Monday, September 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton on TPP
The Washington Free Beacon captured 24 times Hillary Clinton championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on video. CNN detailed 45 times she pushed TPP.
Sen. Bernie Sanders made opposition to trade deals like TPP a major point in his campaign. And, despite his otherwise reserved campaign, attacked Clinton over TPP in the debates. In what was likely an effort to swipe Sanders voters, Clinton reversed herself and said she is now opposed to TPP - surprising no one.
So which is it? Given poll after poll shows the majority of the American people view Hillary Clinton as dishonest, it isn't surprising people would have difficultly believing anything she says.
Long-time Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe, confirmed Clinton will flip-flop after the election and support the deal. McAuliffe isn't just some random Democrat weighing in. McAuliffe chaired Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and is a former Chair of the DNC. After his big reveal, he had to walk the statement back probably because of the damage it could do to Clinton's campaign.
During the 2008 campaign, President Obama attacked Clinton over her support of NAFTA.
Politifact did a check on Obama's statements that she was flip-flopping on trade and found President Obama's statements to be true. They also found that Clinton supported permanent trade with China and personally lobbied Democratic members of Congress to pass CAFTA.
While some may argue the implications of trade deals on jobs, it is true to say that Hillary Clinton supported virtually every trade deal as Senator Sanders did in April. If stopping trade deals is a major issue to a voter, they should understand Hillary Clinton is for her, not for you.