political party strongly opposed to liberalism and mass immigration. There is not a single center-Left or far-Left politician anywhere to be found in the Sejm.

The Hungarian government is led by Viktor Orban of the Fidesz party, which also has a majority in the Hungarian parliament. Fidesz, like PiS, is strongly opposed to Muslim migration, radical social liberalism, and wishes to preserve Europe’s Christian identity.

In Slovakia, the nationalist conservative Slovak National Party is part of the ruling government coalition. In Sweden, the populist and nationalist Sweden Democrats are now the third largest party in parliament, while the populist Five Star Movement is the third largest in Italy.

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In Germany, the nationalist populist AfD is continuing an astonishing rise and challenging Angela Merkel’s CDU across the country, while in Austria the right-wing populist Freedom Party is now the largest opposition party and third largest party overall in parliament. In Switzerland, the right wing populist Swiss People’s Party is the largest party in that country’s federal assembly.

In Holland, Geert Wilders’ PVV (Party for Freedom) came in third place in the 2014 European Parliament elections, and continues to poll well nationally. In Denmark, the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party won nearly a quarter of the vote in that country’s 2015 election, becoming the second-largest party nationally.

In France, the Front National under the guidance of Marine Le Pen is also on the rise. In the 2014 EU parliament elections the party took nearly 25 percent of the vote, while in the 2015 regional French elections it took nearly 28 percent. Various polls suggest Le Pen would lead the polls going into the 2017 French national election.

This is the Western political reality in which a Clinton White House would find itself. The legitimate concerns over mass migration, national sovereignty, national identity, social cohesion, and Western tradition Clinton is eager to dismiss as the “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” concerns of a bunch of “deplorables,” are the growing concerns of legions of voters and political leaders across the western world.

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In such a context, a Clinton presidency could be a diplomatic nightmare. It’s hardly surprising then that a number of anti-globalist conservative leaders across Europe have voiced support for Donald Trump.

“I hope [Donald Trump] will be the next US President. Good for America, good for Europe. We need brave leaders”, Geert Wilders said in December 2015.

“I am not Donald Trump’s campaigner,” Viktor Orban said at a cultural event in Romania in July, but “he is the better of the open options for Europe and Hungary.”

“I listened to [Trump] and I have to tell you that he made three proposals to stop terrorism. And as a European, I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs,” Orban continued.

Marine Le Pen has been just a tad more direct. “For France, anything is better than Hillary Clinton. Anything but Hillary Clinton. Because I think Hillary Clinton means war. Hillary Clinton means devastation. It means world instability,” Le Pen said in August.

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