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Really? Hillary Clinton Reiterates Claims She and Bill are ‘Not Truly Well Off’

Hillary Clinton is a likely candidate for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. She is not helping herself, however, with her clumsy comments claiming like most middle class Americans she has struggled and is not ‘truly well off.’

Previously, Hillary has said that when the couple left the White House, they had a hard time paying the bills and were in debt.

“We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy,” Clinton told ABC News while promoting her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”

Then, after the Guardian recently asked her if hard-working Americans could believe her on the issue of income inequality since she was now a multi-millionaire, Clinton reiterated that she is just like one of us.

“They don’t see me as part of the problem,” Clinton told The Guardian. “We pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off — not to name names — and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.”

Most hard-working Americans, however, cannot earn an estimated $100 million in speaking fees, which is how much husband Bill is estimated to have banked since leaving the White House on top of his annual pension, which is north of $150,000.

In fact, most American households earn considerably less than even the $145,000 Hillary earned while serving as a Senator, despite the fact that she said that her earnings were not helpful in getting her family on their financial feet again.

“Everything in life has to be put into context,” she told Diane Sawyer when asked how if they earned millions they could still be struggling like ‘ordinary’ Americans.

“It’s just the reality, what we faced when he got out of the White House meant that we had to just keep working really hard … as I recall we were something like $12 million in debt,” she continued. “I was in the Senate and could not do anything to help us meet those obligations, and I’m very grateful my husband, who’s always been a hard worker. … He did that.”

To put it further in ‘context’, the average American earned $44,321.67 in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration, and many low-wage workers continue earn far, far less despite working long hours and being saddled with crippling debt.

To claim the Clintons struggled just like ordinary, struggling working class Americans, then, does little to help her cause and make her a sympathetic candidate for 2016. Instead, it just makes the millionaire Clintons seem out of touch with the very real financial challenges of the working poor.


Photo Credit: ABC

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