Hillary Clinton admitted to being ‘kind of far removed’ from the middle class, according to a leaked transcript of a speech she gave on Wall Street.
Wikileaks on Friday published emails from campaign chairman John Podesta. One of them, sent by campaign research director Tony Carrk in January this year, points out ‘flags’ in Clinton’s paid speeches.
The email, titled ‘HRC paid speeches’, lists excerpts from several of Clinton’s speeches in front of audiences such as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.
Carrk seems to have written potential damaging headlines, as if to imagine how her comments could be perceived. One of these possible headlines states: ‘Clinton admits she is out of touch.’
The next paragraph includes the following excerpt, from a speech Clinton gave in 2014.
‘And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. Never.
‘I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing.
‘We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that.’
‘And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.’
Julian Assange, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, had planned to give a speech marking Wikileaks’ 10th anniversary on Monday.
The speech, which could have been damaging to Clinton, could have been an ‘October Surprise’ released in time to influence the outcome of the presidential election.
But he cancelled it and instead spoke by video link in Berlin on Tuesday.
In his email, Clarrk warns his team that they should ‘give an extra scrub’ to a lot of the policy positions expressed in Clinton’s speech.
Clinton once said it is necessary to have both a public and a private position on policy, according to the transcript of a 2013 speech included in Clarrk’s email.
‘I mean, politics is like sausage being made. 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. So, you need both a public and a private position.’
Clinton’s campaign wouldn’t confirm to BuzzFeed whether the emails published by Wikileaks were authentic.
But spokesman Glen Caplin said administration officials have ‘removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized Wikileaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy’.
Clinton once bemoaned the challenges to running for office, according to a 2013 transcript.
‘Part of the problem with the political situation, too, is that there is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,’ she said according to the email.
‘You know, the divestment of assets, the stripping of all kinds of positions, the sale of stocks. It just becomes very onerous and unnecessary.’
Other remarks indicate Clinton expressed pro-trade positions.
‘My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,’ the transcript reads.
Several of the excerpts included in Clarrk’s email discuss security concerns regarding the use of personal computers and Blackerries during her time at the State Department.
‘Every time I went to countries like China or Russia, I mean, we couldn’t take our computers, we couldn’t take our personal devices, we couldn’t take anything off the plane because they’re so good, they would penetrate them in a minute, less, a nanosecond. So we would take the batteries out, we’d leave them on the plane,’ she said according to a 2014 transcript.