Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night in her usual boring and monotonous fashion, reminding everyone what a horrific candidate she is. Beneath all the monotony, Clinton lied, as she is wont to do as soon as she opens her mouth. Here are the nine biggest lies in her speech.
1. Hillary lied about the economy. She used the same phony statistics that President Barack Obama used in his speech:
Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs.Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That's real progress.
The Daily Wire went through these bogus statistics here. Most of the increases in Americans with health insurance have been due to the expansion of Medicaid, a program that is riddled with problems and will become further burdened with millions more Americans on it.
2. Hillary pretended to care about coal, when she has promised to further smother the industry. Clinton said her goal will be to create more jobs "in places that for too long have been left out and left behind" which includes "Coal Country" and "regions hollowed out by plant closures."
However, back in March, Clinton vowed to pummel the coal industry. Here's what she said:
I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim?
And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.
Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.
Sure doesn't sound like Clinton is going to create good-paying jobs for coal country.
3. Hillary blamed Wall Street for the 2008 financial crisis, deflecting from the fact that it was her husband's administration which was chiefly responsible for the crisis. Clinton's line on this was brief, but blatantly false: "I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again."
The implication here is the standard leftist line that the 2008 financial crisis was the result of Wall Street running roughshod due to a lack of regulation. But this is not what happened. In reality, it was the federal government that strong-armed the banks into giving loans to people with bad credit, creating a house of cards that eventually came tumbling down in 2008, and this primarily occurred under the Clinton administration. This is explained thoroughly here, here and here.
4. Hillary says she's adheres to science. She doesn't. "I believe in science," Clinton said. "I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs."
For someone who believes in science, Clinton sure paid lip-service to the anti-science position that vaccines are somehow connected to autism in 2008. Like the anti-vaccine rhetoric, the idea that climate change is manmade is not supported by science, as explained here. And despite what Clinton says, renewable energy is simply not viable at this point in time, as detailed here and here.
5. Her income inequality statistic was wrong. "When more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top 1%, that's where the money is," Clinton said.
The Associated Press fact-checked Clinton's claim, and determined her statistic "probably relies on outdated figures and exaggerates inequality."
"The top 1 percent captured 52 percent of the growth in incomes from 2009 through 2015, still a hefty amount," the AP writes. "But that's down from the 2009 through 2012 period, when the top 1 percent captured 91 percent of the growth."
6. Hillary also repeated the oft-cited myth that the rich don't pay their "fair share." "Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes," Clinton declared.
Time and again, the statistics prove that the rich do pay their fair share. The Pew Research Center, using data from the Internal Revenue Service, determined that between January and September 2014, those with incomes of $250,000 or higher paid 51.6 percent of all federal income taxes, while those with incomes at $15,000 or less paid 0.1 percent of income taxes.
There was also a report from the Congressional Budget Office that concluded that in 2011:
While the top 1% of households accounted for 15% of all income, they paid 35% of all federal income taxes. The bottom 20% accounted for 5.3% of income, but they got more in refundable tax credits, on average, than they paid in income taxes.
Even when you include payroll and other federal taxes, the bottom 20% carried just 0.6% of the total tax burden.
As for the tripe that corporations don't pay their fair, Scott Hodge at the Tax Foundation explains here that in the short-run, it's the shareholders who are primarily burdened by it, but in the long run it's the workers and consumers who pay for it. For someone who claims to stand up for the little guy, Clinton is advocating for a policy that schlongs them.
7. Hillary seriously claimed that Iran deal "put a lid on Iran's nuclear program." In fact, it's just the opposite.
8. Hillary also claimed that she has no inclination of becoming a gun-grabber. "I'm not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment," Clinton said. "I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."
And yet back in October, Clinton said that Australia's gun ban is "worth looking at." In other words, Clinton thinks it is worth looking into disarming law-abiding gun owners.
9. Hillary repeated the oft-cited myth that there is "systemic racism." "Let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable," Clinton said.
And yet the statistics–as chronicled here and here–prove that "systemic racism" does not exist and is a simply race-baiting tool for leftists like Clinton to pander and gain votes while further dividing the country.
Quotes from Clinton's speech provided from a transcript in The Los Angeles Times.