Debate Check III: Eight Hillary Lies Debunked
Clinton tells tall tales on Second Amendment, immigration, Clinton Foundation, and more
Another presidential debate, another master class in straight-faced lying from Hillary Clinton. Clinton didn’t pass up her final chance to mislead the country about her policy positions, damning scandals — and, of course, Donald Trump.
When it came to the subject of the Supreme Court, Clinton clearly hoped voters would take her for some sort of constitutional scholar. “I would hope that the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them. That’s the way the Constitution fundamentally should operate. The president nominates, and then the Senate advises and consents or not,” Clinton said.
“Everything I did as secretary of state was in our interest and in furtherance of our values.”
Unfortunately for Clinton’s interpretation, there is nothing in the Constitution which mandates that the Senate immediately respond to the president’s nomination. When it came to the subject of the Second Amendment, Clinton once again demonstrated dishonesty — and her weak knowledge of the Constitution.
“I support the Second Amendment,” Clinton said. “I understand and respect the tradition of gun ownership. It goes back to the founding of our country. But I also believe that there can be and must be reasonable regulation,” she insisted.
This is nonsense. The Second Amendment clearly states that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Moreover, the tradition of gun ownership is based not on the right to hunt or shoot clay pigeons, but the right to protect oneself and one’s family from evil men and tyrannical governments. The policies Clinton supports fundamentally deny these truths.
When it came to the equally divisive issue of abortion, Clinton once again displayed a propensity for lying. "So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood," Clinton said.
But regardless of one's position on the issue, defunding Planned Parenthood in no way blocks a woman's right make that choice. Moreover, Clinton conveniently ignored the fact that the states which moved to defund Planned Parenthood did so in the wake of videos that revealed the organization may have engaged in shockingly illegal and immoral behavior — selling parts of aborted children for profit.
On the issue of immigration, Clinton asserted that Trump "started his campaign bashing immigrants, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals and drug dealers." In reality, Trump criticized lax immigration policy which permitted immigrants who were rapists and criminals and drug dealers to enter the country with ease.
"I am also arguing is that bringing undocumented immigrants out from the shadows, putting them into the formal economy will be good because employers can't exploit them and undercut Americans' wages," Clinton said. But putting cheap illegal labor into the formal economy immediately negates the economic benefit of cheap illegal labor. Welfare use for immigrant populations is also disproportionately high compared to other demographic groups. The sudden transformation of all illegal workers into U.S. citizens would wreak havoc on wages, the job market, and benefits infrastructure.
One of Clinton's most outrageous lies came when discussing her view on globalization and borders. "We will not have open borders," she insisted. "That is a rank mischaracterization." Moderator Chris Wallace challenged Clinton, referring to comments she made to a Brazilian bank. "My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders," Clinton said at the time.
"Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy," Clinton responded. However if one does read the rest of the sentence as Clinton suggests, it clearly shows she is lying. "My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere," she said.
It is clear she is talking about a borderless hemisphere with free movement of peoples powered by sustainable energy, not a common market with open trade and open borders solely in the sustainable energy sector.
Clinton also had the audacity to chastise Wallace for bringing up her speech. "You are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks and what is important about that is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans," Clinton said. No — what's important is that the Democratic candidate for president is one of the most corrupt and dishonest politicians in U.S. history.
Even if WikiLeaks was an agency of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, that does not make the revelations in their leaks any less true. Clinton also repeated the claim that Trump "encouraged espionage against our people." But Trump did no such thing — he called on Russians to release emails he assumed they already had, a distinction clearly lost on Clinton.
Another lie came when Clinton claimed that Obama has cut the federal deficit by two-thirds. In 2008, the federal budget deficit was $459 billion. In July of this year the Obama administration announced the deficit was expected to reach $600 billion. Moreover, the national debt has increased by 84 percent under Obama, from over $10.6 trillion in 2009 to over 19.7 trillion as of this month.
But Clinton's most boldfaced, unabashed lie undoubtedly arrived when it came to the issue of her uncomfortably close relationship to the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state, allegedly engaging in repeated instances of pay-to-play.
"Everything I did as secretary of state was in our interest and in furtherance of our values," Clinton said. How granting Russians — who Clinton seems to think are hiding under her bed — uranium mining rights or authorizing massive arms deals to repressive Islamic dictatorships is in our interest or in furtherance of our values, Clinton did not say.