This should be an easy one for the Grandma Clinton press corps to dig into, considering her husband pardoned some of these same terrorists to help her win a Senate seat.
At the behest of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council rammed through a resolution Wednesday urging President Obama to grant clemency to Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
The resolution — approved by 41 of the 51 council members with eight voting “no” and two abstaining — bizarrely paints the 72-year-old imprisoned and unrepentant leader of the terrorist FALN (Fuerza Armadas de Liberacion Nacional) as a “decorated Vietnam War veteran and community activist” who received a “disproportionate” 55-year prison sentence for his crimes.
“This resolution calls upon President Obama to grant clemency to Lopez Rivera, so that he is immediately released from prison, considering that his continued incarceration is unjust and serves no legitimate purpose,” the resolution says.
However, it fails to mention that authorities say Lopez Rivera conspired to transport explosives with intent to destroy federal government property and committed other related crimes — or that the FALN was deemed responsible for a reign of terror that killed six people and injured 130 others in at least 114 bombings.
They includes the 1975 bombing of historic Fraunces Tavern in the city’s Financial District, which left four people dead and wounded more than 50 others, and a New Year’s Eve 1982 bombing at Police Headquarters that maimed three NYPD cops who tried to defuse the explosives.
“Oscar Lopez Rivera was convicted of extremely serious charges in connection with the FALN’s campaign of terror and murder in the United States, for which he has never offered an apology or shown any contrition at all,” said Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens), who voted against the resolution.
A Democrat opposing clemency for a terrorist. Now there’s a lone voice of sanity in a party of fringe extremists.
The council approved a similar resolution in 1998 calling on clemency from President Bill Clinton, who ultimately offered a controversial mercy deal a year later to 12 FALN members.
We urge these terror supporters to show up in force when Grandma relaunches he campaign in New York this Saturday. It’s worth noting the shifty Democrat frontrunner hasn’t changed any in 16 years.
She may still be the first lady, but Mrs. Clinton now has different political interests. She must simultaneously embrace her husband’s policies and distance herself from them. Even a master politician would find that a tall order – and, as she’s shown over the past few weeks, Mrs. Clinton is no Houdini, able to escape the tightest political handcuffs.
By first cautiously embracing the clemency offer and then abruptly switching sides, she managed to infuriate those she most hoped to please: a political constituency that forms a key part of the Democratic base and one she’s going to need if she hopes to wend her way to a seat in the Senate.
Mrs. Clinton’s explanation (actually, her spokesman’s – the would-be candidate herself has not been heard from) of why she reversed course sounds far too much like someone desperately trying to bail out of a position that has caused her nothing but political grief. Rudy Giuliani must have been chortling inside when he pointedly observed, “She originally strongly supported [clemency], but now she strongly opposes it. She’ll have to answer questions on why she changed her position.”
What’s old is new again.