“I’m one of you”
Hillary Clinton is trying very hard to frame herself as a candidate who can identify with average Americans, but the vast wealth she and her husband have accumulated through giving speeches conflicts with that message.
Philip Bump of the Washington Post recently pointed this out:
The Clintons made $700,000 from speeches the day after Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ comments
On January 6, 2014, Hillary Clinton gave a speech on behalf of GE at an event in Boca Raton, Fla. For her time, she received $220,500 — meaning that, six days into the year, the Clintons’ household income was already four times the median American household income for 2014.
As is now well known, that was not the last speech a Clinton gave last year. The Post has tracked those appearances and the fees they generated. We took that data and plotted it by calendar day.
Most of the events were in the first half of the year. On June 9, at the outset of her tour for her book “Hard Choices,” Clinton’s now-famous comment about being “dead broke” on leaving the White House aired during an ABC News interview. By that point, the two had already made over $11 million in speaking fees for the year. The day after the comment became public, the couple gave three speeches, grossing $700,000 in fees.
This morning, a panel on CNN made similar points. Maggie Haberman of the New York Times suggested that the wealth issue has bigger legs than Hillary’s email scandal.
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