The Clintons’ normalization of corruption
With President Trump’s poll numbers ticking up despite mounting scandals, frustrated Democrats are asking themselves, “Why don’t voters care? Doesn’t corruption matter?” said Josh Barro. Perhaps voters might care more about Trump’s abuses if Democrats hadn’t spent the past two decades insisting that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s corruption was perfectly normal. Don’t get me wrong: “Trumpworld has taken graft and influence peddling to a new, vulgar level.” But the Trump model is simply “the Clinton model on steroids.” Hillary Clinton raked in $675,000 in speaking fees from the financial industry before her presidential run, while the Clinton Foundation solicited tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments while she was secretary of state. At the same time, Bill made millions giving speeches abroad and to corporate gatherings. Liberal partisans instinctively defended the Clintons because they were on their side. So “is it any surprise so many voters decided they might as well put their own corrupt guy in charge of the swamp?” Thanks to the #MeToo movement, Democrats now admit that Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct was indefensible. They should now admit that both Clintons’ financial corruption was also unacceptable.