In Another Lie, Clinton Claims Dems Haven't Moved Left

- July 19, 2016

Presumptive Nominee Ignores Her Party's Platform And Her Own Positions' Sharp Left Turn


  • Hillary Clinton contends that Democrats are still "center-left," but according to Bernie Sanders the 2016 Democrat platform is "the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."
  • On a host of issues, Democrats have lurched sharply left: expanding abortion at home and abroad, divisive rhetoric on race relations, abolishing the death penalty, securing voting rights for convicted felons, limiting the Second Amendment, and more.
  • Because she will do or say anything to get elected, Clinton has shifted left on trade, immigration, government-run health care, and a slew of other issues.


Clinton Claims That Bernie Didn't Move The Party Or Her To The Left And That Democrats Are "Center Left." PBS'S CHARLIE ROSE: "You say that and they say, 'I'm sure she believes that,' but that's one more example of the impact of Bernie Sanders on this race. And the Democratic Party has move to the left, and the Republican Party has moved to the right with Donald Trump. There is no center, and it was the center that got Bill Clinton elected president." CLINTON: "First of all that's just a wild reading of what happened in the primary. I started off talking about getting to universal health care coverage. i started off talking about making college affordable. I'm proud of the campaign Senator Sanders and I ran against each other because it actually was based on issues." ROSE: "Did it move you to the left?" CLINTON: "No." ROSE: "Did it move the Democratic Party to the left?" CLINTON: "Well, I think he got more people into the Democratic Party, and we are the center-left party. And I'm proud of that. We are the center-left party. But it's center-left. And part of what we have to do is prove that government can work. And not just hope for it and talk about it, but actually get it to work. That's where my experience really comes to the forefront." (PBS's " Charlie Rose," 7/18/16)

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Bernie Sanders Lauds The 2016 Democrat Platform As "The Most Progressive Platform In The History Of The Democratic Party." "Pressed by supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party platform writers meeting this weekend in Orlando, Florida, adopted a progressive agenda that underscores the need for bold action on climate change, addresses criminal justice reform and calls for doubling the federal minimum wage. 'We have made enormous strides,' Sanders said. 'Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process - many for the first time - we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.'" (Press Release, "Democrats Adopt Most Progressive Platform In Party History," Bernie 2016, 7/10/16)

"The Democratic Party Shifted Further To The Left In One Election Than Perhaps Since 1972." "If party platforms matter - and the jury is out on that - what happened this weekend in a sweltering Hilton conference room was remarkable. The Democratic Party shifted further to the left in one election than perhaps since 1972, embracing once-unthinkable stances on carbon pricing, police reform, abortion rights, the minimum wage and the war on drugs. It did so with very little ideological resistance and a lot of comity between the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton." (David Weigel, "Democrats Shift To The Left In This Past Weekend's Platform Fight," The Washington Post , 7/10/16)

Democrats Wholeheartedly Want To Expand Taxpayer Funded Abortion At Home And Abroad

Democrats Want To Expand Abortion By Repealing The Hyde Amendment And Opposing Attempts To Defund Planned Parenthood. "We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose-and seek to overturn-federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman's access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

  • The Hyde Amendment Prohibits Federal Funding Of Abortions. "Medicaid coverage is provided by both federal and state funds, and some states - 17 to be exact - use their own funds to subsidize abortion coverage beyond what federal laws allow, to other cases deemed 'medically necessary.' The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the mother." (Lori Robertson, "The Abortion Issue,", 4/1/10)
  • NOTE: The 2012 Democrat Platform Made No Mention Of The Hyde Amendment Or Its Repeal. (2012 Democratic Platform, UCSB Website, Accessed 7/13/16)

Democrats Want To Repeal The Helms Amendment. "Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women's access to health care information and services, including the "global gag rule" and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S. assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

  • The Helms Amendment Ensures That No Foreign Assistance May Be Used To Fund Abortions Or Coerce Any Person To Practice Abortions. "The Helms Amendment: No foreign assistance funds may be used to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)
  • NOTE: The 2012 Democrat Platform Made No Mention Of The Helms Amendment Or Its Repeal. (2012 Democratic Platform, UCSB Website, Accessed 7/13/16)

Democrats Embrace Divisive Rhetoric On Race Relations

"Democrats Will Fight To End Institutional And Systemic Racism In Our Society." "Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society. We will challenge and dismantle the structures that define lasting racial, economic, political, and social inequity." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

The Democrat Platform Calls For "Societal Transformation To Make It Clear That Black Lives Matter And There Is No Place For Racism In Our Country." "Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all institutions serving the public and in the formation of public policy. We will push for a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and there is no place for racism in our country." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

