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- April 8, 2016

Bill Clinton Has Taken The Throne From Biden As The Chief Off-Message Gaffe Machine For A Democrat Running For President


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • As Hillary Clinton's top surrogate, Bill Clinton has been a fixture on the campaign trail, but his gaffes have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
  • Bill Clinton's off-message gaffes include criticizing the Clinton-Obama economy, scolding Black Lives Matters protesters, patronizing Bernie Sanders supporters and even admitting to his own wife's foreign policy failures.
  • As Bill Clinton usurps Joe Biden as the Democrat's new gaffe machine, Hillary Clinton's campaign may want to "stop letting this rambling old man speak for her."

DESPITE HIS WIFE'S ATTEMPT TO COURT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT, BILL CLINTON ANGRILY SCOLDED THE GROUP, ACCUSING THEM OF "DEFENDING MURDEROUS DRUG DEALERS"

Yesterday, At A Campaign Rally For His Wife, Bill Clinton Angrily Unloaded On Black Lives Matters Protestors, Yelling That By Protesting They Were Defending Drug Dealers And Murderers. BILL CLINTON: "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait, wait. I want to be able to -- come on. No. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You need to understand, this is what's the matter. I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn't. She didn't. You are defending the people who killed the lives, who you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns. There was a 13-year-old girl in Washington, D.C. planning her own funeral, how would you do it? Look at these other ones. Look at this. That's not true!" (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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New York Magazine Headline: "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protesters Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers ." (Eric Levitz, "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protestors Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers," New York Magazine, 4/7/16)

Salon Headline: "Black Lives Matters Protesters Heckle Bill Clinton - And His Terrible Response Was Cringeworthy: 'You Are Defending The People Who Killed The Lives You Say Matter.'" (Brendan Gauthier, "Black Lives Matters Protestors Heckle Bill Clinton-And His Terrible Response Was Cringeworthy: 'You Are Defending The People Who Killed The Lives You Say Matter," Salon , 4/7/16)

During Clinton's Campaign She Has "Courted" The Black Lives Matter Movement And Met With Activists To Discuss "Racial Justice And Law Enforcement Reform." " Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter advocates on Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss racial justice and law enforcement reform. Attendees said Clinton talked more frankly about racism and the long legacy of slavery than she does in public, and they characterized the meeting as tough and productive. Clinton and her top competitor for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have courted Black Lives Matter activists while seeking to distinguish themselves on criminal justice reform." (Dana Liebelson and Ryan Rielly, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Meeting With Black Lives Matter," The Huffington Post, 10/9/16)

BILL CLINTON HAS SLAMMED THE OBAMA LEGACY, WHICH HILLARY EMBRACES

Just In The Past Two Weeks, Bill Has Slammed Obama's "Awful Legacy"

Just Yesterday, Bill Clinton Criticized Obama's Performance As President, Saying That "Unlike When I Became President, A Lot Of Things Are Coming Apart Around The World Now." BILL CLINTON: "And keep in mind, unlike when I became president a lot of things are coming apart around the world now." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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At A Campaign Rally Last Month, Bill Clinton Slammed Obama's "Awful Legacy." BILL CLINTON: "I literally from the time I met her 45 years ago until we talked yesterday, she is the best change maker I have ever known. She always finds a way to make something good happen, to make people feel empowered, to buy people into the process, to make democracy work the way the framers intended for it to work. Now if you don't believe we can all grow together again, if you don't believe we're ever going to grow again, if you believe it's more important to re-litigate the past, there may be many reasons that you don't want to support her. But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her. Because she's the only person who basically has good ideas, will tell you how she's going to pay for them, can be commander-in-chief, and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and Independents alike." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Spokane, WA, 3/21/16)

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Hillary Clinton Has Been Attempting To Draw Comparisons Between Herself And President Obama And Has Said She Will Protect His Legacy If Elected. "Bill Clinton's remarks come a week before the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and two weeks before the South Carolina Democratic primary, at a time when Hillary Clinton has drawn comparisons between herself and Obama, who is highly popular among the Democratic base, and talks about the importance of protecting his legacy." (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)

BILL CLINTON HAS SLAMMED THE OBAMA ECONOMIC RECORD, WHICH HILLARY GIVES AN "A" GRADE

Bill Clinton Has Repeatedly Attacked The "Pretty Picture" Obama Has Painted Of The Economy, Even Though Hillary Clinton Has Portrayed Herself As The Rightful Heir To The Obama Economy

