November 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton Is Facing Increasing Backlash For 9/11 Comments

During Saturday’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton’s linked her considerable support from Wall Street to the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“So, I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11, when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in Downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. It was good for New York, it was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who attacked our country.”

Clinton’s spin​ has drawn considerable backlash from members of the media and fellow Democratic hopefuls.

This morning, Joe Scarborough called Clinton’s 9/11 gaffe “Hillary Clinton at her very worst.”

​Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin said: “One of her weaknesses, besides having to defend the current president’s record, when she is forced off script her vast experience in national security, her ability to talk fluidly about the world comes undone. And we saw it there.”

Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley ​also hit Clinton ​hard: “I thought that moment, frankly, was pretty shameful, I don’t believe that people watching were applauding the notion that Secretary Clinton was pumping out this smokescreen and wrapping herself in the tragedy of 9/11. I don’t think they saw that as something appropriate to do, to mask her coziness and her closeness to Wall Street and all of the architects of the crash in 2008.”