March is Women’s History Month, and Senate Democrats found themselves having to adjust their dedication plan for it after Hillary Clinton’s longtime spokesman Nick Merrill spoke up about her not being recognized.
Senate Democrats tweeted about the celebration on Monday afternoon:
“Today is the beginning of #WomensHistoryMonth. We celebrate and honor the sacrifices and contributions of women—past and present—who have paved the way for future generations. Here’s to continuing their work toward equality.”
The dedication from Senate Democrats included the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Vice President Kamala Harris, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, first lady Jill Biden, former first lady Michelle Obama, and Stacey Abrams, as well as trailblazers like Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart, and Ellen Ochoa. It did not, however, include Hillary Clinton, the first female Democratic nominee for the office of President.
“Really?” Merrill replied in a tweet the following day. Other replies were not as friendly, with users angered that Clinton was not part of the recognition.
Senate Democrats responded with an addition to the dedication that included Clinton, a former First Lady, Secretary of State, Senator and major party Presidential nominee:
“We are dedicating this #WomensHistoryMonth to all of the incredible women who have broken barriers for future generations of women to serve, lead, and better our country. Follow along each week this month as we showcase a series of trailblazing women past and present.”
That tweet included images of Clinton as well other prominent women.
Merrill was not finished with his criticism, however, and on Wednesday tweeted “Dear @SenateDems here’s some light reading for you this morning,” with a link to a Medium post entitled The Erasure of Hillary Clinton.
The former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out recently that she wanted to see if Donald Trump “was talking to” Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 6, which was “the day that insurgents invaded our Capitol.”
Clinton made the statement to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an episode of her podcast “You and Me Both.” Clinton stated that she hopes to see Trump’s phone records to determine if he spoke to Putin on January 6, the day a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. The violence resulted in five deaths including a Capitol Police officer that was repeatedly hit with a fire extinguisher.
“We learned a lot about our system of government over the last four years with a president who disdains democracy, and as you have said numerous times has other agendas,” Clinton said to Pelosi. “What they all are, I don’t think we yet know.”
“I hope historically we will find out who he’s beholden to, who pulls his strings,” Clinton continued. “I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol.”
Clinton went on to state that the Capitol breach that resulted in deaths and numerous arrests showed that Trump’s “enablers,” “accomplices” and “cult members have the same disregard for democracy.”
Clinton went on to tell Pelosi that she agreed with her that Congress should create a panel similar to the 9/11 Commission to investigate what happened on Jan. 6 and whether there were any connections between Trump and Russia.
“Congress needs to establish an investigative body like the 9/11 Commission to determine Trump’s ties to Putin so we can repair the damage to our national security and prevent a puppet from occupying the presidency ever again,” Clinton tweeted along with audio from the interview.
During the podcast, Pelosi recalled a photo of her standing up and pointing at Trump during a White House meeting, saying that she told the president, “with you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin.”
“I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world,” Pelosi said on the podcast.
“These people, unbeknownst to them, are Putin puppets,” she added, referring to the rioters. “They were doing Putin’s business when they did that at the incitement of an insurrection by the president of the United States.”
The violence at the Capitol came shortly after Trump addressed his supporters at the “Stop the Steal” rally. Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and stop Congress from certifying President-elect-Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.