Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will no longer appear at an event thats slated to feature Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawai), a 2020 Democratic contender who Clinton alleged is being “groomed” by the Russians to split votes from the eventual Democratic nominee.
Both women were slated to appear at Fortunes Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington.
Clinton cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for her withdrawal, but a source told Slate that she made the choice not to speak at the summit after she learned Kirstjen Nielsen, who served as secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump administration, would be speaking there.
“We work with a lot of activists who are trying to do their best to improve this horrible situation down at the border,” the source said. “At the end of the day, its an easy decision. You have to side with them.”
One of the activists told Clinton that Nielsen would be at the summit, leading to Clinton dropping out of the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.
Clintons name and headshot were no longer on the summits website as of Oct. 19.
“While theres an argument to be made to hear all voices, there are those who fall outside of what should be the band of acceptable behavior and public policymaking,” the source said.
Dream Hampton, a filmmaker and activist, also dropped out, citing Nielsens scheduled presence.
“Fortune should not be giving Kirstjen Nielsen a platform to rehabilitate her image. Ive worked all my life to tell the stories of women, girls, and families. Sharing a stage with Nielsen, who separated immigrant families and put babies in cages, would have put a stamp of approval on her immoral and reprehensible actions and help legitimize the terror that Trump is inflicting on immigrants and communities of color,” Hampton said in a statement Read More – Source