Bill Clinton spoke on behalf of the Clinton Foundation at an event in Morocco this week and made a rather revealing comment about the standards applied to people in politics compared to average Americans.
Transcript via Real Clear Politics:
MOROCCAN BILLIONAIRE MO IBRAHIM: I opened the newspaper and I was shocked to see these attacks on the foundation… I didn’t see anybody from the foundation standing up and really having a go at that… Because you should have stand up and really take issue. What is this money for? What have you done with it? And that’s what people should ask….
BILL CLINTON: I just work there, I don’t know… You do, look, there is one set of rules for politics, and another set for real life, you just have to learn to deal with it…
Watch the exchange below:
The Clintons certainly seem to enjoy living by rules not afforded to other people.
The fact that this event took place in Morocco, a country with a questionable record on human rights, is another example of double standards.
Finally, the event sponsor wasn’t without controversy. Yahoo News reports:
Clinton Foundation event in Morocco bankrolled by controversial mining firm
Former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative are being hosted this week at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco by one of the world’s most controversial mining companies, criticized for “serious human rights violations” by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice.
The Moroccan government-owned mining company OCP operates in disputed international territory in a remote part of the Sahara Desert, and the firm has been criticized for removing the resources without adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there.
“Anytime the human rights of a population are systematically suppressed in this way, it’s a serious concern, and I think it’s worthy of attention,” said David McKean, who has studied the issue for the RFK center.
Different rules, indeed.
I’d love to see the left’s reaction if a Republican appeared in a country known for human rights violations as the guest of a mining company.
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