Broken Promises: Hypocrisy and elitism define the Clinton presidential campaign



Bill Clinton thinks the Republican Party and the media are over—exaggerating Hillary’s email scandal, but he’s dead wrong. Hillary Clinton is a disaster, and she should be thanking her lucky stars that Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican primary circus has distracted the country from her woeful inadequacies, elitist opacity, and potentially illegal behavior.

At every turn she has acted as though she should be exempt from scrutiny for her actions and the bottom dwelling peasants have no right to question her decisions. It took her months to force out an apology lacking entirely in contrition and sincerity.

She knowingly broke protocol by using a personal email account as the top diplomat of the nation because her personal convenience took priority over national security. Clinton then avoided, for as long as possible, granting an investigation access to her emails. Only when it looked like her campaign might lose support because of the controversy did she finally cooperate — well, almost. Thousands of emails were deleted, with nothing but her promise that they were only personal emails, and not official correspondence; a promise that, to be polite, has questionable integrity.

As it turns out, she did not turn over all of her emails. Correspondence with some of the nation’s top military officers was recently found, separate from the emails she turned in. The Justice Department has also recovered the emails that were deleted, which raises a huge question: if the people hired to secure her personal server did not know how to properly delete emails, how can we be certain they knew how to properly secure them? The national security implications of that question might be enormous. If all that wasn’t enough, the person the State Department hired to investigate the issue donated the maximum amount possible to Clinton.

Clinton’s defense is that none of the information sent was classified at the time it was sent, but this is not only false — it’s inadequate. Information was classified when it was sent, but even if it had not been classified at the time, government employees are instructed to assume any diplomatic correspondence is confidential the moment it is received. Clinton did not, and she distributed it. While “failure to assume classified” is not a crime worthy of jail time, her actions should concern every Democratic primary voter.

If the email controversy were the extent of Clinton’s issues it wouldn’t be worthy of mass hysteria. Unfortunately for her they are merely the tip of the iceberg, and Democrats really should be steering the ship in another direction.

As secretary of state, Clinton promised to disclose all donations to her husband’s Clinton Foundation, and promised not to accept foreign donations to avoid conflict of interest — Clinton has broken both promises.

In total, as much as $68 million was given to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities while Hillary was serving as Secretary of State. The idea that a secretary of state was for sale should end the Clinton campaign.

Clinton’s response to this entire controversy? She promised not to end, but just limit foreign donations while she is running for president. Hillary has shown herself to be completely out of touch with reality. Every step of the way Clinton has maintained she did nothing wrong. Even if that is true, she should follow the lead of Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn — take ownership of the failures under her watch and end her campaign.

The behavior of the Democratic frontrunner is inexcusable and irreconcilable to a party that champions equality and fairness. Any of the claims she could make to criticize a Republican can, and should be met with claims of hypocrisy and elitism. Her mistakes make her an easy target for any Republican opponent. If her name weren’t Clinton, voters would be running in the other direction. For a party that decries elitism and aristocracy, you have to wonder: what are they waiting for?

Matt Young is a journalism and political science senior. 

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