On Friday, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, chose an insult known to Native American people to describe her mindset in dealing with attacks from GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“I have a lot of experience dealing with ‘men who sometimes get off the reservation’ in the way they behave and how they speak.” – Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Clinton addressed the ire between the two campaigns.
The phraseology “men who sometimes get off the reservation’ was historically coined to describe Native Americans who were bound by early American treaties and restricted to the lands granted by the U.S. government. “When reservations were first formed, the Indians were not allowed to leave their plot of land, not even to hunt,” according to the U.S. Forest Service. Native American peoples were not granted full U.S. citizenship until 1924.
“I’m not going to deal with their temper tantrums, their bullying or their efforts to provoke me,” Clinton said, drawing parallels between Trump’s campaign and not so ancient historical segregationist disobedience.
Those who left the restricted lands were considered violators and as written by Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer, were arrested and severely punished. Dr. Olson-Raymer is a retired professor of History at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
The condescension aimed at Trump was another example of Clinton’s bizarre disconnect from the country’s minority populations and glaring lack of sensitivity for racial injustices born in their histories.
Friday’s comments weren’t the first time the former First Lady led an argument with racially infused commentary. In 1996, Clinton referred to black youth as “super predators.”
“They aren’t just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called super predators,” the current Democratic Presidential candidate said. To add insult, Clinton referred to the inner-city youth as if they were dogs. Speaking to a group of students at Keene University in New Hampshire, she said,
“We can talk about how they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
Clinton’s husband, Bill, the 42nd President, recently yelled at a protestor who wanted an explanation about his wife’s super predator speech.
Ironically, Clinton seemingly had no idea of the insult she had put forth when speaking of what she termed Trump’s “insult-fest.”