Hillary Clinton invokes “plantation” image on King’s day

by on January 17th, 2006


“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about,” Clinton (D-N.Y.) told an audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ during an event sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

“It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard,” she added to thunderous applause.

It was a rare bout of bombast for the Democratic presidential frontrunner, who often dodges far less combustible topics when pressed by reporters.

Clinton’s comparison – likening Republicans to slaveholders – prompted a furious reaction from the congressional GOP, which has been beset by lobbying scandals recently and the indictment of Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) last year.

“It’s always wrong to play the race card for political gain by using a loaded word like plantation,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Clintons. “It is particularly wrong to do so on Martin Luther King Day.”

Etalkinghead Staff