In a room filled with famous celebrities and entertainers, the surprise star of the night was former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who read from Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury."
According to NBC News, Clinton's skit came in the form of a pre-recorded video, made specifically for the Grammys, where several well-known figures read from Wolff's book. These figures included John Legend, Cher, Cardi B, and Snoop Dogg, all of whom read controversial excerpts from the profoundly critical book about Trump's presidential transition and first year in office. Clinton, the loser of the 2016 race, read an excerpt from the book about Trump's eating habits.
"One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made," Clinton read.
Predictably, President Trump's family and supporters immediately criticized the segment. For instance, Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted that a "fake news book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency."
Then, in a follow-up tweet, he claimed that "The more Hillary goes on television the more the American people realize how awesome it is to have @realDonaldTrump in office."
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, remarked that Clinton's appearance actually "ruined the Grammys."
More surprisingly, Hollywood has joined Trump's family and supporters in thinking that Clinton's skit wasn't very funny.
According to the Daily Caller, Trevor Noah is one of several celebrities who couldn't resist criticizing Trump during the Grammys on Sunday night, but he also didn't very much like Clinton's cameo either. But not because he didn't think the book was "fake news" or that reading from it was inappropriate timing, but rather because the skit came at a very disturbing time: as reports were emerging that Clinton refused to fire a male adviser after he sexually harassed a young female staffer.
During his show earlier this week, Noah responded to a story published by the New York Times, exposing Hillary Clinton for keeping a top political adviser on staff after he sexually harassed a female staffer. Clinton, despite being aware of the accusations, decided it was best to keep the male adviser and re-assigned the female staffer. Noah was bothered by Clinton's hypocrisy.
“Look, there’s a few areas that I don’t necessarily expect Hillary Clinton to nail it,” Noah said. “Managing emails, visiting Wisconsin, you know, weaknesses. But I won’t lie, I expected standing up for a woman on her staff to be one of her strengths. So, the story is disturbing. Hillary learned that one of her female staffers was being harassed and instead of the man getting fired, the woman got reassigned?”
“It feels like Hillary’s not only trying to dodge all the blame, she wants to present herself as having always been on this woman’s side, which doesn’t fly,” Noah continued, “Because not only did the woman get reassigned, but this guy, Burns Strider, he went on to get another job in Democratic politics—where he got fired for doing the same thing to other women. So you could argue that if Hillary had fired him, she would have been protecting many women, instead of just herself.”
In an opinion piece, the Washington Examiner argues that Clinton's skit wasn't funny because it represented a major setback for national healing.
"Her audiobook stunt was a step back for the national healing she talked about in her concession speech. This wasn’t about unity, nor was it about humor," they write. "Clinton is within her rights as a private citizen to do this. But it’s not in good taste. Yes, she was invited, but an invitation is not a summons. Clinton appeared in the clip of her own volition. Her timing couldn’t be worse."
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