In a recent monologue on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, the network’s senior political analyst reacted to a recent statement by Bill Clinton, extrapolating that his out-of-touch rhetoric is evidence of an underlying problem plaguing the prominent political couple. The former president recently confirmed he would continue making speeches – and cashing the six-figure checks that accompany them – even as his wife pursues the Democrat presidential nomination.
“I gotta pay our bills,” he said, sparking fierce criticism of a man who has reportedly taken home more than $100 million in speaking fees since 2001.
One detractor, Brit Hume, joined host Bret Baier to explain what he believes is a pattern of evasiveness regarding the Clintons.
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“The political class has always had its share of clever and slippery players,” he said, “but Bill and Hillary Clinton are again proving that when it comes to sheer audacity and mendacity, they are in a class by themselves.”
Citing Bill Clinton’s net worth of roughly $140 million, Hume acknowledged that wealthy Americans do indeed have substantial bills to consider. Such expenses are often not applicable, however, where the Clintons are concerned.
“People that rich tend to fly in private airplanes and those bills do mount up,” Hume said, “but if we’ve learned anything lately about Mr. Clinton and his air travel, it’s that he flies private a lot – but mostly on somebody else’s plane and somebody else’s nickel.”
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He went on to skewer Bill Clinton’s assertion that nearly all of the controversies plaguing his wife’s presidential campaign are simply rehashed accusations from her first White House bid in 2008.
“That is not only true,” he said, “it can’t possibly be true since much of what has been recently revealed happened since then.”
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