Hillary Clinton has been a household name for quite some time. But back in 2000, when she was running for the U.S. Senate in New York, opponent Rick Lazio issued a dubious warning about her.
During a debate, host Tim Russert asked if Clinton thought she mislead the American people about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Russert was referring to an interview in 1998 where Clinton said the allegations about her husband were a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Her response was as follows:
From my perspective, you know, I’m very hopeful that we can go forward in a united way. That certainly is what I’ve tried to do. And I’ve tried to be as forthcoming as I could given the circumstances that I faced. Obviously I didn’t mislead anyone. I didn’t know the truth.
When Russert asked Lazio his opinion, he had some harsh words to say to the then-first lady:
What’s so troubling here with respect to what my opponent just said, is somehow that it only matters what you say when you get caught. And character and trust is about well more than that. And blaming others every time you have responsibility? Unfortunately that’s become a pattern, I think, for my opponent.
As Andrew Clark of the Independent Journal pointed out, 16 years after that debate, many people still think Clinton follows the same behavior pattern.
Clinton has offered so many lies and contradictory statements about her own actions in the State Department email scandal that it has become complicated to follow them all. When she has apologized, she has included qualifying comments like “even though it was allowed.” No, it wasn’t.
In the Benghazi terrorist attacks, Clinton aided the Obama administration’s false narrative that it was all the result of a video, avoiding responsibility for their own massive security failures. When she did admit wrong-doing, she of course included the qualifying comment that there will always be “unpredictable twists and turns.” And don’t forget her infamous rebuttal: “What difference does it make?”
As Lazio pointed out in 2000, lying only seems to matter to Clinton when she gets caught.
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h/t: Independent Journal