This clip has been on You Tube since the end of January but it is just now starting to get the media attention it deserves. Tuesday, columnist Kathleen Parker wrote a piece about the video which concludes:
On questions of honesty and trustworthiness, Clinton consistently polls low, including among Democrats, which partly explains Sanders’s support. His economic plan may be fantastical, but at least he’s honest!
Well, maybe. With Clinton, there’s no maybe, as the 13 minutes make clear. For whatever reason, she simply can’t seem to stick to the truth, which, at times, needs neither embellishment nor denial. Wasn’t it enough to have gone to Bosnia to conduct the nation’s all-important soft diplomacy?
Wednesday morning, Fox News wrote a piece about the video as well.
The video spans 20 years of Clinton clips and includes some well-known controversies from previous campaigns. One of those is the 2008 controversy over her repeated claim that she had landed under sniper fire when landing at a Bosnian airport as first lady in 1996.
Two things are most striking about this video. The first is just how long Hillary has been stringing America along with whatever story suits her at the moment. It’s not as if there was one lie or one bad moment in a long career. She has done this from the moment she became a national figure and she’s still doing it right now. In short, this is not a slip, it’s a consistent part of who she is as a person.
The second striking thing is the brazenness with which she tells stories that are not remotely accurate, such as the Bosnia airport trip. Listen to how she commits before a crowd with lines like “I don’t remember anybody offering me tea on the tarmac…” Do you think that little bit of alliteration–tea on the tarmac–spilled out of her mouth for the first time at that moment? Maybe, but it sure sounds like a line that was scripted. Maybe she wrote it herself or maybe someone wrote it for her. In either case, she’s really milking this lie. She’s not lightly touching on it and moving on. She’s camping out and roasting marshmallows. There is no evidence of any shame. At least Bill looked angry when he got caught in a lie.
Here it is. Set aside 13 minutes and watch Hillary be Hillary.