To believe anti-Clinton critics, you would think Bill and Hillary Clinton were more powerful, evil and diabolical than even the most over-the-top villain in your stereotypical spy movie. The Clintons have been accused of:
- Being serial killers. (No, seriously, there are individuals out there who think they’ve killed well over 90 people.)
- Money laundering and racketeering.
- Covering up multiple rapes.
- Raising Chelsea Clinton as their daughter — when she’s not really their daughter.
- Running a drug-smuggling ring while Bill was governor of Arkansas.
- Ordering Chelsea to get pregnant before Hillary ran for president to make her seem more likable.
- Fixing a primary election via voter fraud, and also forcing minority voters to overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton.
- Rigging an FBI investigation with a director of the FBI who’s not only a Republican, but worked for the Bush administration.
While those clearly aren’t all of them (there are plenty more), I think this paints a pretty good picture of just how absurd the propaganda against the Clintons has been during the last 20+ years.
That’s not even including the new “target” for Republicans: The Clinton Foundation.
While it’s not exactly “new,” painting the Clinton Foundation as some massive, global evil empire they use as their own “pay for play” scheme is clearly the new “thing” Republicans are going to go after considering their email and Benghazi witch hunts didn’t go how they wanted.
As I’ve said plenty of times before, for Republicans, this isn’t about proving any of these accusations. They don’t have to. They’re well aware that as long as they put these conspiracies out there, and the right-wing media runs with them, they will then become “true” to the vast majority of Republican voters.
For example, look at Benghazi. It doesn’t matter that multiple investigations, including several led by Republicans, debunked all the absurd conspiracy theories that had been pushed by the right (the stand down order, her sleeping through the attack, etc.) millions of Republicans will still believe all of it and nothing you show them — even the GOP’s own investigations — will change their mind.
What that all means is, no matter how many ridiculous lies are fabricated about the Clintons, as long as Republicans can muddy the waters enough to make people question what is or isn’t true (which really means people will simply pick and choose what they want to believe), then their anti-Clinton propaganda is successful.
Which brings me back to the Clinton Foundation.
Now, to listen to anti-Clinton folks, the foundation is nothing but some “front” for their unethical and corrupt activities. Clearly, based on all the other diabolical conspiracies people believe the Clintons have gotten away with, there’s no way they’d start a charity simply aimed at helping people all over the world.
But let’s think about this logically, shall we? I know that’s hard for many anti-Clinton people to do, but we should really try.
Here we have two apparent “evil geniuses” who are so crooked, corrupt and shady that they’ve supposedly orchestrated murders, rigged FBI investigations, organized drug-smuggling rings and pulled off illegal arms deals — who were dumb enough to create a pay-for-play “front” with their name written all over it? Not only that, but they created a foundation where donations could be tracked and known publicly by most anyone who wanted to know who (and how much) was giving to the foundation?
Is that what these conspiracy people are more or less saying?
Then, even though the Clintons obviously knew that anyone who wanted to see the donation records of the foundation could do so, they went ahead and decided to use the foundation with their name on it to supposedly launder money from foreign countries and other shady characters who donated money expecting to “get something” from them in return.
Now, maybe I’m just a little “nuts,” but if I were someone capable of covering up multiple murders; rigging FBI investigations; fixing primary elections; and the whole host of other horrific things the Clintons have been accused of, I think I would find something a little more “subtle” to set up a “pay-for-play” scheme centered around international crime that could potentially be linked all the way to the White House. You know, at least slightly more subtle than a foundation with my last name on it!
But that’s just me.
FYI, since this seems to be the biggest myth many anti-Clinton people believe about the foundation: No, Hillary Clinton did not accept money via the foundation as part of a deal that sent uranium to Russia. This is a conspiracy that’s been debunked numereous times for quite a while now.
Oh, and there’s no credible link toward donations and arms deals, either. If you don’t believe me, then just ask Fox News’ Chris Wallace who got the author of Clinton Cash to admit that there wasn’t.
And, by the way, according to a non-partisan website that simply tracks the ratings of charities, the Clinton Foundation has an “A” rating for their work helping people all over the world.
So, for someone to honestly believe that Bill and Hillary Clinton use their foundation as a front for their international crime ring where they help set up arms deals, support illegal wars and a bunch of other illegal activity — that means they believe that they were capable of getting away with every outlandish conspiracy that they’ve been accused of for the last 20+ years — but were dumb enough to set up this highly complex international crime organization masquerading as a charity with their name on it where everyone would know that it was their foundation and who was donating to it.
This all reminds me of a question I often ask these people — especially conspiracy theorists: Do you actually listen to the things you say?
I know this much, the Clintons are smart enough to know that their foundation is the last place they would want to try to conduct any sort of shady behavior. After 20+ years of their enemies spending hundreds of millions of dollars scrutinizing and digging into anything and everything they do, a foundation with their name on it would probably be the dumbest place for them to attempt to get away with anything corrupt.
Again, do these conspiracy people actually listen to the stupid things they say?
When you actually take a moment to think about all of this nonsense rationally, it sure as heck doesn’t seem like they do.
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