Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is being hypocritical when it comes the progressive policies and understanding struggling Americans if she plans if she ever becomes president. Both Hillary and her husband former President Bill Clinton made over $153 million just from their speeches from the time the former president left office in 2001 until Hillary launched her presidential campaign in April 2015 according to a CNN report published on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The Clintons earned a significant amount of money delivering speeches to the very Wall Street banks Clinton is now trying to distance herself from now at a critical juncture in her presidential campaign.
The Clintons delivered 729 speeches during that time. They received an average of $210,795 for each speech. Both Bill and Hillary gave 39 speeches to Wall Street’s big banks earning a payday of $7.7 million. Hillary gave, at least, eight of those speeches and received $1.8 million. Confirmation of Clinton’s speeches for big money Wall Street comes at a time where Clinton is trying to distance herself from Wall Street after attacks from Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders attacks against Clinton focuses on her Wall Street ties and Wall Street funding her campaign. At the Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC on Thursday, Feb. 4 Sanders went after Clinton’s connections. Sanders said, “What a being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one’s life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests.”
At the debate, Clinton hypocritically responded, “Time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. And I just absolutely reject that, senator, and I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough.”
Clinton challenged Sanders about his accusations, “If you’ve got something to say, say it directly, but you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation I ever received.” Despite calls for her to release transcripts of her speeches, she is reluctant to make them public. At the debate, Clinton said, “I’ll look into it. I don’t know the status. I can only repeat what is the fact, that I spoke to a lot of different groups with a lot of different constituents. … My view on this is, look at my record.”