The truth was a casualty of Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate.
Hillary Clinton shaded the facts about her use of a private email account while she was Secretary of State and fudged her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., wrongly placed the United States as the world’s leader in wealth and income inequality.
Clinton, whose defense of her private email server has shifted repeatedly over time, said during the debate that what she did was “allowed by the State Department.” However, Clinton was supposed to turn over her personal emails to the Department at the end of her tenure, not two years later as she did. Also, using a private account for all her work emails was “inconsistent with long-established policies and practices under the Federal Records Act and NARA regulations governing all federal agencies,” according to congressional testimony of Jason R. Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives.
Clinton recently spoke out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement among Pacific Rim nations. Debate host Anderson Cooper called out Clinton on her changing positions at Tuesday night’s debate.
“You supported his trade deal dozens of times. You even called it the ‘gold standard.’ Now, suddenly, last week, you’re against it,” Cooper said. “Will you say anything to get elected?”
Clinton told Cooper that when the trade deal was unveiled, she “hoped” it would be the “gold standard” for agreements.
However, that’s not what she said.
“This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field,” she remarked in 2012.
Sanders, for his part, said the United States “should not be the country that has … more wealth and income inequality than any other country.”
When Factcheck.org investigated that claim, it found the U.S. ranked 42nd in income inequality according to the World Bank. In terms of wealth, the United States placed 16th out of 46 nations in the share of wealth held by the richest one percent of the nation’s citizens.