Hillary Goes After Comedians

Judicial Watch reports, “Clinton Goes after Laugh Factory Comedians for Making Fun of Her.”

In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.

A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Practically all of the country’s most acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory and undoubtedly they have offended politicians and other well-known personalities with their standup routines. Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the Laugh Factory. The First Amendment right to free speech is a crucial component of the operation, though Masada drew the line a few years ago banning performers—including African Americans—from using the “n-word” in their acts.

I suppose I’ll state the obvious though it shouldn’t need to be said. What is described in the report goes to the heart of the United States’ system of governance. Hillary Clinton says she wants to be President of that government but this alone should disqualify her from that office. (Arguably there are a lot of other reasons, but even apart from all of them, this proves she can’t be entrusted with that power.)

The same would be true of anyone else, from Jeb Bush to Ted Cruz to Rand Paul.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or Republican. If you don’t understand that this disregard for the First Amendment means that such a person is unwothy of public office, then you are just as much a part of the problems as she is.

Perhaps she will claim that she was confused.