October 30, 2015

Clinton’s Top 4 Say-Or-Do-Anything Moments… This Week

Over the course of her career, Hillary Clinton has shown an unnatural willingness to say or do anything to win. That behavior was on full display this week—even more than usual—as she made calculations to benefit her political prospects. Take a look at the four distinct positions Clinton “adjusted” this week:

1. Death Penalty: This week at an event in New Hampshire, Clinton said she believed the death penalty “has been too frequently applied” and came out in favor of states “beginning to pull back from either applying the death penalty or narrowing the scope of the cases where it can be applied.”

But that’s a very different Hillary Clinton than the one who, in 1994, lobbied for a “major expansion of the federal death penalty” through the controversial crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed that year. Additionally, in 2000, The New York Times noted that Clinton (then a candidate for Senate) “went out of her way to note her support for the death penalty.”

2. Veterans: Last week, Hillary Clinton told Rachel Maddow that the scandal plaguing our VA healthcare system was “not as widespread as it has been made out to be.” Rebukes of these inaccurate, out of touch remarks was swift. Senator John McCain blasted Clinton, as did the Arizona Republic—the hometown paper of the Phoenix VA, which saw 40 veterans die due to secret waiting lists and lack of treatment.

Later in the week, Clinton put out a partisan statement through her spokesman attacking Republicans for “pushing an ideological agenda” with the VA. The absurd claim has no basis in fact, and the Arizona Republic rejects the claim on its merits:

“[N]o one has injected the kind of accusatory, issue-dismissing language into the debate that Clinton has.”

3. Defense of Marriage Act: Last week, Clinton told Rachel Maddow that DOMA was signed by President Clinton and supported by her to prevent a further erosion of rights for the gay community. For starters, that claim is absolutely false, and was rated so by The Washington Post. In the interview, Clinton attempted to portray herself as never truly supportive of DOMA.

But back in 2000, Clinton told the New York Daily News that she would have voted for DOMA had she been in the Senate at the time. In 2004, she even went on the floor of the Senate to declare that marriage is “a sacred bond between a man and a woman.”

4. Republicans as Enemies: During the first Democratic Presidential debate, Clinton was asked “Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?” Clinton answered “the Republicans” (along with the Iranians). That drew a sharp rebuke from Vice President Joe Biden during a speech he gave in the White House Rose Garden and in other interviews.

Then suddenly, Clinton dropped her “enemies” line and began adding language to her stump speech about how “we’re all on the same team. We’re on the American team.” It caught the ear of reporters who had never heard this kind of language from Clinton on the trail: