July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Top Lies & Exaggerations: DNC Edition

Hillary Clinton’s biggest political problem is that the American people don’t trust her. While the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server has been the biggest driver of that narrative, Clinton has been caught in a web of lies and exaggerations on the campaign trail.

Clinton’s lies have taken greater prominence since FBI Director James Comey’s devastating assessment of her email server. Since the last time America Rising catalogued her various lies and exaggerations, much of what she’s said has come under fresh scrutiny. See below for some of Clinton’s most egregious lies and exaggerations:

Clinton 1 Claim: Clinton long defended her use of a private email server by saying she did not send or receive classified material.

The Facts: FBI Director Comey disclosed that Clinton sent and received 110 classified emails on her unsecure private server.

Clinton 2 Claim: Clinton said numerous times that her unsecure private email server was never hacked.

The Facts: Director Comey stated that it is “very… possible” that “hostile actors” hacked Clinton’s email server.

Clinton 3 Claim: Clinton claimed that the her private server was acceptable because the “vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at their government addresses, which meant they were captured and preserved immediately.”

The Facts: Yet, the State Department’s IG Report said that this was “not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a Federal record.”

Clinton 4 Claim: The former Secretary of State has said that State Department rules “allowed” her to use a personal email for government work.

The Facts: Since 2005, State Department regulations have maintained that government work be conducted on government servers.

Clinton 5 Claim: Clinton told ABC that “I have provided all of my work-related emails” to the State Department.

The Facts: According to Director Comey, the FBI “discovered several thousand work-related emails” that Clinton neglected to turn over in 2014.

Clinton 6 Claim: While pushing her gun control agenda, Clinton claimed that the FBI needed “just one more day” to prevent Dylann Roof from carrying out his attack.

The Facts: In fact, the FBI says that they would have need two more months to prevent Roof’s attack.

Clinton 7 Claim: During a Democratic primary debate, Clinton had the audacity to claim that Wall Street was trying to stop her campaign.

The Facts: In fact, Wall Street interests have donated tens of millions of dollars to her campaign. Clinton has received the most Wall Street money of any candidate running for president.

Clinton Claim 8: Clinton claimed that during her time in the Senate “every piece of legislation” she introduced had a Republican co-sponsor.

The Facts: In fact, under 30 percent of Clinton’s bills had a Republican co-sponsor.

See below for some other all-time Clinton lies and exaggerations:

Clinton Claim 1: During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Clinton claimed she landed in Bosnia “under sniper fire” during the 1990s.

The Facts: Videos uncovered of then-First Lady Clinton’s arrival in Bosnia showed “a calm scene without any obvious danger”.

Clinton Claim 2:  In an interview, Clinton stated that she “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt”.

The Facts: PolitiFact rated Hillary Clinton’s claim “Mostly False” that she was “dead broke” when she left the White House.  

Clinton Claim 3:  Secretary Clinton claimed her e-mail server set up was in “accordance with the rules and the regulations in effect.”

The Facts: Federal Judge: Hillary Clinton “violated government policy” when she used a private server to store official State Department messages.

Clinton Claim 4:  When talking about immigrant stories, Clinton asserted that “all my grandparents… came over here.”

The Facts:  PolitiFact says it’s “very clear” that Clinton’s claim is “False.” In truth, only one of Clinton’s grandparents immigrated to America.

Clinton Claim 5: Secretary Clinton emphasized the famous Situation Room Bin Laden photo captured her reacting to the helicopter crash.

The Facts: In actuality, Secretary Clinton said  “early spring allergic coughs”, not the helicopter crash, are responsible for her reaction in the photo.

Clinton Claim 6: Passing DOMA was a “defensive action” to prevent further action against same-sex marriage.

The Facts: Independent observers  say that “any fair historical analysis” shows DOMA to be “a campaign tactic” by the Clintons.

 Clinton Claim 7: Hillary Clinton claims concern over the cost of college is the impetus for her college affordability plan.

 The Facts: While Secretary Clinton claims she has a plan to lower college costs, her family has “received millions” from universities across the country.

Clinton Claim 8: Hillary Clinton’s campaign has said they will go carbon neutral.

The Facts: Months after that pledge there have been no records that show Clinton moving to live up to this pledge, all the while she continues to fly around in private jets.

 Clinton Claim 9: In an interview, Hillary Clinton declared that the Veterans Affairs scandals are not “as widespread as it’s been made out to be”.

 The Facts: Clinton’s campaign was forced to immediately walk back the statement.

Clinton Claim 10: In response to questions about her tenure at State, Hillary Clinton claimed that there was “a long list” of her accomplishments.

 The Facts: Given multiple chances, Secretary Clinton has been unable to name a “marquee” or “proudest” achievement from her four years as Secretary of State. Finally giving her something in common with Iowa voters.