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.