Bill Clinton Bashed Obama's Economy When He Said "Millions And Millions And Millions And Millions Of People" Can't "Find Themselves In It To Save Their Lives." BILL CLINTON: "But, here's the deal. So why is it such a wacky election? Because, millions and millions and millions and millions of people look at that pretty picture of America he painted and they cannot find themselves in it to save their lives. That explains everything. That explains a lot of intensity in our party, and what looks to the outside observer like a grade school playground fight in the other debates, in the other party. People are upset, frankly, they're anxiety-ridden, they're disoriented, because they don't seem themselves in that picture. Hillary is running for president to put every single American in the picture President Obama painted." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Raleigh, NC, 3/7/16)

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Bill Clinton Trashed Obama's "Beautiful Picture" Of Economy, Saying "Millions Of Americans Can't Look At That Picture And Find Themselves And Their Families In It To Save Their Lives." BILL CLINTON: "Why is there so much intensity and anger and confusion and anxiety? Because that beautiful picture of the future the President painted? Millions of Americans can't look at that picture and find themselves and their families in it to saves their lives." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, St. Louis, MO, 3/8/16)

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Bill Clinton: Most "Can't Find" Themselves In Obama's "Pretty Picture" Of The Economy. BILL CLINTON: "So, you got a lot of people that say, 'oh that's a really pretty picture Mr. President and I know you're telling the truth, and he is, but right now I can't find myself in it.' Hillary is running for president so that every single person in this country can find themselves in that picture for the future." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, St. Louis, MO, 3/8/16)

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Bill Clinton Isn't Exactly Giving The Obama Economy An "A" Grade Like His Wife Did

In October 2015, Hillary Clinton Gave The Obama Administration An "A" For Its Overall Performance, Including The Clinton-Obama Economy. CLINTON: "I'd give him an 'A.' I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from falling into a great depression, for saving the auto industry which represents millions of jobs up and down the supply chain, for beginning the crackdown on Wall Street abuses with Dodd-Frank, for getting the Affordable Care Act passed, for really being as responsive as he could possibly be given the obstructionism that he faced with the Republicans in Congress." (Hillary Clinton Interview With The Boston Globe, 10/17/15)

Bill Was Channeling His Inner-Biden, Who Famously Said The Obama-Biden Policies Had "Buried" The Middle Class

FLASHBACK: Like Bill Clinton, Joe Biden Famously Slammed Obama's Legacy, Admitting The Middle-Class Has Been "Buried" Under His Policies. JOE BIDEN: "All kidding aside, all the boos, stop all the malarkey. Look guys, this is deadly earnest man. This is deadly earnest. How they can justify - how they can justify raising taxes on a middle class that has been buried the last four years? How in Lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?" (Vice President Joe Biden ,Remarks At A Campaign Event, Charlotte, NC, 10/2/12)

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BILL CLINTON HAS BLAMED OBAMA'S FAILURES ON HIM NOT BEING A "CHANGE-MAKER"

Bill Clinton Said President Obama Was Not A "Change-Maker." "America doesn't have a 'president that's a change-maker,' according to a clip of former president Bill Clinton that aired on MSNBC. The footage of a Tennessee event broadcast Friday night showed the former president talking about his wife, Hillary Clinton, as being 'the best change-maker I've ever known.'" (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)

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BILL CLINTON PRAISED AS ONE OF HIS "FAVORITE COMPANIES," ONE WHICH HILLARY BRANDED A CORPORATE VILLAIN

Bill Clinton Defended Johnson Controls As One Of His "Favorite Companies" After Hillary Clinton Called Out The Company For Walking Out On America

At An Event For His Wife's Campaign, Bill Clinton Called Johnson Controls One Of His "Favorite Companies," Praising The Work The Company Has Done With The Clinton Foundation. BILL CLINTON: "Including, by the way, one of my favorite companies, Johnson Controls. It's a clean energy company that worked with our foundation to retrofit the Empire State Building, we cut the electric us in that old building by 40%, created 275 full-time jobs for two and a half years doing it. But, Johnson Controls is an auto-supply company, they come to Congress and they 'please bail out the auto industry.' And Congress helped them, and they should have. Detroit just had its best month ever and whoa to us if we had lost the manufacturing of automobiles and light trucks in America. But then, as soon as they got well, they got under the influence of these activist shareholders who made them pretend to sell themselves to a company in Northern Ireland where they could pay a third of the taxes. I think if we help somebody, and they bolt on us, they should pay an exit fee." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A 'Get Out The Vote' Event, Greenville, NC, 3/14/16)

