Hillary Clinton must have been absent from law school the day they taught the First Amendment. How else to explain her crusade to suppress a viral video of five comedians taking shots at the former Secretary of State and first lady at a popular Hollywood comedy club?
A collage of the five skits lasting under three minutes in total was posted on the website of the Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has been trying ever since to get it removed. Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch notes:
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 [sic] before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
The five short performances that Clinton wants eliminated include some profanity and portions could be considered crass, but some of the lines are funny and that’s what the Laugh Factory is all about. The video features the individual acts of five comedians, four men and a woman. The skits make fun of Clinton’s wardrobe, her age, sexual orientation, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the former First Lady’s relationship with her famous husband. The Laugh Factory has appropriately titled it “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.”
Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a “prominent” person inside Clinton’s campaign. “He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada said. The Clinton staffer, who Masada did not want to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. He insists that the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended. “Just last night we had (Emmy-award winner) Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious,” Masada said.
Apart from showing Clinton’s total disregard for free speech, her actions show her to be extremely humorless and thin-skinned. We’ve had eight years at a president who loves to dish it out but can’t take it. Can the country stand another four years of a person like that?
Here is the video. (Warning: Profanity.)