Hillary Clinton is false in everything, a gold-plated phony seemingly incapable of uttering a true word. She lies with abandon. She lies with the ease of a pathological liar. Everyone knows it. Everyone sees it.
Examples could be multiplied endlessly. Think only of the various statements she has made about her email arrangement. Has any of them stood the test of time? I don’t think so. She has told so many whoppers it’s hard to keep track of them all. The editors of the New York Post compiled “Hillary Clinton’s five email lies” this past August, but she keeps at it. Shannen Coffin noted in late September, “Hillary now blames her lawyers.”
Churchill famously observed of the Gallipoli operation in World War I that the terrible “ifs” accumulate. In Clinton’s case, the terrible lies accumulate. It is probably her most notable feature.
CBS News’s Scott Pelley must be feeling the Bern. He must be feeling it big time. How else explain his question to Clinton slyly asking if she has always told the truth to the American people? The truthful answer, of course, is: You’ve got to be kidding. Surely you jest. Is this some kind of a joke? Or: What is truth? This video excerpt of Pelley’s interview must be something like an instant classic.
“Well, I have to tell you, I have tried in every way I know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer all the way through my time as Secretary of State, to level with the American people,” Clinton said to Pelley.
Pelley then asks: “You talk about leveling with the American people. Have you always told the truth?”
“I’ve always tried to,” Clinton responds. “Always, always.”
Pelley contemplates Clinton’s evasion of a direct answer. He wonders whether he should fasten on it. He follows up: “Some people are going to call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself. ‘Always tried to.’ Jimmy Carter said, ‘I will never lie to you.’”
“No, I’ve always tried to,” Clinton responds. “You know, you’re asking me to say have I ever. I don’t believe I ever have. I don’t believe I ever have. I don’t believe I ever will. I’m going to do the best I can to level with the American people.”