Rope a Dope: Hillary Restrains Press Behind Rope at July 4 Parade

July 5th, 2015 7:46 AM

Via Soopermexican at The Right Scoop, we learn Hillary spent Independence Day corralling her dependent traveling press corps behind a rope -- literally.

This is a prime example of how Hillary's imperious nature created a visual that telegraphs to voters how she wants to campaign in a bubble and isn't really interested in transparency. Can you imagine a Republican being able to rope off the press corps without it damaging their image? The Daily Mail reported:

As Hillary Clinton walked freely down a New Hampshire road, she shook hands and greeted residents with a smile.

But the members of the press accompanying her were a bit more restricted in their movements - as they were guided through the streets with a rope.

The former Secretary of State's campaign staff kept reporters, cameramen and photographers at arm's length as she joined a July 4 parade in Gorham - fueling speculation she is trying to control the media.

Speculation? How about fueling the realization she's controlling?

She joined the procession after spending the morning at a private residence in nearby Glen.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted: 'Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate.

She added: 'Spectacle of Clinton as candidate - press being pulled along with a rope, Benghazi protester screams "carpetbagger".'

Josh Jordan also wrote: '239 years ago America declared independence. Today Hillary celebrates that by roping off the press like wild animals.'

Josh tweeted this:

Hillary spokesman Nick Merrill tried to joke out of it:

"While the GOP may want to spin a good yarn on this, let's not get tied up in knots. We wanted to accommodate the press, allow her to greet voters, and allow the press to be right there in the parade with her as opposed to preset locations. And that's what we did."