Hillary Clinton, who has consistently scored low in polls on honesty and trustworthiness during her campaign for president, pinned the blame squarely on “political opponents and conspiracy theorists” who have made wild accusations against her for 25 years. She was speaking to the International Women’s Luncheon in Chicago on Monday.
Clinton admitted that she didn’t like hearing that people don’t trust her, but said that she has nothing to hide and is just “careful” with her words:
“A lot of people tell pollsters they don’t trust me. Now, I don’t like hearing that. And I’ve thought a lot about what’s behind it. And you know, you hear 25 years’ worth of wild accusations, anyone would start to wonder. And it certainly is true — I’ve made mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. So I understand people having questions.
Now maybe we can persuade people to change their minds by marshaling facts and making arguments to rebut negative attacks. But that doesn’t work for everyone. You can’t just talk someone into trusting you. You’ve got to earn it.
So, yes, I could say that the reason I sometimes sound careful with my words is not that I’m hiding something, it’s just that I’m careful with my words. I believe what you actually say matters. I think that’s true in life and it’s especially true if you’re president.
So, I do think before I speak, and could say that political opponents and conspiracy theorists have accused me of every crime in the book over the years.”
Among the “wild accusations” that Clinton conveniently omitted from her speech is her failure in Benghazi, which cost four Americans their lives. In addition, donations to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for favors and the never-ending email scandal have shown that she is anything but honest and trustworthy.