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The Return of the ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’ Excuse

You would think, after going out and repeatedly lying to the American people and insisting that all of the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” Hillary Clinton would retire the conspiracy theory. But she hasn’t.

Anderson Cooper: Do you still believe there’s a vast right-wing conspiracy?

Hillary Clinton: Don’t you? (laughter)

Anderson Cooper: I’m asking you.

Hillary Clinton: Yeah. It’s gotten even better-funded. They brought in some new multi-billionaires! … They want to rig the economy so they continue to get richer and richer!

Yes, the woman who was paid $675,000 to give three speeches to Goldman Sachs denounced the greed of other people.

Let’s go back to those famous words…

Matt Lauer: “You have said, I understand, to some close friends, that this is the last great battle, and that one side or the other is going down here.”

Hillary Clinton: Well, I don’t know if I’ve been that dramatic. That would sound like a good line from a movie. But I do believe that this is a battle. I mean, look at the very people who are involved in this — they have popped up in other settings. This is — the great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.

If she meant people on the Right disagreed with and opposed her husband, then yes. Then again, GOP opposition to Bill Clinton was neither shadowy nor secret. Clinton made the charge while echoing her husband’s false denial of an inappropriate sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton had made a similar claim in 1992:

Kroft: She is alleging and has described in some detail in the supermarket tabloid what she calls a 12-year affair with you.

Bill Clinton: That allegation is false.

Hillary Clinton: When this woman first got caught up in these charges, I felt as I’ve felt about all of these women: that they . . . had just been minding their own business and they got hit by a meteor . . . . I felt terrible about what was happening to them. Bill talked to this woman every time she called, distraught, saying her life was going to be ruined, and . . . he’d get off the phone and tell me that she said sort of wacky things, which we thought were attributable to the fact that she was terrified.

Bill Clinton: It was only when money came out, when the tabloid went down there offering people money to say that they had been involved with me, that she changed her story. There’s a recession on.

Kroft: I’m assuming from your answer that you’re categorically denying that you ever had an affair with Gennifer Flowers.

Bill Clinton: I said that before. And so has she.

For those of you who have forgotten: “The Presidential deposition released today confirmed several revelations reported earlier, including Mr. Clinton’s confirmation, after years of denial, that he had had sex with Gennifer Flowers, a one-time Arkansas worker.”

The Clintons lie, and they lie, and they lie, and then they lie some more. And if you call them out on those lies, they call you part of a conspiracy. 

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