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Clinton Shamefully Invoked 9/11 To Defend Her Wall St. Ties

- December 18, 2015

Clinton Uses 9/11 As The Reason She Accepts Donations From Wall Street. CLINTON: "Oh, wait a minute, senator. You know, not only do I have hundreds of thousands of donors, most of them small and I'm very proud that for the first time a majority of my donors are women, 60%. ( cheers and applause ) so I--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. It's fine for you to say what you're going to say, but I looked very carefully at your proposal, reinstating Glass-Steagall is a part of what very well could help, but it is nowhere near enough. My proposal is tougher, more effective, and more comprehensive because I go after all of Wall Street not just the big banks." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Des Moines, IA, 11/14/15)

Clinton's Invocation Of 9/11 Was Panned By Democrats, Her Rivals And The Media As "Absurd" And "Shameful"

Democrats "Blasted" Clinton For Her Comments Invoking 9/11 As Justification For Her Wall Street Donors. "The biggest was her attempt to downplay the number of donations she receives from Wall Street by citing the work she did to help rebuild the financial sector of New York City following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That's, um, not a very good response - and Democrats blasted her for it." (Chris Cillizza, "Winners And Losers From The Second Democratic Presidential Debate," The Washington Post , 11/14/15)

Darrell Delamaide For USA Today: It Is "Preposterous" To Suggest That "Decades Of Wall Street Campaign Contributions" Could Be "Pinned To This Single Response In 2001." "She seemed to be saying elliptically, though she didn't spell it out, that the reason she gets so much campaign funding from Wall Street is that as New York senator she came to the aid of her constituents in their hour of need. It is, of course, preposterous to suggest that decades of Wall Street campaign contributions to Bill Clinton in his day and to her in two Senate and two Democratic primary campaigns for president could be pinned to this single response in 2001." (Darrell Delamaide, "Clinton's Blind Spot On Wall Street Could Become Her Achilles' Heel," USA Today, 11/17/15)

The New Yorker's Amy Davidson: Clinton's "Exploitation" Of 9/11 "Felt Disingenuous" And It "Felt Wrong." "Wall Street the street is, indeed, in Lower Manhattan. But Wall Street the industry is all over town, and in other towns, too. Some financial institutions were devastated, and lost many people. But the idea that the guys in the neighborhood, whom she, particularly, helped to their feet after the terrorists attacked, had just passed the hat out of gratitude was Giuliani-level 9/11 political exploitation. It felt disingenuous. And, after a night that Paris spent under siege, it felt wrong." (Amy Davidson, "Where Clinton's Post-Paris Debate Went Wrong," The New Yorker, 11/15/15)

Gov. Martin O'Malley Called Clinton's Link Of 9/11 To Her Donations From Wall Street "Shameful." "Clinton's rivals wasted no time jumping on the comments as factually wrong and deeply insensitive. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday ripped Clinton, calling it 'shameful' that the former secretary of state and New York U.S. senator linked 9/11 to her donations from Wall Street." (Ben White, "Will Hillary's 'Clumsy' 9/11 Remark Come Back To Haunt Her?" CNBC, 11/16/15)

Sen. Bernie Sander's Called Clintons 9/11 Remarks "A Little Bit Silly, A Little Bit Absurd." REPORTER: "We move onto Hillary Clinton. There's been a lot made about the two of yours exchange about her Wall Street donors. Let's take a listen and then we'll talk about it [VIDEO]…Hillary Clinton apologized to those who found that remark offensive. Did you find them offensive, Senator?" SANDERS: "I wouldn't use the word offensive. I found them a little bit silly, a little bit absurd." (Bernie Sanders, Interview With Yahoo!'s Katie Couric, 11/17/15)


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