I love the Equal Pay debate. It’s one of the simplest tests of political acumen.

Caleb Bonham decided to chat it up with a few Hillary supporters who love Mrs. Clinton because she’s, “doing a great job fighting for what should have happened a long time ago.” “What should’ve happened a long time ago,” being Equal Pay.

There’s just one problem with this whole Hillary the Salary Saint schtick — while serving as one of New York’s Senators, Mrs. Clinton paid year-round female employees 72 cents for every buck she paid their male counterparts. Oops?

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Those numbers come report from the Washington Free Beacon, who analyzed the wages of then Senator Clinton’s staff.

During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.

The analysis compiled the annual salaries paid to staffers for an entire fiscal year of work from the years 2002 to 2008. Salaries of employees who were not part of Clinton’s office for a full fiscal year were not included. Because the Senate fiscal year extends from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, Clinton’s first year in the Senate, which began on Jan. 3, 2001, was also not included in the analysis.

But 72 cents on the dollar is on the higher side. As the WFB found, some years women working for Mrs. Clinton were only paid 65 cents for every dollar the dudes working for Hills were making.

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The responses to this little factoid are priceless. They range from, “really?!” to “if she’s for equal pay, then why did she do that? That’s a double standard…”

Why, indeed:

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