Proclaiming she will not be held to a “special” standard, Hillary Clinton rebuffed calls from Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Republicans to release texts of speeches she delivered to Wall Street banking firms.
Clinton has said she will release versions of her speeches on the condition GOP candidates release the contents of their speaking engagements in front of the financial sector.
“Why is there one standard for me, and not for everyone else,” Clinton responded at a CNN Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening.
The New York Times reported Clinton was paid over $11 million for 51 speeches in 2014 and 2015, and in a blistering editorial, the Times demanded she release the speeches for public consumption.
Clinton earned $675,000 from three speeches to Goldman Sachs alone. One attendee at a 2013 function recalled:
“It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”
During a Friday interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Clinton repeated her vow to the public her close ties to Wall Street banks and paid speeches would not subvert her plans to continue regulation of the sector.
Citing Dodd-Frank as merely a foundation and promising to go further, Clinton asserted:
“I’m on the public record. I told them what I’m going to do. I said I’m going to go after big banks that pose a systemic risk. I want you to hold me accountable for that because I will do that exactly,” Clinton told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
“Senator Sanders accepts Clinton’s challenge. He will release all of the transcripts of all of his Wall Street speeches. That’s easy. The fact is, there weren’t any. Bernie gave no speeches to Wall Street firms. So now we hope Secretary Clinton keeps her word and releases the transcripts of her speeches. We hope she agrees that the American people deserve to know what she told Wall Street behind closed doors.”
According to a 2014 financial disclosure form, the Vermont senator has a minimum net worth of $169,025 and has $25,000 in credit-card debt.
Ah, the familiar refrain of the biter bit!
Once again, Hillary Clinton reflexively postures herself as a victim, the poor, scorned woman relentlessly pursued by the wily socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and the vile cabal from the opposite side of the political spectrum, the GOP.
Unlike Hillary, Mr. Sanders did not rake in untold amounts of cash from Wall Street appearances and the GOP is not campaigning against the financial sector.
Preferring to blame her speech woes on an irrational hatred aimed at her, Hillary has no intention of betraying the Wall Street society which feeds her insatiable appetite for money and Wall Street will not double-cross Hillary, expecting her to preserve the favor and advantage she vowed in her speeches.
The issue at hand is privilege: Delegitimizing what she disapproves of, Hillary sets the bar higher for her opponents and acts restlessly and impatiently as they venture to reply.
This matter, however, grants the audience riveting insight into Hillary’s character: It defines her as a deeply unprincipled deceiver with no further room to maneuver.
In Mrs. Clinton’s worldview, paid speeches are someone else’s passion. So close to the finish line, the former First Lady behaves as if the whopping fees she fetched for her speeches were pennies and the time spent was merely filling an empty space in her life.
Hillary is articulate in a worthy cause, provided the cause is her personal bank account or her dearest campaign slush fund, the Clinton Foundation.
Now confronting the unforeseen consequences of her unequivocal greed and duplicity in the form of ruinous backlash, Clinton obstructs with a caveat. She is running out of people to blame.
Aware the public realizes her ties to Wall Street are intimate, Clinton answered Sanders’ demand she release transcripts of her speeches by promising to “look into it” during a February 4 debate.
The public knows what Clinton was paid for “it,” but are kept in the dark about what Clinton said when paid for “it.”
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