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In A February Campaign Ad, Hillary Clinton Attacked Johnson Controls For Its Corporate Inversion Plan, Declaring "If I'm President, When Companies Walk Out On America, They'll Pay A Price." HILLARY CLINTON: "This is Johnson Controls … But now that Johnson is back on its feet, they're gaming the system and moving profits to Ireland so they can avoid paying taxes here at home. It's an outrage. If I'm president, when companies walk out on America, they'll pay a price." (Hillary For America TV Ad, "Johnson Controls," Released 2/23/16)

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Hillary Clinton Has Made Johnson Controls Her "Corporate Villain On The Campaign Trail." "Hillary Clinton's new corporate villain on the campaign trail, Johnson Controls, fired back Thursday, denying Clinton's assertion that it had sought out government protection or taken a government bailout." (Jackie Kucinich, "Hillary Clinton's Corporate Villain Hits Back," The Daily Beast, 2/4/16)

  • Reuters Headline: "Hillary Clinton Calls Johnson Controls-Tyco Inversion 'Outrageous.'" ("Hillary Clinton Calls Johnson Controls-Tyco Inversion 'Outrageous,'" Reuters, 1/25/16)
  • Real Clear Politics Headline: "Hillary Clinton Ad Calls Out Auto Parts Company That Received Bailout For Corporate Inversion . " ("Hillary Clinton Ad Calls Out Auto Parts Company That Received Bailout For Corporate Inversion," Real Clear Politics , 2/23/16)

BILL HAS ALIENATED SANDERS SUPPORTERS, WHO HILLARY CLINTON WILL DESPERATLEY NEED IF CLINTON SECURES THE DEMOCRAT NOMINATION

Yesterday, Bill Said That Sanders' Supporters Are Just Protesting To Be Mad At Something. BILL CLINTON: "And the great Irish poet, wrote a poem about the Easter uprising where all this began. Trying to explain something that explains today. He said, too long a sacrifice, Yates did, too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. And so when you see these young people just desperate to you know, they say, 'what the heck, let's just protest, let's be mad.' Here's what I know, it's okay to say that but you can never make a stone of your head, you always gotta keep thinkin', you always gotta keep looking forward you always gotta keep asking yourself what will make it better." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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McClatchy Headline: "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton . " (Anita Kumar, "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton," McClatchy, 4/6/16)

Some Clinton Backers Fear That Following The Primary, Sanders Supporters Will Not Reconcile With Clinton As A Democrat Nominee. "While many Democrats point to the reconciliation that occurred after the rough 2008 contest between Clinton and Barack Obama - despite the dead-ender protestations of some Clinton backers - some fret that the dynamic is different with Sanders, in part because many of the younger voters and independents who like his message don't associate with a party. In that case, it might not matter much that Clinton actually has a higher approval rating among Democrats now than Obama did at this point in 2008." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders Rallies Take A Darker Turn," Politico, 2/5/16)

Even If Clinton Gets The Nomination, She "Might Have Serious Trouble Winning Over [Sanders] Voters…" "Even if she eventually vanquishes Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Hillary Clinton might have serious trouble winning over his voters. One out of four Sanders supporters- 25 percent - say they would not back Clinton in a general election if she became the Democratic nominee for president, while just 69 percent say they would support her, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll." (Anita Kumar, "25 Percent Of Bernie Sanders Voters Would Shun Hillary Clinton," McClatchy, 4/6/16)

Yahoo News Headline: "Some Sanders Supporters Say It's 'Bernie Or Bust' And They Will Never Vote For Hillary Clinton . " (Hunter Walker, "Some Sanders Supporters Say It's 'Bernie Or Bust' And They Will Never Vote For Hillary Clinton," Yahoo News, 3/26/16)