The Democrat Platform Claims The Median Wealth Difference Between Whites And Other Minorities "Has Been Created By Historical And Contemporary Policies And Practices That Discriminate Against People Of Color. "America's economic inequality problem is even more pronounced when it comes to racial and ethnic disparities in wealth and income. It is unacceptable that the median wealth for white Americans is roughly ten times that of African Americans and Latino Americans. These disparities are just as stark for American Indians and certain Asian American subgroups. The racial and ethnic gap in wealth and income has been created by historical and contemporary policies and practices that discriminate against people of color and constrained their ability to earn income and build assets to the same extent as other Americans." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

The Democrat Platform Claims Democrats "Have Been Inspired By The Movements For Criminal Justice That Directly Address The Discriminatory Treatment Of" Minorities. "We have been inspired by the movements for criminal justice that directly address the discriminatory treatment of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians to rebuild trust in the criminal justice system." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Are Calling To Abolish The Death Penalty

The Democrat Platform Calls For An Abolition Of The Death Penalty. "We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the United States of America." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

  • The 2012 Democrat Platform Only Said The Death Penalty Should Not Be Arbitrary. "We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the United States of America." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Want To Limit The Second Amendment

Democrats Want To Impose Additional Regulations On The Second Amendment. "With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. We will expand background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws, hold irresponsible dealers and manufacturers accountable, keep weapons of war-such as assault weapons-off our streets, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Adopted Extreme Environmental Positions Including Acknowledging The Existence Of "Environmental Racism"

Democrats Acknowledge The Existence Of "Environmental Racism." "Democrats believe clean air and clean water are basic rights of all Americans. Yet as we saw in Flint, Michigan, low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately home to environmental justice "hot spots," where air pollution, water pollution, and toxic hazards like lead increase health and economic hardship. The impacts of climate change will also disproportionately affect low-income and minority communities, tribal nations, and Alaska Native villages-all of which suffer the worst losses during extreme weather and have the fewest resources to prepare. Simply put, this is environmental racism." (2016 Democratic Platform Draft , Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Will Work To Supply "50 Percent" Of America's Electricity From Clean Energy Sources Within A Decade. "We are committed to getting 50 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources within a decade, with half a billion solar panels installed within four years and enough renewable energy to power every home in the country. We will cut energy waste in American homes, schools, hospitals, and offices; modernize our electric grid; and make American manufacturing the cleanest and most efficient in the world, creating new jobs and saving families and businesses money on their energy bills." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Want To Power The Federal Government With "100 Percent Clean Energy." "We support President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. And we believe that the federal government should lead by example, which is why we will take steps to power the government with 100 percent clean electricity." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Will Oppose Drilling In The Arctic And Off The Atlantic Coast. "We oppose drilling in the Arctic and off the Atlantic coast, and believe we need to reform fossil fuel leasing on public lands. We can phase down extraction of fossil fuels from our public lands, starting with the most polluting sources, while making our public lands and waters engines of the clean energy economy and creating jobs across the country." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

Democrats Lurched Left On Labor And Call For A $15 Minimum Wage

The Democrat Platform Specifically Calls For The Minimum Wage To Be Raised TO $15 Per Hour And Indexed. "Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union. We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California. We should raise and index the minimum wage, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy. We also support creating one fair wage for all workers by ending the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

  • The 2012 Democrat Platform On Called To Raise The Minimum Wage By An Unspecified Amount And Index It To Inflation. "We will raise the minimum wage, and index it to inflation. We believe in an America where people looking for work can find good jobs, where hard work pays, and where responsibility is rewarded." (2012 Democratic Platform, UCSB Website , Accessed 7/13/16)

Democrats Also Support A "Model Employer Executive Order" To Use Federal Dollars To Favor Employers Who Institute Progressive Labor Reforms. "Democrats support a model employer executive order or some other vehicle to leverage federal dollars to support employers who provide their workers with a living wage, good benefits, and the opportunity to form a union. The $1 trillion spent annually by the government on contracts, loans, and grants should be used to support good jobs that rebuild the middle class." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)

The Democrat Platform Calls For Paid Family And Medical Leave And Encourages Paid Vacation

The Democrat Platform Calls For Paid Family And Medical Leave And Encourages Paid Vacation. "Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member's serious health issue, and we will fight to allow workers the right to earn at least seven days of paid sick leave. We will also encourage employers to provide paid vacation." ( 2016 Democratic Platform Draft, Posted 7/1/16)


Earlier This Month, Hillary Clinton Formally Endorsed Creating A Public Option In ObamaCare. "Hillary Clinton will formally reaffirm on Saturday her support for creating a 'public option' within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55, campaign aides have told The Huffington Post. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will also call for a substantial increase in funding in medical clinics that serve low-income Americans." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton Formally Backs Public Option In Bid For Sanders Supporters," The Huffington Post, 7/9/16)

