“Poor Hillary Clinton” Takes Hillary Clinton To Task For Disingenuous Rhetoric

Vivek Saxena - Author

Mar. 11 2017, Updated 5:01 a.m. ET

Enter Poor Hillary Clinton, a new website launched by the Republican National Convention (RNC) for the purpose of exposing how the Clintons downplay their wealth. According to the Daily Caller, the RNC just publishedPoor Hillary Clinton earlier today. And according to chairman Reince Priebus, the RNC launched the site to get across the point that “you’re not ‘dead broke’ when you can make five times the median household income with a single speech.” Though the website just dropped, it already contains dozens of posts:

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The Republicans feel that all this effort is necessary because of Hillary’s seemingly out-of-tech rhetoric. For instance, if you recall, back in early June Hillary told ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer that she had once been “dead broke“:

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“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

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This rhetoric made it sound as if Hillary deserved pity, which in turn irritated many across the political landscape, including Roger Simon, chief political columnist at Politico:

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“… ‘dead broke’ people don’t have $350,000 in cash to secure one mortgage and $855,000 in cash to secure another. About 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, and 47 million need food stamps; they know what dead broke looks like, and it doesn’t look like the Clintons.”

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He basically argued that what Hillary perceives as a rough life is what most Americans would view as heavenly bliss. According to the Weekly Standard, Hillary responded to all the backlash by doubling down on her rhetoric:

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“… when we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because of all the legal bills that we owed because of the relentless persecution of my husband and myself, and he had to work unbelievably hard to pay off every single penny of every debt we owed. And we did.”

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Republicans greatly dislike this sort of rhetoric on the basis that it represents an unwillingness by Hillary to acknowledge the many fruits of her political career. They say that it shows her to be disingenuous and thus not fit to represent average, everyday Americans. And therein lies the ultimate reason they launched Poor Hillary Clinton – to try to prove to Americans that “poor” Hillary Clinton does not have their interests in mind.

Image via [PoorHillaryClinton]


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