Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended months of speculation over her political plans on Sunday after she officially announced her 2016 presidential campaign.
She made the announcement in a YouTube video about Americans facing new challenges and changes. The video ended with Clinton saying, “Everybody needs a champion. And I want to be that champion.”
Clinton already polls well, especially when compared with Republicans Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, but she has a history of mistakes, misstatements and flawed decisions that could drive voters away.
Clinton, like most politicians, has a tendency to engage in falsehoods for political gains.
To impress voters during her 2008 campaign against then-Sen. Barack Obama she claimed dodging sniper fire at Tuzla airport during the war in Bosnia. "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base,” she stated at one point.
However, when footage of the said incident contradicted her assertion, Clinton admitted she simply "misspoke" adding it was something that could happen to anybody.
Neglect of human rights abuses for oil money
She also has a tendency to overlook human rights when it comes to personal gain – apparently.
When Clinton served as secretary of state, human rights groups and union leaders urged her to address the Colombian government and press for the protection of oil company workers who had been threatened with violence by the military.
The pleas were, however, ignored, according to a recent report by the International Business Times, because the oil company in question, Pacific Rubiales, pledged millions of dollars in aid to the Clinton Foundation.
Championing middle-class while living the high life
In her campaign video, Clinton promised to serve as the "champion" of middle-class Americans but her past record shows she doesn’t live her own life like one.
Last August, the Las Vegas Review-Journal obtained a copy of the contract related to a scheduled October 13 speech at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation fundraiser.
The document showed the secretary of state's extravagant demands for luxury accommodations, private jet travel and unbelievably high fee.
Advocating feminism while standing by Bill Clinton
Clinton, who could potentially be the first female president of the United States, of course champions herself as a hardcore feminist; however, a number of critics claim she is anything but.
Apart from the claim that most of her political accomplishments are mostly rooted in Bill Clinton’s rise to power, Hillary Clinton’s undying defense of her husband’s extramarital affairs will never let her achieve the status of a true feminist.
Vote for the Iraq War
Clinton was one of the many senators who voted for the Senate Joint Resolution 45, which gave then-President George W. Bush the authority to make what is now regarded as the biggest mistake in American military history.
This flawed support was one of the main reasons that led to Clinton's defeat at the hands of Barack Obama in 2008 – and there’s little doubt that people will remember this during the 2016 elections as well.