Hillary Clinton hasn’t officially begun her highly anticipated 2016 presidential campaign, but it is already stumbling out of the gate with the latest revelation that the Clinton Foundation has been accepting money from foreign governments. This has elicited criticism from fellow Democrats, fearful that the party’s presumptive nominee is damaging herself beyond repair.
What’s even worse for Hillary is that members of the liberal media are also criticizing her, with Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein saying that the family’s finances will serve as “grist” for her opponents.
Klein, a former Washington Post columnist and blogger, appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and outlined what he sees as a potential problem for Hillary in 2016:
I think that the finances of the Clintons are complicated, have been complicated for a long time. There’s both the money Bill Clinton has raised from all kinds of donors, ranging from folks in foreign government to very large corporate donors, and then both his and Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees. And I think that when you look at what is likely to be dredged up on the Clintons, when you look at the things that are likely to provide new scandals or tough headlines for them, their policy positions are so well-known and their personas are so well-known, that I think it’s really the changes in their finances over the last eight or so or more years that are gonna provide a lot of grist for their opponents in the coming election.
Besides the foreign-government money, Hillary is still trying to recover from her disastrous book tour and her statement about being “dead broke” when they left the White House. Add to that her sky-high speaking fees and her hypocrisy on pay inequality, and you have the recipe for the potential of a real challenge from the left in the form of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Warren has denied that she will run, but if Hillary keeps stumbling, she may yet change her mind.
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