Clinton Complains About ‘Hillary Standard’ for Corruption

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Hillary Clinton complained to CBS anchor Scott Pelley that she's sick of there being a "Hillary Standard" for corruption but a different standard for others during her interview with running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) on 60 Minutes Sunday.

Pelley told her that he'd recently spoken to a young voter was on the fence about voting for her.

"And he said, and I'll quote, ‘You know, I guess I would vote for Hillary except for that corruption problem,’ end quote," he said. "As I talked to him further, he didn't quite know what he meant by that. But, that was his impression and concern. Why do you think people say that about you?"

Clinton initially said she took full responsibility for the impression that she has left on the American people. Her private email scandal, in particular, and the FBI's assertion that she was "extremely careless" with classified information have contributed to her reputation with the public as dishonest.

However, Clinton then seemed to hit a similar tone from the late 1990s when she referred to a "vast right-wing conspiracy" to destroy her husband's presidency.

"But, I think that it's fair to say there's been a concerted effort to convince people like that young man of something, nobody's quite sure what, but of something," she said. "I often feel like there's the ‘Hillary standard’ and then there's the standard for everybody else."

Pelley asked what the "Hillary Standard" was.

She cited the Republican National Convention, claiming that attacks against her are unfounded and have no basis.

"Well, it—it is, you know a lot of as you saw at the Republican convention—unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality, which take on a life of their own," she said. "And for whatever reasons, and I don't want to try to analyze the reasons, I see it, I understand it. People are very willing to say things about me, to make accusations about me that are—I don't get upset about them anymore, but they are very regrettable."

This is not the first time that she has complained of a double standard against her.

In the primary season, Clinton claimed that she was being held to another form of ‘Hillary standard’ when she was asked to release her transcripts. Demand for these increased when it became known how much she was being paid for a single speech:

"I’m concerned about a constantly changing set of standards for everybody else but me," the former first lady said.

She then changed the subject by arguing that presidential candidates should be releasing their tax returns, saying she has already done this.

"We have certain expectations when you run for president," Clinton explained. "One is release all of your tax returns since you have been in public life. That’s what I’ve done. 33 years are in the public domain. Eight are on my website. Now, there’s a new standard. I’ve said, when it applies to everybody, you bet I’ll meet that standard as well."

Chandler Gill

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Chandler Gill is a Media Analyst for the Free Beacon. Before joining the Free Beacon, she interned at the Heritage Foundation. Chandler went to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied Political Science. She was raised in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In her free time, Chandler enjoys reading and walking around the D.C. area. Her twitter handle is @chandlergillDC.

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