Hillary Clinton Defends Ties to Wall Street by Invoking 9/11

Hillary Clinton at Dem Debate (Charlie Niebergall / Associated Press)
Charlie Niebergall / Associated Press

At Saturday’s debate, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her ties to Wall Street by invoking the September 11, 2001 terror attack.

During the debate, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought up Hillary Clinton’s ties to Wall Street and suggested that it may be a conflict of interest for Clinton.

“Why, over her political career, has Wall Street been a major, the major, campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton?” Sanders asked.

Hillary Clinton responded by invoking 9/11:

I represented New York and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.

Later in the debate, the moderator, John Dickerson, read out a tweet and asked Clinton to respond. The tweet said: “I’ve never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now”

Hillary then responded to the tweet by saying:

Well, I’m sorry that whoever tweeted that had that impression, because I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild. So, yes, I did know people. I’ve had a lot of folks give me donations from all kinds of backgrounds say, ‘I don’t agree with you on everything, but I like what you do. I like how you stand up– I’m going to support you.’ And I think that is absolutely appropriate.



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