The many contradictions of Hillary Clinton

Clinton wins Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio, Missouri remains too close to call


Even as she racks up primary wins, Hillary Clinton is proving herself to be more delusionary than visionary. She is the “contradiction candidate.”

Listening to Clinton’s victory remarks after the latest round of primaries, it is clearer than ever why in a recent Gallup poll, most voters associate these words with her: “dishonest, liar, don’t trust her, poor character.”

At a rally in Florida, Clinton said, “…our next president needs to be ready to face three big tasks. First can you make positive differences in people's lives? Second, can you keep us safe? Third, can you bring our country together again?”

But consider these Clintonian contradictions:

She says, “Ask any parent, you'll hear nothing is more important than making sure their kids have a good school and a good teacher, no matter what zip code they live in.” But in a craven caving to teachers’ unions, Clinton abandoned her previous qualified tolerance of limited school choice and is now an unqualified defender of consigning many minority children and their parents to failed and dangerous public schools. Of course, Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, attended private school.

Clinton says that, “…hard working Americans across our country deserve a president with both the ideas and the know-how to create good jobs with rising incomes right here in our country.” Never mind the contradiction that as a U.S. senator, Clinton was a foe of policies helping job creation—especially by small businesses. Never mind the contradiction that Clinton gave President Obama an “A” for his handling of an economy that has, during his term, resulted in middle class incomes dropping and poverty increasing, especially among Clinton’s base of minority voters.

Clinton says, “We're going to stand up for American workers, and make sure no one takes advantage of us, not China, not Wall Street and not overpaid corporate executives.”

Contradicting all this: a CBS News investigation finding that a Chinese company run by a billionaire with close ties to the Chinese government pledged $2-million to the Clinton Foundation while lobbying Congress and the State Department.

Then there’s the contradiction that with the average check Clinton collected for just one speech to one Wall Street firm, she made more than the average CEO makes in one year. Here are the numbers: “The average CEO, using Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, makes $216,100. Clinton's speaking agent, the Harry Walker Agency Inc., charged about $275,000 a speech and packaged three for Wall Street's Goldman Sachs at $675,000.”

Finally, Clinton says, “We live in a complex and, yes, a dangerous world. Protecting America's national security can never be an afterthought. Our commander in chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it, engage our allies, not alienate them, defeat our adversaries not embolden them.”Clintonian contradictions once again abound.

Clinton recently claimed that the U.S. “didn’t lose a single person in Libya” when she was secretary of state. Considering that four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya while Clinton was contradicting the facts on the ground, this is worse than a “gaffe” statement: it is a bald-faced lie and an insult to the families of the slain American heroes.

As for the rest of her statement, with Hillary Clinton’s complicity, America’s relations with allies like Israel deteriorated to disastrous levels. Her state department opposed sanctions against Iran and she supports President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.

Her “reset” with Russia was a setback and a subsequent scandal, as even the New York Times admitted in a story headlined, “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal.” From Poland and the Czech Republic to Syria and North Korea, “our foreign policy during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state was to undermine our friends and cater to our enemies,” as columnist Thomas Sowell detailed.

Hillary Clinton as commander in chief? Contradiction in chief is more like it.

Communications consultant Jon Kraushar is at He is a consultant to corporate and political leaders including Steve Forbes.