December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

Hi everyone —

We’re taking a one-week break while everyone is out of the office celebrating.

— The “One Year Of Hillary” Team

December 22, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Said That Hillary Clinton Was Beholden To Wall Street

What (Really) Happened, Day #27

There’s a reason Clinton World never convinced the Bernie Sanders wing to support them.

1. Hillary Clinton repeatedly said one thing and did another.

2. Bill Clinton slammed President Obama’s legacy.

3. Their supporters initially lobbied for liberal causes — but then switched teams when they were paid to do the opposite.

4. Their allies constantly attacked Bernie Sanders, alienating his supporters instead of appealing to them.


It wasn’t just Bernie Sanders, though. Lawmakers in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party always had an issue with Hillary Clinton’s proximity to special interests, even before she raked in more lobbyist cash than the entire Republican field combined.

One of those lawmakers was Elizabeth Warren, who in 2004 (!) criticized her for supporting controversial bankruptcy legislation and told the world that Hillary Clinton was beholden to Wall Street.


ELIZABETH WARREN: She voted in favor of it.


WARREN: As Senator Clinton [as opposed to First Lady Clinton], the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry. You know, a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals. It was consumer credit products. Those are the people. The credit card companies have been giving money, and they have influence.

MOYERS: And Mrs. Clinton was one of them as senator.

WARREN: She has taken money from the groups, and, more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.

MOYERS: But what does this mean, though, to these people? These millions of people out there whom the politicians cavort in front of as favoring the middle class and then are beholden to the powerful interests that undermine the middle class? What does this say about politics today?

WARREN: You know this is the scary part about democracy today.



December 21, 2017

Bill Clinton Slammed President Obama’s “Awful Legacy”

What (Really) Happened, Day #26

Bill Clinton is a terrible campaign surrogate, as this week has made clear.

The former president said he raked in six-figure paychecks per speech because “I’ve gotta pay our bills,” lied about his income from capital gains, and called Johnson Controls — the subject of a Hillary Clinton attack ad — “one of my favorite companies.”

Then he went even further.

In March 2016 — the last of President Obama’s eight years in office — Bill Clinton urged voters to “put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us.” The comment came just weeks after Hillary Clinton spent the South Carolina primary race cozying up to the incumbent president as someone who would continue his legacy.

(During that primary, the Republican National Committee released a hard-hitting ad warning Democrats that the Clintons’ loyalty would be short-lived: “Only With You When They Need You.”)

Bill Clinton’s insult — inadvertent or not — foreshadowed similar remarks he would make in October 2016, when he shredded President Obama’s signature law, the Affordable Care Act, as “the craziest thing in the world.”

“The people who are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies,” Clinton said.


December 20, 2017

Bill Clinton Called Johnson Controls “One Of My Favorite Companies”

What (Really) Happened, Day #25

Between his secret meeting with Loretta Lynch and the lies about his income, Bill Clinton was a nightmare on the campaign trail.

One of his cringe-worthy moments involved the Wisconsin company Johnson Controls.

For months, Hillary Clinton tried to make Johnson Controls the poster-child for tax inversions, a financial maneuver that many companies use as a means of reducing their tax burden. She called the Wisconsin company’s tax planning “outrageous” and proposed an “exit tax” to stop similar moves from happening.

In February 2016, her campaign even released a TV ad criticizing the company. The title of the ad was pretty blunt: “Johnson Controls.”

One month later, though, Bill Clinton stepped in it — accidentally admitting to a crowd at a campaign event how much he admired the company.

“At the same time that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been bashing Johnson Controls Inc. in speeches and television ads for moving its corporate headquarters to Ireland as part of a planned merger with Tyco International,” the Milwaukee Business Journal reported, “her husband, Bill Clinton, called the firm ‘one of my favorite companies’ and praised the work it had done in the clean energy sector during an event in North Carolina this week.”

It’s easy to make fun of Hillary Clinton for not visiting Wisconsin until after the election when she wanted to promote her book. But, with surrogates like this, maybe it’s best she never did.


December 19, 2017

Bill Clinton Lied About Taking “Almost No Capital Gains”

What (Really) Happened, Day #24

Bill Clinton’s interview with The Today Show in May 2015 was one of the weirdest we’ve seen.

As we noted on Monday, the former president told NBC News during this conversation that he would continue raking in six-figure paychecks for paid speeches if Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election because “I’ve gotta pay our bills.”

Moments earlier, Clinton said something equally curious: “I’ve taken almost no capital gains” over the past fifteen years, he said. The truth was a little different.

Here’s the New York Times:

President Clinton offered a defense of his personal finances in a television interview broadcast on Monday morning, saying that he had “taken almost no capital gains” over the last 15 years.

But tax returns filed by the Clintons from 2000 to 2006, the most recent available, show that they reported $371,000 in capital gains — generally, profits from an investment or property — in those years.


“A spokesman for the Clinton campaign,” the New York Times reported, “declined to comment on Mr. Clinton’s remarks . . .”

There were a lot of reasons that Bernie Sanders voters couldn’t trust a thing the Clintons said. This is one of them.


December 18, 2017

Bill Clinton On Accepting $750,000 For One Speech: “I’ve Gotta Pay Our Bills”

What (Really) Happened, Day #23

Hillary Clinton — who at one point had raked in more lobbyist cash than all of the Republican candidates combined — mastered the art of sounding out-of-touch.

Her husband was pretty good at it, too.

In May 2015, less than one month after the former secretary of state launched her 2016 presidential bid, Bill Clinton was asked whether he would continue to accept six-figure paydays for paid speeches if his wife were to win the White House. Was it appropriate? Would it lead to conflicts of interest?

His response? “Oh — Yeah. I’ve gotta pay our bills.”

Here’s how the team at MSNBC’s Morning Joe responded:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Wow. I, um . . . (crosstalk) . . . I’m sort of baffled . . . at the entire conversation, actually.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You know what’s so amazing about the Clintons. Their ability to paint themselves as the victim. So, here we are. The Clintons are racing toward a net worth of $200 million, and they are painting themselves as the victims of a vast right-wing conspiracy . . .


It wasn’t the first time Bill Clinton strayed from the talking points — and you’ll see this week that it certainly wasn’t the last.


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