No matter what side of the political spectrum you most identify with, whether it’s the left, the right, the middle or some other third party, this 2016 presidential election is one of the most interesting and energetic presidential elections ever.
This election has seen a multitude of different issues and scandals—from audio recordings to leaked e-mails- that would have caused either candidate to lose their chance at winning the White House but at the rate this election is going, it’s clear that this isn’t the case.
However, it’s the opinion of this editorial board that the outright lies politicians tend to spin reached a new level last night during the second presidential debate.
Last night, on Oct. 10, during the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, one of the most ridiculous excuses probably ever used by a politician-or rather any human being- was used: Abraham Lincoln.
During the debate, Clinton was questioned on the latest e-mails WikiLeaks released last Friday, Oct. 7 which included the hidden secret transcripts of the paid speeches Clinton gave to top banking executives through the years, including one that had Clinton explaining that you needed to have a public and a private position.
According to the leaked e-mails, Clinton explained that people needed to have two different positions like her: one that was public and one that was private, to be able to “balance” both the public and private efforts to be successful.
This e-mail has led the American public to wonder if what Clinton claims to believe in is what she truly plans to do if she were to be elected as president. When asked during the debate about this, Clinton said that she was referring to Steven Spielberg’s movie, “Lincoln” and is not something she personally believes in.
This editorial board is calling foul. While it’s true that she actually does mention the movie during this speech, she did not state that Lincoln believed in needing a public and a private position but rather used it to back up her claim that two different positions are required by anyone to be successful.
“But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” Clinton’s speech read. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”
She then gives an example from the movie to show what she means, when Lincoln asks Secretary William Seward for help, even though he ran against him for president. She then stops her example and begins to describe politics as being unsavory and like making a sausage before reinforcing her point.
“It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” her speech read. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”
At this point, she is no longer talking about good old Uncle Abe but rather talking about her own personal beliefs and experiences in politics. So yes, by not denying the authenticity of the e-mails, it appears that Clinton has admitted to having two different agendas: the one she is using to win the votes and the one she is secretly holding close to her chest.
Clinton has earned a reputation in many different outlets and groups as being a consecutive liar. While some may argue these claims, depending on your political beliefs, this editorial board thinks it’s obvious that no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, you have to laugh and call Clinton out for her ridiculous Lincoln excuse.
Blaming a former U.S. president, one who has been dead for over 150 years on top of it all, for her reasoning as to why she said two positions is a good system to have politically is an awful and horrible excuse.
The truth is that Clinton was unable to come up with a valid reason when she was put on the spot, fumbled for one and ended up with a comeback one could possibly expect from a child.
Even though her excuse sounded more along the lines of “my dog ate my homework,” we do give her points for creativity.
We also give our condolescences to the spirit of Lincoln who is said to roam the halls of The White House as he’s probably trying to figure out how exactly he wound up being thrown into this mess called the 2016 presidential election.