Thursday night Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally at East Los Angeles Community College. The reception Clinton got was likely not what she thought she would get.
Outside the venue stood several hundred demonstrators who came in solidarity and with their signs to tell Hillary that she was not welcome in East LA. Multiple signs called out Clinton for what is seen by many as her contribution to the death of Berta Caceres, a Honduran activist.
Berta Caceres was killed this past March. During Clinton’s term as Secretary of State and with the US government’s interference, Honduras went through a regime change which lead to the elevation of Juan Orlando Hernández to the Presidency. This change led to Honduras’s most bloody and violent time in its history, and the turmoil is only escalating.
One can rightly debate Clinton’s role in the death of Berta Caceres. While Clinton did not personally pull the trigger she did enable the coup in Honduras, and her interference led to the dissolution of another country’s democratically elected government. Clinton used the bad judgment Bernie Sanders has accused her of using. Yes, Clinton now says her interference was wrong, but the damage she did to an entire country should not be overlooked or underplayed.
The demonstrators in East LA where there to remind Clinton and the voters in California of Clinton’s role in the destruction of another county’s democracy, the same kind of democracy she says she will support here in the United States, at least until she gets her hands on it.
Are you really willing to take that chance? I know I’m not.