On working families . . .
“Too many kids say bye to their parents every morning, not knowing if mom or dad will be there when they get home. We have to fix this.”
— July 14, 2016
Hillary Clinton supported the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Welfare reform effectively destroyed an economic safety net for millions of Americans, leaving states to eliminate welfare entirely, and condemning people to increased poverty and low-wage work (especially single mothers).
On LGBT equality . . .
“To LGBT men and women worldwide, let me say this: wherever you live and whatever the circumstances of your life, whether you are connected to a network of support or feel isolated and vulnerable, please know that you are not alone.” — December 6, 2011
As first lady, Clinton supported the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which codified the second-class status of gay Americans. The Clinton Foundation continues to accept money from governments that oppress women and LGBT people, like Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
On war . . .
“There is something wrong with our country. There is too much violence . . . too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be.” — July 8, 2016
As first lady, Clinton endorsed the 1998 bombing of Iraq. As New York senator, she supported the ongoing sanctions against that country and later its invasion.
According to some estimates, the Iraq sanctions cost the lives of a half million children. While there is still debate regarding how many have died as a result of the 2003 invasion, some estimate it was as many as one million.
On black lives . . .
“We need to listen to those who say ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Too many black Americans . . . feel like their lives are disposable.” — July 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton supported and lobbied for the Omnibus Crime Bill in 1996. She also referred to black children as “superpredators,” and coldly dismissed a Black Lives Matter protester at her fundraiser. The Omnibus Crime Bill fueled the rise of mass incarceration, disproportionately affecting black males and encouraging punishment for nonviolent drug users. The “superpredator” comment was used to justify draconian policies for poor communities, extending Republican policies of “zero tolerance” and the further policing of children.
On the Donald . . .
“If you see bigotry, oppose it. If you see violence, condemn it. If you see a bully, stand up to him.” — April 29, 2016
The Clintons have enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Trumps. As recently as 2012 Bill Clinton said, “I like Donald Trump and I love playing golf with him.” They attended Donald Trump’s wedding to his third wife, Melania. Trump has donated at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation and thousands to Clinton campaigns.
On immigration . . .
“America has always been a nation of immigrants and refugees. On #WorldRefugeeDay, let’s reaffirm our commitment to welcoming them.” — June 20, 2016
As a senator, Clinton voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. This called for seven hundred miles of fencing that would stretch across the length of the US southern border with Mexico. The cost was estimated at about $7 billion.
As secretary of state, she served the Obama administration as it deported more immigrants than any other administration in US history. She has never publicly criticized President Obama for his deportation record.
On Wall Street . . .
“We’re going to make sure that Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes.” — July 12, 2016
The Clintons have accepted $153 million in speaking fees from big banks and corporations. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton’s deregulation policies including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, and the Community Reinvestment Act created the predatory environment that led to the 2005 and 2008 financial collapses.
On dictators . . .
“Donald Trump’s praise for brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein knows no bounds.” — July 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton is close friends with Henry Kissinger, who helped to overthrow democratic leaders around the world. She defended her role in the Honduras coup, considered ousted Egypt dictator Hosni Mubarak to be a “friend of the family,” and raised money with other repressive governments like Saudi Arabia for the Clinton Foundation.
No wonder ex–Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden endorsed her candidacy.
“I love having the support of real billionaires — and they’ve been speaking out because Donald gives a bad name to billionaires.”
—October 26, 2016