BILL HAS GONE SO FAR AS TO ADMIT HILLARY'S SIGNATURE "RESET" WITH RUSSIA FAILED

Bill Clinton: Only One Thing Survived Hillary's "So Called" Russia Reset. BILL CLINTON: "She negotiated a treaty with Russia which is the only that survives our so called reset, trying to improve our relations. It's called the New START Treaty and it basically dramatically reduces the likelihood of accidental or intentional nuclear exchange with Russia and in a dangerous, turbulent world, I think that's a pretty big deal." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Dubuque, IA, 1/7/16)

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At A January Campaign Rally, Bill Clinton Knocked Hillary's Russia Reset Policy, Conceding It Had Few Accomplishments And Went From "Our Attempt To Do Better" To "Estrangement." BILL CLINTON: "The only thing that has survived the estrangement of the United States and Russia from our attempt to do better is something called the New START Treaty, negotiated by Hillary's State Department, which makes us much safer from this prospect from an accidental or intentional nuclear exchange. In a dangerous world, I think that's a pretty good deal." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally, Nashua, NH, 1/4/16)

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Hillary Clinton On The Russia Reset, June 2014: "I Thought It Was A Brilliant Stroke, Which In Retrospect Appears Even More So, Because Look At What We Accomplished." BBC HOST: "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?" HILLARY CLINTON: "No I thought it was a brilliant stroke, which in retrospect appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished." ( Interview With BBC, 6/13/14)

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On the campaign trail, Bill Clinton Has Been "UNPREDICTABLE," OFTEN "CAUSING HEADACHES" AS The TOP Surrogate For His Wife's campaign

Jezebel Headline: "Hillary Clinton Should Stop Letting This Rambling Old Man Speak For Her." (Julianne Shepherd, "Hillary Clinton Should Stop Letting This Rambling Old Man Speak For Her," Jezebel, 4/7/16)

"The Reality Is That No One - Certainly Not At The Staff Level - Can Control What Bill Clinton Says Or Does." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

When Bill Clinton Is Stumping For His Wife, "He Seems To Lose It." "In his post-White House years, Clinton has become a coveted Democratic surrogate. But when it comes to his wife's campaigns, something else can happen: He seems to lose it. It was true in this crucial nominating state in 2008, where Hillary Clinton lost badly to Barack Obama." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Bill Clinton Is An "Unpredictable Advocate" For His Wife. "And it's been true this month, when the former president has reemerged as a potent but unpredictable advocate who sometimes helps his wife's cause - and sometimes doesn't." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Politico Magazine Headline: "Hillary's Bill Problem Is Back." (Gil Troy, "Hillary's Bill Problem Is Back," Politico Magazine, 3/10/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Clinton's Tone And Arguments Don't "Always Mesh With What His Wife Is Saying On The Same Day, Somewhere Else On The Campaign Trail." "Sometimes, it's the tone and apparent vitriol in Clinton's voice that seem to hit the wrong note. Sometimes it's the actual argument, which doesn't always mesh with what his wife is saying on the same day, somewhere else on the campaign trail." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

The Same Thing Happened When Bill Was A Surrogate In 2008

In 2008, The Clinton Campaign Stumbled With "Bill's Temper Tantrum Over Hillary's Losing South Carolina…" "And sometimes, they stumbled together. During Barack Obama's 2008 surge, Bill's temper tantrum over Hillary's losing South Carolina prompted unfair charges of racism." (Gil Troy, "Hillary's Bill Problem Is Back," Politico Magazine, 3/10/16)

"Clinton Supporters Worry That History Might Be Repeating Itself, And That The Former President's Attacks Could Boomerang On His Wife By Turning Off Large Swathes Of The Democratic Electorate." (Niall Stanage and Arnie Parnes, "Clinton Attacks On Sanders Make Dems Nervous," The Hill, 2/8/16)

"There's No Real Debate That The Former President Hurt His Wife's Cause During The 2008 Campaign…" "Then there is the most enigmatic of factors when dealing with Hillary Clinton: Bill Clinton. There's no real debate that the former president hurt his wife's cause during the 2008 campaign thanks to a series of impolitic comments about then Sen. Barack Obama." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

When Bill Clinton Attacked Obama In 2008, It Was "Widely Seen As Counter-Productive." "The shift by the Clinton team to a more aggressive footing evoked memories for some of her 2008 campaign against Barack Obama, when Bill Clinton and other surrogates mounted attacks that were widely seen as counter-productive." (Niall Stanage and Arnie Parnes, "Clinton Attacks On Sanders Make Dems Nervous," The Hill, 2/8/16)


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