Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of “Third World” style corruption following an Associated Press report that “more than half the people outside government who met Clinton while she was secretary of state donated money to the Clinton Foundation.”
“It is a total embarrassment if our secretary of state can be bought or bribed or sold,” he told a rally in Austin, Texas after a damaging Associated Press report raised questions about whether donors to the Clinton Foundation paid cash for access to America’s top diplomat.
“It’s a disgrace, this is a threat to the foundation of democracy,” said Trump. “This is what happens in Third World countries.”
While there’s no proof at this stage that anyone broke the law — nevertheless, “the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton.”
A New York Post article makes no bones about its interpretation of the AP report. The title, “New revelations show a nation for sale under Hillary Clinton,” couldn’t be more explicit.
And the article hammers home, throughout, its title’s assertion.
Here are some excerpts:
The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it.
The Clinton Foundation was ostensibly set up to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Though it’s done some fine work, its most fruitful program has been leveraging Clinton’s position in the State Department to enrich her family, friends and cronies.
It is becoming clear the foundation was a center of influence peddling. Rock stars. Soccer players. Conglomerates. Crown princes. All of them paid in. All of them expected access to the US government.
Want a seat on a government intelligence advisory board even though you have no relevant experience? The Clinton Foundation may be able to help.
Recently, the foundation announced it would ban donations from corporations and foreign countries if Hillary is elected president. The question is: If it’s a conflict of interest when Hillary will be president, why wasn’t it a problem when she was secretary of state?
Let’s also not forget that during Clinton’s tenure at State, she failed to disclose that regimes across the world were giving her charity hundreds of millions. Because she needed to hide this, she ended up sending 110 emails containing classified information — eight of which had “top secret” information, according to the FBI.
The question is, how much more of this stuff needs to come out before it finally sinks in with a potential majority of the voting public that Hillary Clinton is the last person on earth who should be entrusted with the most powerful office in the world?