According to a Quinnipiac University poll, when asked an open-ended question about the first word that pops into their minds when they hear a candidate’s name, “liar” topped the list when the 1,563 registered voters were surveyed about Clinton. “Arrogant” was the top word for Trump, and “Bush” was the top word for….Bush.
It’s quite interesting a “left leaning” poll would glean from over 1,500 responses that particular word – liar. So I decided to take a look at the small Hillary “doozies” I can remember:
1. Mrs. Clinton said Chelsea was jogging around the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and happened to duck into a coffee shop when the airplanes hit. Her exact words on Dateline NBC: “She’d gone, what she thought would be just a great jog. She was going to go down to Battery Park, she was going to go around the towers. She went to get a cup of coffee and — and that’s when the plane hit. She did hear it.” This wasn’t a “big whopper” — technically some things were true. Chelsea Clinton was downtown in line at a payphone when she heard the rumble of the second tower collapsing (so she also heard something). She then spent the day with friends walking uptown. Chelsea Clinton wrote that she had an “irrational medley of thoughts” running through her head.
2. Clinton stated that she landed under sniper fire in Bosnia. Roughly seven years ago Hillary Clinton told a campaign crowd that on a 1996 trip to Bosnia she came under sniper fire and was forced to run for cover. Then in order to build her “campaign cred” even more, she claimed “if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady.” So, in essence, she was a “Wonder Woman” for the president. In her own words:
“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton said during a George Washington University campaign event on March 17, 2008. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Um… that wasn’t true. Even Sinbad the comedian was surprised he missed this action even though he was present for the event. Was he snoozing? Regardless, the videos and the accounts by everyone else were quite different and do not show the former First Lady running quickly in her signature pantsuit. “So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation,” Clinton later said.
3. She was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. Hmm…unless her parents refused to name her for the first several years of her life, this cannot be true. Sir Edmund didn’t actually climb Mt. Everest (in other words, achieve any fame worth naming a child after) until Hillary Clinton was 6 years old. Minor detail.
4. The tragic story of the uninsured woman. Then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.
Although the woman did eventually die, people die every day so it’s technically not a lie. The woman, Trina Bachtel, actually did die two weeks after giving birth, but she was never refused treatment and she was, in fact, insured.
But, technically SOME woman did die, and SOME WOMAN did NOT have insurance…it just wasn’t Trina Bachtel. But at this point “What difference does it make?”
5. Speaking in Iowa some time ago, Hillary Clinton said all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. In fact, all of Clinton’s grandparents were born in the United States, “with the exception of Hugh Rodham Sr. The 1920 census list the birthplace of both parents as Illinois. As does her father’s draft card. However, if you go back far enough to the “great grans,” you’ll find a plethora of immigrants which is perhaps why Hillary hasn’t yet claimed “native American” heritage. Nonetheless, Hillary says she sort of remembers her grandparents talking about the immigrant experience, even though they weren’t immigrants themselves, so she has “thought of them” as immigrants.
Oh but this is all in good fun, right? Benghazi, emails, email servers, wipers and all that other pish-posh aside, we still have some fun questions which should be answered on an upcoming campaign stop. For example did Hillary’s grandparents arrive in the U.S. under sniper fire? Or did they land at Pearl Harbor under Japanese air attack? And finally, were they also “dead broke?” That’s assuming of course, Hillary actually ANSWERS any questions.