The skeletons continue to pile up in Hillary Clinton’s closet

Hillary Clinton needs to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other large financial institutions. Her campaigns lack of cooperation with this whole debacle is extremely unsettling and it could cost her this primary season. At $200,000 a piece, these private speeches are starting to become a real threat to the integrity of her campaign and herself.

This week during a town hall meeting in Nevada, an audience member pressed Clinton to release the transcripts so that voters can see what was said. She answered saying that she will release them once everyone else does. Well, quite simply, nobody else on the democratic side has accepted well over $200,000 for a private speech. That is unless you have a problem with the speeches Senator Bernie Sanders gave, summing up to about $1,500 dollars, of which he donated to charity and released the transcripts for. Why doesn’t she lead by example and release the transcripts? After all, she is running to become president of the U.S.

This wasn’t the only unsatisfying answer she has given regarding this problem. In another town hall, Anderson Cooper asked why she had accepted such large sums of money. She answered: “that’s what they offered.” The answer was met with laughter and applause as if it would suffice. In the same answer, she stated that she didn’t really know if she would run for president or not at the time she gave the speeches. Baloney. Everyone knew that when she left as Secretary of State she would run for president this election cycle. Both of the answers she has given thus far are abysmal at best.

Why is this a problem? Well, on top of accepting large sums of money she accepted for her own personal benefit, she has accepted donations to her campaign from Goldman Sachs and other enormous banks and corporations; in fact, most of her top donors are members of these corporations. It is quite evident that the wealthy and elite in this country have a grip on the election process, and the grip doesn’t seem to be loosening any time soon. And by taking part in the system that is so shamelessly corrupt, her campaign is being complicit with the problems we face. If the Democrats want to win this election, I suggest they look elsewhere before the long list of Clinton controversies (especially this one) come back to bite them.

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Charlie is a junior at Loras College. He is a media studies major with a minor in politics. This is his first semester with LCTV News. He is excited to be covering news and politics for the Dubuque area.

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