Clinton's New Push For A Public Option Isn't Based In Policy, But In Trying To Win Over Supporters Of Sanders

The Huffington Post Headline: "Clinton Formally Backs Public Option In Bid For Sanders Supporters" (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton Formally Backs Public Option In Bid For Sanders Supporters," The Huffington Post, 7/9/16)

Hillary Clinton's Public Option Healthcare Proposal Is An Attempt To "Broaden Her Appeal To Liberals Energized By Sanders' Idealistic Campaign." "It remains unclear how many states might be interested in a public option, which would likely trigger a sharp backlash from the deep-pocketed insurance industry. This fall Colorado voters will decide on an even more ambitious change, a state-run system that would cover most residents. By supporting health care activism at the state level, Clinton may be able to broaden her appeal to liberals energized by Sanders' idealistic campaign. Incremental improvements to President Barack Obama's health care law that Clinton has proposed aren't fulfilling to liberals, said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who follows public opinion on health care. 'What's exciting to them is not just adding benefits,' he said. 'It's offering some sort of public alternative to current private insurance.'" (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Dave Gram, "For Dems, A Stepping Stone To Common Ground On Health Care," The Associated Press, 06/20/16)

"Sanders Signaled He May Endorse Clinton Soon, After Pressuring Her For The Last Month Into Moving Closer Toward His Policy Positions On Healthcare And Education." " Sanders signaled he may endorse Clinton's presidential bid soon, after pressuring her for the last month into moving closer toward his policy positions on healthcare and education." (Jessie Hellmann, "Sanders Moves Toward Endorsement After Clinton Health Proposal," The Hill , 7/9/16)

  • The Public Option Is A Leftward Lurch To Please Bernie Sanders. "Both Clinton and Sanders have previously supported a public insurance option at the national level. But opposition from moderate Democrats kept that proposal out of the final health overhaul law. Sanders now is focused on putting his stamp on the Democratic platform, hoping to steer the party to the political left. His campaign says he'll keep pushing for his national health care plan, and won't settle for state experimentation as the last word. However, policy director Warren Gunnels said Sanders would definitely support a state public option. 'Anything that makes health care more affordable for Americans is something that Senator Sanders supports,' Gunnels said." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Dave Gram, "For Dems, A Stepping Stone To Common Ground On Health Care," The Associated Press , 06/20/16)

Steve McMahon, A Democratic Consultant, Said The Public Option Is An Example Of How The "Bernie Sanders's Campaign Is Having An Effect On Hillary Clinton's Policies." "'From a progressive point of view, that's exactly what was hoped for and that is exactly what is happening.' The idea of allowing people to buy in to Medicare has been discussed in policy circles and in Congress for decades. Mrs. Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, floated a similar proposal in 1998, including it in his State of the Union address that year. The strategy has been embraced by many advocates of single-payer health care as a way to move more Americans into the existing government system. An incremental expansion of Medicare was the hoped-for strategy of Medicare's original authors. But it is a new idea in Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign." (Alan Rappeport And Margot Sanger-Katz, "Hillary Clinton Takes A Step to the Left on Health Care," The New York Times , 05/10/16)


As Secretary Of State In November 2012, Clinton Called TPP The "Gold Standard" In Trade Agreements, Saying It Includes "Strong Protections For Workers." CLINTON: "So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Techport Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 11/15/12)

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As Secretary Of State, Clinton Took "A Leading Part In Drafting The Trans-Pacific Partnership." "She's pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China's shadow. She's also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors." (Elizabeth Dwoskin and Indira Laksmanan, "How Hillary Clinton Created A U.S. Business-Promotion Machine," Bloomberg , 1/10/13)

As "One Of The Leading Drivers Of The TPP When Secretary Of State," CNN Found That Clinton Spoke In Favor Of The Trade Deal At Least 45 Times. "But as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns." (Jake Tapper, "45 Times Secretary Clinton Pushed The Trade Bill She Now Opposes," CNN, 6/15/15)

Now On The Campaign Trail, Clinton Has Shamelessly Flip-Flopped, Claiming She Opposes TPP

In October 2015, Clinton Reversed Course, Now Publicly Saying She Opposes TPP. "After months of delicately avoiding expressing an opinion on the controversial trade deal, Mrs. Clinton said the agreement in its current form did not meet her high bar for protecting American workers, the environment and advancing national security." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Opposes Obama's Trade-Pacific Trade Deal," The New York Times , 10/7/15)

On The Campaign Trail Clinton Says She Would Reject "Bad Trade Deals…Including The Trans-Pacific Partnership." CLINTON: "We'll say no to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which does not meet my high bar for creating good paying jobs." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Raleigh, NC, 06/22/16)

