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Fact Checking the Fact Checkers: Did Hillary Clinton Wish for Donald Trump?

FaceBook was kind enough to inform us that the quote in the featured image has been determined by FactCheck.Org and Snopes to be false. Here’s the rest of the story.

On October 29, 2013, Hillary Clinton replied to an attendee at Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit.

Male attendee: My question is, as entrepreneurs, we risk a lot. And Mike Bloomberg had 30 billion other reasons than to take office. Do we need a wholesale change in Washington that has more to do with people that don’t need the job than have the job?

Clinton: That’s a really interesting question. You know, I would like to see more successful business people run for office. I really would like to see that because I do think, you know, you don’t have to have 30 billion, but you have a certain level of freedom. And there’s that memorable phrase from a former member of the Senate: You can be maybe rented but never bought. And I think it’s important to have people with those experiences.

And especially now, because many of you in this room are on the cutting edge of technology or health care or some other segment of the economy, so you are people who look over the horizon. And coming into public life and bringing that perspective as well as the success and the insulation that success gives you could really help in a lot of our political situations right now.

FactCheck.org (which is the ultra-partisan Washington Post in the highly misleading disguise of a non-partisan organisation) goes on to explain:

The part about not being able to be “bought” was likely a reference to John Breaux, a former congressman who once said his vote could not be bought, but “it can be rented.” That quote has been changed a little over the years and widely used since Breaux, a Louisiana Democrat, said it in 1981 after changing his vote to support Reagan-era budget cuts after sugar subsidies were included. Breaux later became a senator.

Fascinating! Hillary Clinton did not explicitly say this about Donald Trump in 2013. She said it about all successful business people, a group which includes Donald Trump. But she didn’t explicitly mention Donald Trump. What about the inference that other politicians can be bought, while a successful business person cannot? She sure did say that. Let’s analyze.

Breaking it Down

  1. Hillary Clinton said that politicians can be bought or rented. Reference Democrat John Breaux.
  2. Hillary Clinton did say that successful business people would make good politicians because they can’t be bought or rented.
  3. Donald Trump is a successful business person.
  4. Did Hillary Clinton explicitly say the quote? No.
  5. Did Hillary Clinton say that politicians such as the Democrat John Breaux are crooked and can be bought? Yes. This presumably includes the ex-presidential family who got fabulously wealthy off the income from the Clinton Foundation.
  6. Did Hillary Clinton imply, intentionally or unintentionally, the statement that a successful business person like Donald Trump would make a great politician because they are not susceptible to bribery? Yes.

Now it’s time to answer the question, “Did Hillary Clinton wish for President Donald Trump?”

The answer is yes she did. Not intentionally, not by name, but when making wishes one should phrase them carefully.

Now you know the rest of the story, and how Snopes, FactCheck.org and Facebook use cherry-picked, partial truths to mislead you.

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