Hillary Clinton has done it again. She opened her mouth and a ridiculous lie came tumbling out. Buzzfeed was the first to pounce, and other media outlets, including CNN, immediately jumped on the pile after the former Secretary of State’s latest bogus claim, that all of her grandparents were immigrants. Clinton’s most recent, dishonest attempt to pander to a voter demographic was easily shot down, and the groans from Democrats that came in response could be heard nationwide. On Wednesday, while speaking about immigration reform on the campaign trail in Norwalk, Iowa, Clinton falsely claimed that “all my grandparents, you know, came over here.”
There’s one huge problem with that claim. It’s just the latest in a string of lies Clinton has told over the years that make you scratch your head. Does she really believe no one will find out she is lying? Does she even care? Does she actually believe that telling such whoppers will make her appear to be “just like us common folk?”
Of course Clinton’s handlers are falling back on that age-old excuse…she misspoke. “Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a Clinton campaign spokesperson said on Thursday. “As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”
Sorry. That explanation won’t cut it this time. Clinton told an elaborate story about her paternal grandmother, Hanna Jones Rodham, and how she immigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania as a child. It wasn’t the first time Clinton has told this lie. “I am very grateful to all of you for this singular honor which I could not obtain by birth despite how many immigrant grandparents I had,” Clinton once said while being inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in last month. In fact, as Buzzfeed correctly pointed out, only one of Clinton’s grandparents immigrated to the United States, her grandfather, Hugh Rodham, Sr.
Clinton has a propensity to lie big when she decides to lie. If the false story about her grandparents immigrating to America seems absurd, it pales in comparison to her lie about coming under fire from snipers while visiting Bosnia in March of 1996. Clinton then claimed that her aircraft was forced to make a corkscrew landing to avoid potential sniper fire. She went on to say that she had been expecting some sort of welcoming ceremony, but instead had to duck her head and run for cover. CBS News video of the event showed something much different. A little girl presenting Hillary with flowers. She also neglected to mention that the war had officially ended three months before her visit. Clinton also said she “misspoke” about the incident, blaming sleep deprivation. Perhaps if lack of sleep causes her to have such vivid hallucinations, having her finger on the nuke button wouldn’t be such a good idea?
The list of lies is so long and well-known at this point, that relisting them all here would be pointless. The fact that Hillary Clinton has an honesty issue is clear. The vast majority of Americans see her as dishonest and untrustworthy. A recent Quinnipiac University Poll shows Clinton has an uphill battle when it comes to gaining trust among voters. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to many of her supporters, but it probably has them pulling their hair out.
Hillary was the “inevitable” Democrat nominee in 2008, and it was her disingenuous personality, her mendacity, and her hypocrisy that brought her down then. If the first few days of her 2016 campaign are any idication, we’re about to watch her go down in flames again.