Ferdinand Magellan she ain’t. As a guest on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” the loser of the 2016 presidential election was given yet another public forum in which to vent her frustrations by dumping on the winner, whom at one point she called “a clear and present danger to our country.”
But when the topic turned to Pres. Donald Trump’s handling of the tense stand-off between a nuclear North Korea, its neighbors, and the U.S., Hillary Clinton showed herself to be a clear and present danger to world geography.
In the video that follows, she says:
We know we can’t get anything done in this very threatening situation if we don’t work with our allies. …
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The president has basically insulted and attacked South Korea. South Korea is literally, you know, within miles of the border with North Korea. They would be so at risk if something were done by Kim Jong Un.” [Emphasis added]
The highlighted characterization went unchallenged by Maddow, who may herself require some remediation in geography. Here’s a map of the Korean peninsula:
As is clear, the two nations share a common border, marked in red. To say that one country is “within miles of” a neighboring country suggests they are separated by water or an intervening geopolitically designated area.
There was a time not long ago that liberals attached some weight to a politician making a gaffe of this nature. In one of the most famous examples, the gaffe never actually happened. The claim that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house actually originated on “Saturday Night Live” and was falsely attributed to Palin.
Russia and Alaska are divided by the Bering Strait, which is about 55 miles at its narrowest point. In the middle of the Bering Strait are two small, sparsely populated islands: Big Diomede, which sits in Russian territory, and Little Diomede, which is part of the United States. At their closest, these two islands are a little less than two and a half miles apart, which means that, on a clear day, you can definitely see one from the other.
But the truth has less importance for the Left than the stubborn belief that liberals are somehow intellectually superior — this despite the fact one of the brainiest to come along in some time seems to think that Austrian is a language.