On Monday morning, Hillary Clinton began the much-anticipated start of her next presidential campaign – or as she likes to pretend, rollout of her new book: “Hard Choices.” In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Hillary mentioned that she and her husband Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House after her husband served eight years in office.
A few things of note here – as I mentioned on Megyn Kelly’s program on Monday night – Hillary Clinton is completely out of touch with the American people and the challenges they face. The Clintons have always had steady incomes. Hillary was a high-powered attorney at the most politically connected law firm in Arkansas while her husband was Governor of Arkansas for twelve years. She also seems to have conveniently forgotten the $8 million book advance she scored in December 2000, just before leaving the White House. Maybe she misplaced it – like those Whitewater billing records. The millions in debt the Clinton’s were facing was due to legal fees from the various investigations they managed to get themselves into. One of those investigations found that Hillary Clinton gave factually inaccurate testimony under oath.
The Clinton attack machine is going to try and paint this as conservatives attacking her wealth – as Lanny Davis attempted to do with me. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. For Hillary and her liberal allies to run around the country fighting against ‘income inequality’ out of one side of their mouths while at the same time Hillary is claiming she was “dead broke” during a period in which she was raking in MILLIONS upon MILLIONS is hypocrisy at its worst.
At a time when millions of American families are tightening their budgets so that they can pay their bills on time and be able to afford their groceries, it is insincere of Hillary to cry “dead broke” when not only did they have steady income, but the cause of their debt wasn’t outside of their control. When the Clintons needed money, all they needed to do was call their wealthy donors. And that’s a fact. This is the Clinton manipulation onslaught at its finest, only this time, with social media and the ability for millions of Americans to fire back in real time, it fell flat.
This will be the first of many fights like these against the left we will have going forward. But if this media frenzy taught us anything, it’s that grassroots has the power to shape the conversation in the media. In the 90s, the press would have had the interview, then ‘reported’ what she said (and defended her) and that would have been that. Thankfully, with social media, the grassroots has a direct line to members of the press and can make their voice heard, and this week we did just that.
We have a long fight ahead, but as evidenced by this episode, we have more power than we did in the 90s, and even 2008. If there is one thing I can tell you from personal experience: there is nothing Clinton world hates more than being challenged. So join me in doing just that.
You can watch my full appearance from this week on this topic on Megyn Kelly’s show here: