On Monday, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans – where she quickly revealed that she has not driven a car for the past 18 years. At a convention of auto dealers.
But this was not Hillary’s first time accidentally letting her elitism slip. The sad truth for Hillary Clinton, the 2016 candidate, is that she is a deep elitist, born and bred in tony Park Ridge, an exclusive province of Chicago. She then went to Wellesley College and Yale Law School, before hooking up with Bill and moving down to Arkansas. She’d later carpetbag up to New York to enter the Senate.
Throughout, there was one abiding feature that kept cropping up for the would-be president: she has nothing in common with the common man. Here, then, are her top seven other out-of-touch moments:
7. The Military Uniform Ban. According to Lieutenant Colonel Buzz Patterson, the man who carried President Clinton’s nuclear football from 1996 to 1998, “Hillary did try to ban military uniforms in the White House and we objected for national security reasons…She relented only on the one point of those who were responsible for carrying the nuclear football. Other than that, military uniforms were not worn in the White House per Hillary’s directive issued down through the staff.”
6. Gas Station Indians. “I love this quote. It’s from Mahatma Gandhi. He ran a gas station down in St. Louis for a couple of years. Mr. Gandhi, do you still go to the gas station? A lot of wisdom comes out of that gas station,” she said at a 2004 fundraiser.
5. Allegedly Forcing Secret Service to Carry Her Bags. According to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, he saw a Secret Service agent carrying around her bags in 2001. “Secret Service guys all around with those little ear phones and one large guy, rather embarrassed, rather sheepish, walking along with his own ear phones carrying her bags. Who — who in the Senate gets a Sherpa to carry their bags for them?…. I’ve never heard of a senator having a bag carrier.” Ronald Kessler wrote in A Matter of Character, “Secret Service agents assigned at various points to guard Hillary during her campaign for the Senate were dismayed at how two-faced and unbalanced she was.”
4. Abusing an Electrician. Here’s Kessler regarding Hillary’s tenure in the White House: “When Hillary found a hapless White House electrician changing a lightbulb in the residence, she began screaming at him because she had ordered that all repair work was to be done when the First Family was out.”
3. Not Exactly Showing Sympathy for the Homeless. According to Tom Kuiper’s I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan, Hillary confronted a homeless man in 2000. She said, “My name is Hillary Clinton. You going to vote in the primary?” He said yes, but that he needed money for food. A Clinton staffer gave him a voter registration card instead. When she stumbled on another homeless person during the same campaign, she asked if he would vote. He said he was homeless. Her reply: “Well, good for you.”
2. Talking to Eleanor Roosevelt…But Not Jesus. According to Bob Woodward’s book, The Choice, Hillary used to chat with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi via Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research. Houston inspired Hillary to write It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us and reportedly moved into the White House to help out. When asked if she wanted to address Jesus, however, she said it would be “too personal.”
1. “What Difference…Does It Make?” Her dramatic lack of sympathy for the victims of the Benghazi attack – and her own attempts to avoid culpability – continue until today. She calls it the worst moment of her tenure as Secretary of State but refuses to explain what she did wrong…or, indeed, what she did at all.
Hillary’s worst enemy in 2016 will be herself. She is no woman of the people. She is, according to a vast swath of those who have written about her, a woman concerned mainly with herself. To become president, she’ll need to recast her personality, not just her politics.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.