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Hillary Clinton is a bad news magnet.
Back in March, Clinton and several other Democrats were sued by former President Donald Trump for falsely associating him with Russians. Trump is seeking over $72 million in damages, a sum that is triple the $24 million in legal fees and other damages he claims he sustained.
“Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty,” Trump claimed in a suit filed in federal court in his new home state of Florida.
The filing reads in part: “The Plaintiff, Donald J. Trump, by and through his undersigned counsel, hereby serves his suit against the Defendants, Hillary R. Clinton, HFACC, Inc., the Democratic National Committee, DNC Services Corporation, Perkins Coie, LLC, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias…”
“In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy.
“Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty.
“They worked together with a single, self-serving purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump. Indeed, their far-reaching conspiracy was designed to cripple Trump’s bid for presidency by fabricating a scandal that would be used to trigger an unfounded federal investigation and ignite a media frenzy,” the filing states.
Of course, Special Counsel John Durham is also hot on Hillary’s trail.
And just today, a judge in Durham’s first court hearing declined to declare a mistrial.
The New York Post reported:
A federal judge has shot down a bid for a mistrial by attorneys for Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann that was sought after witness testimony revealed he may take the Fifth at his trial for allegedly lying to the FBI.
US District Judge Christopher Cooper told Sussmann’s defense team and prosecutors he would deny the motion Thursday morning — but agreed to strike part of the testimony in question from the trial transcript.
Some Hillary supporters still find it hard to believe Hillary lost the 2016 presidential election. It’s now impossible for them even to watch alternate-universe streaming series based on her becoming president.
According to Variety, Hulu has passed on an adaptation of Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel about a 2020 world in which Hillary is never married to Bill Clinton and is elected president anyway.
Previously, Netflix aired a documentary series about Hillary Clinton, who was the first lady, secretary of state, and both times a presidential candidate.
Just months after the book was published, the adaptation for streaming was under development for two years. It’s just another example of media adoration for Clinton, despite the fact that the majority of Americans don’t like her.
In a Friday report from Variety:
Hulu has passed on “Rodham,” writer-producer Sarah Treem’s adaptation of the 2020 Curtis Sittenfeld novel that’s been in development at the streamer since summer 2020. But 20th Television is still is shopping the project to other streamers, now that Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning are attached to play Clinton at different stages of her life. In the package, Treem will write and executive produce, and James Ponsoldt will direct, with “Handmaid’s Tale” producer Warren Littlefield’s Littlefield Co. behind it.
The news of the shuffle for Rodham comes a few days before the TV industry gathers in New York from May 16-19 for the ritual of upfront presentations from the major content players.
“Rodham” — published in May 2020, and a New York Times bestseller — imagined an alternative universe in which Hillary Rodham Clinton met and dated Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, but never married him. Instead of the life Clinton has actually led, in “Rodham,” she goes on to thrive as a Northwestern University professor, and launches an eventual presidential run in 2016. Real-world events — such as rape accusations against Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump as a significant figure in politics — also play out in Sittenfeld’s novel, but in vastly altered ways.
As a series, “Rodham” would span decades, with Fanning and Danes playing Clinton at different ages. Should the project land elsewhere and go forward, it would not be the first time Hillary Clinton has been portrayed onscreen in recent years. Last fall, Edie Falco played Clinton during her First Lady years in the FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” Clive Owen played Bill Clinton, with Beanie Feldstein playing the role of Monica Lewinsky.
The movie adaptation of Sittenfield’s novel may eventually find its way to the big screen and viewers may get to see how this infamous October 2016 tweet actually happened:
Happy birthday to this future president. pic.twitter.com/JT3HiBjYdj
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2016
But for those Hillary who still live in an alternate reality and Hillary herself, this may be the biggest gut-punch yet: Even Hulu, which aired the unembellished “Hillary” documentary series, isn’t interested in “Rodham.”
If Hollywood begins shunning Hillary-flattering movies, it’s time to give up.