Recent remarks by Bill Clinton have sparked direct criticism from numerous political pundits this week. In defending controversial donations made to the Clinton Foundation, he equivocally responded that he and his wife had not “done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy.”
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer took exception to the ambiguous response, suggesting it is indicative of the prominent couple’s penchant for dodging tough questions.
“I love the phrase ‘knowingly inappropriate,’” he said during a recent appearance on Special Report. “Do you know any normal person who says that?”
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According to Krauthammer, there are plenty of similar examples. He went on to suggest one potential way to translate the Clintons’ rhetoric.
“This is classic Clinton speech,” he asserted. “Somebody ought to make a dictionary. We have a dictionary of Klingon – we ought to have a dictionary of Clintonism. This is how they parse; this is how they dodge.”
He continued by dismantling the former president’s assertions that there is a “deliberate attempt to take us down” and that the scandals affecting Hillary’s 2016 presidential run are holdovers from her 2008 bid.
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“That’s absolutely untrue,” Krauthammer responded. “The allegations are about what happened since ’08 when she was secretary of state.”
Other commentators have voiced similar criticism, including Brit Hume’s assertion that, “when it comes to sheer audacity and mendacity, they are in a class by themselves.”
Krauthammer concluded by evaluating Bill Clinton’s recent comments and determining that he is “very rusty.”
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