It’s no secret that Republicans have been trying for years to do anything and everything they possibly can to slander Hillary Clinton. While they’ve tried many tactics (Benghazi, emails, donations to the Clinton Foundation), the truth is they’ve literally proven nothing that could be considered extremely damaging.
Numerous investigations into Benghazi, including one led by Republicans, have yet to prove any of the asinine conspiracies many on the right have been pushing against Clinton or the Obama administration. Republicans are just doing anything they can to string this nonsense out long enough so that it might still seem relevant in 2016.
Then there’s the “email scandal” – that almost nobody cares about. As much as the conservative media tried to get people to care, the only ones who ultimately did (and still do) are people who aren’t ever going to vote for her in the first place.
Now the big issue they’re pushing is this notion that her and Bill have been using the Clinton Foundation as some kind of front to take bribes from foreigners – even though there’s absolutely no evidence to link any sort of unscrupulous behavior to these donations. Basically all conservatives have been doing is assuming that because there’s been foreign money given to the Clinton Foundation, and because she was Secretary of State for four years, this obviously means that the money was meant to influence her decision making.
Again, all this rhetoric is based on assumptions with no proof. Even the Clinton Cash book that was supposedly meant to expose her unscrupulous behavior has been trashed by most in the media, including Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Well, fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been quite insistent that there’s clearly something shady about this foreign money that’s been given to the Clinton Foundation. But as Jon Stewart pointed out last night, she’s being a hypocrite on the issue considering just last year she stated that she equates money with speech.
Stewart showed a clip of Kelly criticizing Democrats for trying to “limit the First Amendment” because many support overturning Citizens United and passing sweeping campaign finance reform laws. The Fox News host basically asserted that Democrats were trying to kill free speech while seemingly scoffing at the idea that money can corrupt politics.
“No, I think they’re looking to stop the corruption, not the ‘corruption,’” Stewart said, mocking Kelly while using “air quotes.”
Stewart also went after Kelly for seeming concerned about “to whom” Hillary Clinton might owe favors due to these donations to the foundation, which appears to be a complete contradiction to her comments where she basically dismissed the idea that money can corrupt politics.
You’d have to be a complete idiot to not believe that money is easily the biggest contributor to corruption in our government. How anyone can claim it’s not is absolutely baffling.
But the bottom line is, conservatives often like to make a huge deal out of the money given to Democrats, yet almost always ignore the massive sums of money given to Republicans by people like the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson. Hell, the Koch group Americans for Prosperity is essentially controlling the entire tea party wing of the GOP, yet that seems to be just fine to conservatives. After all, there’s nothing at all shady about two billionaire oil tycoons spending ridiculous amounts of money (close to $1 billion in 2016) to do everything they can to make sure the politicians they support get elected.
I’m sure that’s exactly what our Founding Fathers envisioned when they wrote our First Amendment.
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