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Clinton's Flip Flop Is "A Classic Political Decision"

Former Obama Adviser David Axelrod Said Clinton's Move Was "A Classic Political Decision, That You Can Flip-Flop If You Flop Over To The Popular Side Of An Issue." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "A lot of Obama administration officials shaking their heads when Hillary Clinton first staging intimating that she might vote against this trade deal, that as you know, she really helped push when she was Secretary of State. Are you surprised?" FORMER OBAMA SENIOR ADVISER DAVID AXELROD: "No, not really. Look, I think this is kind of a classic political decision that you can flip-flop if you flop over to the popular side of the issue, and I think that's the calculation she made. The great risk though is that her great liability in this race so far has been this sense that she's inauthentic, and that's of course Bernie Sanders strength, or one of his strengths. And so, this lurch on this issue opens her up to another charge inauthenticity and I think you may hear some of that on the stage on Tuesday." (CNN's "The Lead," 10/8/15)

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The Washington Post Editorial: Clinton's Trade Flip-Flops Are "Transparently Inconsistent" And "Insults The Electorate's Intelligence." " Ms. Clinton's dash for the tall grass is transparently inconsistent with the position she embraced as Mr. Obama's secretary of state. 'Our hope is that a TPP agreement with high standards can serve as a benchmark for future agreements - and grow to serve as a platform for broader regional interaction and eventually a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific,' she wrote in an October 2011 cover story for Foreign Policy magazine. Indeed, given this well-known record, her avoidance now rather insults the electorate's intelligence." (Editorial, "Hillary Clinton, MIA On Trade, " The Washington Post ," 5/12/15)

Salon's Jack Mirkinson Said Clinton's Opposition To TPP Is "One Of The More Brazen Flip-Flops In Recent Political Memory" Due To The "The Jaw-Dropping Transparency" Of Her Political Motivation. "Nothing says 'election season' quite like politicians dumping their long-held policy stances overboard in a desperate gambit to gain votes, but you have to hand it to Hillary Clinton. With her recently-announced opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, she's making one of the more brazen flip-flops in recent political memory. What's so amazing about Clinton's newfound opposition to the highly controversial deal is the jaw-dropping transparency of the move." (Jack Mirkinson, "Memo To Progressives: Hillary Clinton Is Lying To You," Salon, 10/8/15)


Clinton Flip Flopped On Obama's Executive Action To Defer Deportations For Certain Illegal Immigrants

In September 2014, Clinton Dodged When Asked If She Supported Obama's Immigration-Related Executive Action Delays By Two Activists From The DREAM Action Coalition. ACTIVIST #1: "Hi my name is Monica Reyes and I'm an Iowa DREAMer. I was wondering -" CLINTON: "YAY!" ACTIVIST #1: "How you feel about Obama's delay on immigration." CLINTON: "Well I think we just have to keep working. Can't stop ever working." … ACTIVIST #2: "President Obama has broken his promise to the Latino community Madame Secretary and we wanted to know if you stand by the President's delay on immigration." CLINTON: "You know I think we have to elect more Democrats." ACTIVIST #2: "Umm…" (Hillary Clinton, Harkin Steak Fry, Indianola, IA, 9/14/14)

The DREAMer Who Questioned Clinton Said She Was "Not Really Happy" With Clinton's Response. MSNBC'S JOSE DIAZ-BALART: "Joining me is one of the DREAMers who questioned Secretary Clinton, Monica Reyes. Monica - thanks for being with me, appreciate your time." DREAMER MONICA REYES: "Hi. Thank-you for having me here." DIAZ-BALART: "What did you expect to hear from Hillary Clinton? What was your reaction to her response?" REYES: "I honestly was not sure what to expect. That was really why I was doing this. I wanted to see what her stance was on President Barack Obama's delay on immigration. I honestly - I was not really happy with what she said. We really need to hold Democrats accountable for this broken promise on immigration reform and her response didn't really help out with that." ( MSNBC's "Jose Diaz-Balart," 9/15/14)

In May 2015, Clinton Said She Would "Do Everything Possible Under The Law To Go Even Further" Than Obama's Immigration-Related Executive Action If Congress Doesn't Act. CLINTON: "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers, including those with us today, at risk of deportation. And if Congress continues to refuse to act, as President, I will do everything possible under the law to go even further. There are more people, like many parents of DREAMers and others with deep ties and contributions to our communities, who deserve a chance to stay and I will fight for them. The law currently allows for sympathetic cases to be reviewed. Right now, most of these cases, have no way to get a real hearing. Therefore, we should put in place a simple, straightforward, accessible way for parents of DREAMers and others with a history of service and contribution to their communities to make their case, and to be eligible for the same deferred action as their children." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Immigration Round Table, Las Vegas, NV, 5/5/15)

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