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.