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.