If there’s one Hillary Clinton flip-flop everyone’s familiar with, it’s her stance on gay marriage. While she had opposed same-sex marriage for the majority of her career, she changed her stance in 2013 — conveniently when the majority of American voters began supporting gay marriage.
While I (Matt Palumbo) can’t blame anyone for changing their opinion on certain issues over the course of decades, the timing was suspicious, to say the least.
Hillary even acknowledges she doesn’t always present her true opinion to the public. In one of her Wall Street speeches, leaked on Friday, she stated that as a politician, “you need both a public and a private position.” During last night’s debate she claimed the quote had been in the context of discussing the movie “Lincoln,” in a truly remarkable stretch of the imagination.
Trump fired back, “Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you.”
Regardless of the context, there are positions of Hillary’s she holds privately that contradict her public views. In last night’s debate, on the topic of the Supreme Court, Hillary promised to elect a justice that’s both pro-abortion and favors same-sex marriage.
But is that really her stance, or the stance she knows those voting for her want to hear? According to Cassandra Fairbanks; on Monday, Wikileaks released part two of their trove of emails from Hillary Clinton insiders — including a conversation where her director of speech writing acknowledges that she is still against gay marriage.
The first batch of emails, which Wikileaks says is only 1% of what they have, included troubling portions of the paid speeches Clinton gave behind closed doors to her Wall Street mega donors. Perhaps the most shocking excerpt was when the candidate admitted that you need to have a public position on policies, and a private one.
Publicly, Clinton had expressed that she is firmly against gay marriage up until 2013, when it would have became political suicide for her to continue to stand against it. That did not stop pro-equality groups such as the Human Rights Campaign from endorsing her in the primaries however, even though her opponent Bernie Sanders has a decades-long history of support for the LGBT community.
Yet, in a leaked email from October 2015, team Clinton was discussing her stance against gay marriage and how she isn’t going to want to say she was wrong — since they still believe it.
“I’m not saying double down or ever say it again. I’m just saying that she’s not going to want to say she was wrong about that, given she and her husband believe it and have repeated it many times. Better to reiterate evolution, opposition to DOMA when court considered it, and forward looking stance,” Clinton’s Director of Speechwriting Dan Schwerin wrote.
While some social conservatives may be delighted to hear this news, you have to remember that this also confirms — yet again and rather strikingly –that Hillary’s principles are malleable. The same kind of person who will sell out their principles will sell out America.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]