The New York Times in 1996: Hillary Clinton “is a congenital liar”


I remember William Safire’s columns appearing in my local newspaper when I started paying attention to political news beginning around high school. I don’t remember if I heard it first from him, but I do remember this specific term used on Hillary, “congenital liar,” bandied about back then.

You can read the entire piece here, but here were the best bits from it, not just because they are scathing, but because they highlight just how much the Hillary Clinton of yesterday is the Hillary Clinton of today. Given the severity of Benghazi and the email scandal, she’s actually worse now.

Why wouldn’t she be? As instance upon instance of her getting away with things over the decades pile up, why not become more brazen and entitled?

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.

Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.

In the aftermath of the apparent suicide of her former partner and closest confidant, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, she ordered the overturn of an agreement to allow the Justice Department to examine the files in the dead man’s office. Her closest friends and aides, under oath, have been blatantly disremembering this likely obstruction of justice, and may have to pay for supporting Hillary’s lie with jail terms.

Again, the lying was not irrational. Investigators believe that damning records from the Rose Law Firm, wrongfully kept in Vincent Foster’s White House office, were spirited out in the dead of night and hidden from the law for two years — in Hillary’s closet, in Web Hubbell’s basement before his felony conviction, in the President’s secretary’s personal files…

Therefore, ask not “Why didn’t she just come clean at the beginning?” She had good reasons to lie; she is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends.

h/t Intellectual Froglegs

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