April 13, 2016

Clinton Takes Hits From Fellow Democrats On Honesty, Trustworthiness

Following a string of losses for Secretary Clinton that includes 8 of the last 9 contests, Democrats appear more willing than ever to criticize for the former Secretary of State.

Faced with Clinton’s abysmal public image, one Democratic strategist argued that Clinton’s honesty and trust issues come from a willingness to say or do anything to win:

“They’re pretty bad,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon, who connected the poor poll numbers to separate findings that show a broad number of Americans don’t trust Clinton.

“The No. 1 reason that her favorability is so bad is that you have large numbers of Americans who say they don’t trust her,” he said. “I could make it sound more complicated than that, but that’s really what it is. Voters see her as the ultimate politician, ​who will do or say anything to get elected.”

As Clinton and her chief primary rival Bernie Sanders spar over who has the best judgment to be president, Sanders’ spokesman appears more willing to hit Clinton on those same issues: “No wonder so many people say they don’t trust her,” spokesman Michael Briggs said when asked about a Clinton attack line on Sanders.

And just this morning, the first sitting Democratic Senator broke ranks with his colleagues and endorsed Sanders over Clinton. Though careful not to insult Clinton outright, Merkley’s endorsement of Sanders reads like a list of qualities Clinton does not have:

But as we look toward the next administration, there is far more work to do. We need urgency. We need big ideas. We need to rethink the status quo.

It’s unlikely that a year ago, when Clinton launched this campaign, that she expected to still be suffering setbacks like this in April 2016.