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Disclaimer: This article contains absolutely no original research. None. Nada. Zip. Special thanks to PolitiFact.com and FactCheck.org, the sources of virtually all of the material presented herein.
“The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be someone they’re not.”
As the election draws ever closer, we wanted to look back on some of the more memorable quotes from Hillary Clinton - specifically, the ones that are full of crap. As a politician, one can expect she’d stretch the truth here and there, but when someone publicly touts an outright lie, we expect to be told about it. That’s why we’ve collected our 4 favorite lies from Hillary Clinton:
1. Everything she’s ever said about the email scandal.
As most of us already know, Hillary came under fire when it was discovered that she used a personal email server to send and receive tens of thousands of emails during her term as Secretary of State. For those of you who aren’t aware, this is kind of a big no-no, National Security and all…
Hillary was quick to make the claim that “I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified.” Well, it turns out the FBI investigation found at least two emails specifically marked as such at the time they were sent, and 110 in total that contained classified information. Even if you dismiss the fact that the latter weren’t explicitly marked, she still lied about it and had the gall to claim not only that she hadn't lied to the public, but that “[FBI] Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people…” While Comey said he didn’t believe she had lied to the FBI, he explicitly avoided commenting on the truth of her statements to the public.
Furthermore, when questioned about her email practices in office, Hillary made the claims that what she did was “allowed,” and that “my predecessors did the same thing...” Not only has the State Department said that had they known about Clinton’s email practices, they wouldn’t have allowed it, but since the invention of the internet only one of her predecessors (Colin Powell) actually used emails for any significant amount of correspondence, and the rules were rather nebulous back in the early 2000’s. Perhaps she hadn’t known about the rules when she opted to break them, but instead of owning up to her mistake, she chose to continuously lie about it.
2. Those things she said about Bernie Sanders.
During the Primaries, Hillary and Bernie made some less-than truthful remarks about each other, as political adversaries are wont (not won't) to do. While Bernie has had his fair share of lies called out, it’s Hillary that ultimately came out on top (zing!), and so we feel that it’s worth examining a few of the statements she made about Mr. Berns.
On Meet The Press in May this year she said of Bernie, “Let me say that I don’t think he’s had a single negative ad ever run against him.” While maybe one could argue that she’s unaware of the plethora of existingads
directed at Sanders, it’s hard to defend her statement against this anti-Bernie ad her own campaign ran on Presidents Day this year. While it may be true that she faced the brunt of the smear ads from opponents in this race, it’s still blatantly untrue to claim that she’s alone in the attacks.
On April 9, Hillary accused Sanders of saying of the Clean Power Plan, “[it] is something Senator Sanders has said he would delay implementing.” Not only was this a complete fabrication, but it appears she knew that because she proceeded to refuse his attempts to refute that statement. Sanders has stated that he wants stronger clean energy initiatives, and while such changes to the Clean Power Plan would certainly delay it, he has made it clear on more than one occasion that he supports the bill. He even voted against legislation to block it.
Then on April 14, during another debate, Clinton claimed boldly that “[Sanders has] been largely a very reliable supporter of the NRA,” citing his votes against the Brady Bill, a significant piece of gun legislation in the early 90’s. While Sanders did indeed vote against this and several other pieces of gun legislation, he also voted consistently against semiautomatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, and assault weapons. Even the NRA acknowledges that they didn’t support him when they helped him gain office in Vermont, and they have consistently rated him poorly ever since. He may not be anti-gun, but he’s definitely not an NRA supporter.
3. She even lies about Trump, like he needs it.
Donald Trump has said his fair share of hateful, false, and downright creepy things over the past year. Regardless of your political leanings, it’s hard not to admit that you disagree with a number of his statements. That’s why it’s shocking - well, not exactly shocking, but definitely unwarranted - that Hillary saw fit to lie about him as well.
In a video played for the DNC on July 26th, it is heavily implied (via cleverly edited video) that Donald Trump “can’t say that” he treats women with respect. While Trump has certainly made a few ostensibly sexist remarks, to say that he admits an inability to be respectful towards women is a complete falsehood. The interview this clip was taken from, first of all, was conducted by Howard Stern. Secondly, the statement was part of a larger conversation that ultimately ended with Donald saying, explicitly, “I treat women with great respect.” Now, while that statement itself may be questionable, it alone plainly contradicts the message that Hillary conveyed with her video.
In her attempts to contradict Trump’s message about bringing jobs back to America, Clinton made the claim that “He doesn’t make a thing in America,” referring to his numerous product lines in a speech on July 29th. Yes, he does have a number of products manufactured overseas, but to claim that none of them are made in America is simply dishonest. As it turns out, several of his apparel items (notably, the ones bearing his campaign slogan) and his branded wine are indeed made in America. One would think it suffices to point out any of his foreign-made items if your goal is to undermine his position, but she had to go a step further and flat-out lie about it.
Then of course there’s the claim Hillary made on May 22nd about Donald’s tax returns: “The only two we have show that he hasn’t paid a penny in taxes.” This one is particularly interesting, because her one source for this claim comes from a report that shows five consecutive years of his taxes, three of which he actually did pay taxes. It’s a bit of a stretch to say that she simply didn’t notice the other three years’ records in the report, so it leads one to speculate from where she pulled the idea that we only have two. In all, it seems like she just can’t help but bend (ignore) the truth for a catchy punchline.
4. She may live in an alternate reality.
These notable fibs are of an interesting nature. Despite the facts, Hillary Clinton seems to feel that she’s not only more qualified than everyone, but also the lone champion of the people, doing what no other has done. For example:
In 2008, while campaigning opposite Barack Obama for the Democratic candidacy, she was asked what the difference was between her and then-Senator Obama. Her reply was “well, about 35 years of experience.” Wait, what? At the time, she had about 35 years of experience, but that doesn’t answer the question. In fact, it directly implies that Obama had zero experience in politics, when he had 12 years of state and US senate experience alone, on top of his other political projects. Even if she meant to say that she had 35 years of experience, as a response to the question it completely ignores his experience, which in turn ignores the question asked.
For a more obvious example, we can look at the August 17th claim that “[she was] the only candidate who ran in either the Democratic or the Republican primary who said from the very beginning [that] I will not raise taxes on the middle class.” Well, ladies and gentlemen, it turns out that not only wasn’t she the only one, but a total of 15 out of 17 GOP candidates straight-up signed pledges not to raise taxes on anyone, including the middle class. What’s even more ridiculous is that it’s not the first time she’s made such a claim, and it’s never been true.
Finally, there’s the time Hillary seemingly imagined being shot at: “I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said in regard to her 1996 trip to Bosnia as First Lady. “There was supposed to be some sort of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” She made this claim not once, but twice before being forced to retract her statements and admit that neither of those things were true. As it turned out, multiple news reporters and video footage shows not only that there were no snipers, and that no one ran to their cars, but Clinton even had time to greet a little girl and accept a poem from her. Odd to leave out such a detail, but I suppose we all “misspeak” from time to time.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, it’s over. Sorry I misled you - it was way more than 4 lies. This election season, we at DumpsForDemocracy want everyone to join the movement and acknowledge that every politician is full of crap in their own special way. If you agree, show your pride with some of our political dog poop bags! What you do with them is none of our business…