Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign released on Friday the 2015 tax return of her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The tax returns revealed the usual earnings, taxes paid, and donations. But it also showed that she has lied, and now her main argument against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has collapsed upon itself.
According to Politico, Bill and Hillary Clinton earned roughly $10.6 million in 2015, down from a reported $27.9 million in 2014. The return showed they paid an effective federal tax rate of about 34.2 percent, or roughly $3.6 million. They donated slightly more than a million to charity, or about 9 percent of their earnings.
That $10 million plus in income came largely from Bill Clinton’s speaking and consulting fees, $4.4 million and $1.6 million respectively, and from Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees and book revenue, $1.1 million and $3 million respectively.
The multi-million dollar incomes absolutely destroys Clinton’s false claim that she is a “woman of the people.” This from the woman who claimed that her rival, Trump, needs to “come down from his tower” and walk the streets like a normal person.
Yet here Clinton is undercutting her own argument against Trump by revealing she gets her hair done in a New York luxury department store and that a normal hair cut is $600, an expense that the average American would consider just a tad out of their price range. And let’s not forget the $12,000 Armani jacket she wore while delivering some of her speeches. If that isn’t income inequality, then what is?
Clinton is not the only one to criticize Trump. Clinton’s friend and fellow Democrat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has also tried to smear Trump’s name by stating he was “greedy.” What is ironic about Warren’s statement is that she was paid more than $400,000 to teach a single course at Harvard University during the 2010-11 school year.
As per Inside Gov, Warren is worth an estimated $7.5 million as of 2014, ranking her in the top quarter of all senators for total net worth. Warren shouldn’t be calling others greedy when there is statistical evidence showing that she is, in fact, the “greedy” one.
When will the Democrats understand that their smear tactics are no longer effective? If you are going to run a smear campaign, then at least don’t poke holes in your own arguments. You can’t flip flop on every political ideology you have just to appeal to whatever voter demographic you’re trying to reach.