You’d think that, as someone who had to come out of the White House “dead broke,” Hillary Clinton would have learned how to work a subway card during that time. Or, since she’s running to be the “champion” of “everyday Americans,” you’d think she’d have learned how to travel like everyday Americans.
Instead, Hillary struggled mightily earlier in the week when she tried to demonstrate that she’s one step ahead of Bernie Sanders when it comes to hanging with the poor folk, and instead was unable to work her MetroCard to ride the subway.
Via the New York Post:
Hillary Clinton turned into a straphanger Thursday morning — struggling to get a MetroCard to work after she took a dig at rival Bernie Sanders for not knowing how the subway works.
“I’m proud to be a New Yorker. We don’t use a token on the subway,” she announced, mocking Sanders’ comments about needing a token to ride the rails.
“It was my first term when we changed from tokens to the MetroCard,” the former US senator from New York said.
But her MetroCard wasn’t kind to the Democratic front-runner, who needed five swipes to get past the turnstile at Yankee Stadium.
Watch her epic struggle as an everyday American below …
Clinton pulled the political stunt in an attempt to shame Sanders, who incorrectly told the Daily News that one needs to use a token to ride the subway.
Not realizing that tokens had been abandoned thirteen years earlier, Sanders then joked that “You jump over the turnstile,” to use the subway.
Local residents were asked to comment on the elderly Clinton’s inability to work a subway card and the elderly Sanders’ misunderstanding of how the subway works.
Here is an exclusive response from one New Yorker:
While most of you liberals are probably defending Clinton from her subway gaffe by saying ‘it’s no big deal,’ we just want to say ‘whoa, whoa, whoa’ on that defense.
After all, remember when President Bush was pilloried in the media for being baffled by modern equipment at the supermarket?
Hey, remember when the NYTimes used to mock candidates for things like Clinton's subway stunt? pic.twitter.com/woJ5nBI4HD
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) April 7, 2016
It wasn’t just the New York Times engaged in mockery of Bush and the grocery store.
Check out this PBS segment titled ‘Grandpa Bush’:
Narrator: When Bush flew to Japan with American automakers in an effort to create more jobs, he soldiered on despite a case of the flu. At a formal state dinner, he got sick on the prime minister. “These last two months have been the worst of my presidency,” he told a friend. “And the last year has been the worst of my political career.” Things would not get any better. The next month he was skewered by the New York Times for seeming out of touch at a grocers’ convention. He marveled at new technology that could read the bar code of shredded label. The New York Times said he didn’t know how an ordinary check-out counter worked.
John Robert Green, presidential historian: The story stuck because it fed in with what was being argued by his opponents, both on the far right and the Democrats, that Bush had lost touch with the American people.
With that in mind, the only proper response from the media right now would be to explain to voters that their ‘middle class champion’ is nothing more than a grandma who’s ‘lost touch with the American people.’
We won’t hold our breath.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider