STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Sociopath or Public Servant? Clinton’s ‘Trust Gap’ May Be Rooted in Her Personality
By Daily Bell Staff - June 28, 2016

Clinton on voters’ trust issues: ‘I know I have work to do’ … Hillary Clinton, facing direct criticism about her trustworthiness from rival Donald Trump, admitted Monday she needs to do more to earn voters’ trust.  “I personally know I have work to do on this front,” Clinton said at a Rainbow Push Collation luncheon, from prepared remarks. –CNN

This recent speech by Ms. Clinton was an effort to rectify a growing “trust gap” between her and voters. It was all about acknowledging mistakes – and showing she listened and cared.

More:

Clinton has long struggled to explain why voters don’t trust her, but Monday marked the most thorough and comprehensive attempt she has made to address the issue during this campaign.

“It certainly is true, I have made mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t,” she said.

But Clinton also blamed external factors.  She pointed out that opponents “have accused me of every crime in the book. None of it is true, never has been.”

The CNN article (above) expanded on this point, explaining how being in the public eye for so long had allowed criticism to take hold and fester.

Clinton acknowledged in her speech that she couldn’t simply talk away the doubts.

It remains a problem. A New York Times/CBS News poll earlier this year discovered 64% of voters answered “no” regarding their belief that Clinton was “honest and trustworthy.”

And even as Clinton addressed the issue as best she could, the Internet, or certain parts of it, were flooded by reports of a UN official who died accidentally before a trial that supposedly would have seen him testify against her.

The imputation, of course, was that she somehow had him murdered.

From the NY Post’s Page Six:

John Ashe was due in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who is charged with smuggling $4.5 million into the US since 2013 and lying that it was to buy art and casino chips.

According to Page Six, prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the bagman Ng. “It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.”

Snopes contradicted this perception: “Ashe wasn’t going to testify against Hillary Clinton.” The reports were simply fallacious.

This is perhaps symptomatic of Hillary’s larger plight. Her reputation for supposedly nefarious deeds is so extensive and well known that people easily think the worst of her.

And her enemies, of which there are many, exploit her reputation by continually circulating items about her that further impugn and reduce her reputation.

Sometimes, Ms. Clinton is her own worst enemy.

Not long ago she told an urban radio show that she liked to carry hot sauce in her handbag. This may have been a clumsy attempt to reduce  the impact of a quote of hers regarding young black men. According to the Washington Post:

“They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators,’ ” Clinton said in 1996, at the height of anxiety during her husband’s administration about high rates of crime and violence. “No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Clinton has been near the center of the political scene for so long that her gaffes are probably as well known as they are numerous. And it is easy to find lists of serious accusations leveled against her.

Among others, the conservative website WorldNetDaily posted a list of 22 purported Clinton scandals in mid-2015. You can see the list HERE,

Excerpts below (some language from WND):

Turning the IRS into a ‘gestapo’ to attack enemies during her husband’s presidency.

Attacking Bill’s former lovers via blackmail, intimidation, harassment and worse.

Shielding Bill from accusations of rape and battery leveled at him as a result of numerous fleeting trysts.

Vandalizing the White House when leaving office and trying to steal its furniture.

Stealing a comprehensive list of FBI files in order to gain information on adversaries who were then blackmailed.

Murdering deputy White House counsel Vince Foster to ensure he wouldn’t talk about two others scandals: Travelgate and Whitewater.

Keeping top secret emails, on a private email server located at her home – instead of using the government-mandated process while serving in high appointed positions.

Soliciting million-dollar donations during Bill’s re-election campaign from technology companies in return for permission to sell high-tech secrets to China.

Firing the staff of the White House Travel office in order to replace them by friends and then trying to put the head of the travel office, Billy Dale in prison. (Travelgate.)

Assisting in the collapse of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, a Little Rock savings bank, as a result of the collapse of a real estate deal. (Whitewater.)

Murdering dozens of additional individuals to ensure that additional scandals were never prosecuted. (Lists of suspicious deaths and suicides circulated regularly on the Internet during the years of the Clinton administration.)

Providing favors for various foreign individuals and enterprises while Secretary of State in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Filing false tax returns regarding Clinton Foundation’s income and activities.

There are even more scandals in the WND list, which apparently doesn’t include one that took place during Bill’s Arkansas governor days involving cocaine smuggling in and out of the Mena airport to generate income for covert Latin American wars.

Many of these scandals are well-documented but for some reason both Hillary and Bill  have escaped indictment.

That may not be the case now, as the private email server scandal is so well known and egregious that it can neither be explained-away nor ignored.

Ultimately, the “trust issue” that Ms. Clinton is determined to rectify may be more deeply rooted than she wants to admit. It seems to have to do with an almost compulsive level of brutality, arrogance and contempt.

This was briefly on display when she told a reporter regarding Libya and Muammar Gaddafi, “We came, we saw, he died.”

She seemed more amused than regretful, though the Libyan war, in addition to its great violence, left an entire country shattered, its infrastructure ruined, its prosperity destroyed.

Conclusion: When evaluated all at once, her actions seem those of a sociopath who will go as far as necessary to achieve her goals. Her terrifying personality traits are probably what Americans are responding to subconsciously when they find her untrustworthy. These traits will not be fixable no matter how hard she tries to bridge the “trust gap.”

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  • Praetor

    You could view it this way! Hillary is the sociopath, and Bill is the psychopath. They both show traits of these mental conditions. Both are antisocial and care not one wit about peoples rights, their safety nor their lives, ‘We The people’ are just pawns in their sick game. Neither one of these two show any remorse or guilt.

    Their only goal in life is to get away with as much immoral activity and not get caught. Lookout U.S. if these two are back in the white palace, they have gotten worse.

    If the masters of fiat empire want these two in control, what does that say about the them!!!

    • Earn nest

      They get away with it. We know many crimes and unethical activities yet they seem neither to be prosecuted to any extent nor are their supporters diminished in number. I naturally assume both the prosecution and their supporters are essentially corrupted.

      • Praetor

        Total corruption or worse! The ‘worse’ may have no words to describe what it is!!!

    • FreeOregon

      The desire for power attracts mentally unbalanced people.

      Isn’t the solution to diminish, indeed extinguish, government’s access to force and its penchant for threats of violence?

      Disarm the police. Return to a citizen’s local militia.

      What if the Swiss decentralized system is more attuned to human nature?

  • Dalton

    Hopefully there are enough Americans left with the ability to discern what the consequences will be if this corrupt sociopath is elected.

  • i am not a name

    Same old game, different election, this one being elevated to the world stage to better serve globally run dialectics. Soon we will be discussing these in a much wider context. Thanks TDB,

  • Scott

    ̶S̶o̶c̶i̶o̶p̶a̶t̶h̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶P̶u̶b̶l̶i̶c̶ ̶S̶e̶r̶v̶a̶n̶t̶?̶ Psychopath!

  • Guy Christopher

    Interesting headline, DB. Do you really have to ask? Might have been an easier read to headline how to deal with a psychopath in high government.

  • FedUP15232

    Isn’t the body count of mysterious deaths surrounding the Clinton’s up to around 50 now? I think some of the firsts were the two boys who were run over by a train near the Mena airport. That was ruled accidental until somebody found the stab wounds in what was left of their bodies.
    My personal favorite is the mysterious death of Ron Brown, Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce. He was on a trade mission when his plane crashed and all aboard were killed. The plan crashed because the radio beacon used for an instrument landing had been moved from the airport to the side of a hill. Strange.. But the strangest part was the .45 bullet hole found in the top of Brown’s head.

  • DonRL

    It has nothing to do with her personality. It has every thing to do with here being a psychopathic liar. One positive note: With most politicians you wonder whether they are lying or not; with HC you don’t have to wonder, you know. Need I say more?

  • MetaCynic

    After decades of the Clintons’ much publicized insatiable greed and evil machinations, what really disturbs me is why do even 36% of voters still regard them as honest and trustworthy? Either these voters are asleep or they too are guided by the Clintons’ moral compass. Why isn’t Trump leading by double digits in the polls unless many of the 64% will vote for Clinton regardless of her level of dishonesty and untrustworthiness because they expect her to shower them with free stuff.

    As for why have the Clintons never been indicted for anything, that’s easy to understand. All those who are in a position to indict them are themselves probably morally compromised and can be blackmailed. After so many decades of public “service” the Clintons have managed to acquire some dirt on all of them. Those who miraculously have nothing to hide can probably be taken care of with a bit of loot from the Clinton Foundation.

    Americans need to look for protection from the Clintons’ from outside our criminal justice system. Since he fears WW3 if bloodthirsty Hillary is elected, Putin has probably kept his hackers busy digging up all kinds of dirt on her. Once she’s in office and rules America by decree, it would be too late to dump his findings. Therefore, we can probably look forward to some October surprise about Bill and Hillary which will shock even the most impenetrable of her supporters.

  • alaska3636

    Is MSM helping to position Trump? It appears so. This article from CNN takes Trump’s nationalism at face value without all the conflation with racism:

    Donald Trump slams globalism, promises to upend status quo
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/28/politics/donald-trump-speech-pennsylvania-economy/

    The interesting thing: by far, the best tactic used against Trump has been to call everything he does racist. This article takes the Guardian’s failed approach against Brexit, by invoking the expert consensus:
    “The Chamber of Commerce, the big business lobby that traditionally backs Republicans, issued a swift statement warning that Trump’s proposed policies would herald another U.S. recession.

    “Under Trump’s trade plans, we would see higher prices, fewer jobs, and a weaker economy,” the group tweeted, linking to a lengthier article warning that a recession would hit the U.S. “within the first year” of a Trump presidency.”

    Here is the report from the US Chamber of Commerce:
    https://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/trump-s-trade-policies-would-make-america-recession-bound-again

    “Does a recession sound “great” to you? Do 7 million lost jobs sound like “winning?” No, probably not. And yet, that’s exactly where our country would be headed under Trump’s trade policies, according to an analysis released last week.”

    Let’s ignore for the moment that 7 million lost jobs is a figure that was pulled out of nowhere; do US voters care what the US Chamber of Commerce thinks about Trump? One could argue that this actually positions Trump in a more positive light. Instead of calling him racist, they are confronting his policy proposals which makes him seem more legitimate.

  • Bruce C.

    Another facet to all of this, unfortunately for the country, is even if Hillary were not such a narcissist, her actual political beliefs and desires and values are horrendous. That’s a whole ‘nother subject – which is usually the main one under consideration for a Presidency – but hasn’t really been examined/exposed – yet. Old videos of her speaking about various policies and agendas (nationalized healthcare and her attitude about government, for example) would give you the creeps.

  • maxparrish

    First of all, I think that this article brought out why Hillary Clinton is subject to derision. It is her character, not her gender.
    Secondly, I believe the overall tone of debate has devolved into incivility because of the divisive nature of this administration and the constitant blame cast on it’s opponents for every conceivable ‘obstruction’ of its whims.

  • Harry de Vries

    This is absolutely increadible but i think for most politicians and people that have tasted power too long the saying is true “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

    And it is also quite true that people with a certain type of character “the borderline sociopats and even borderline psychopats are people that often end in positions of power in corporate or government environments simply because these people literally will do whatever it takes to end up in positions of power, where normal people shy away from doing unthinkable things the sociopats and psychopats lack the conscience to care and will kill if needed to get what they want.

    Hillary Clinton might be one of the prime examples of that type of people but in history there have been countless of people like her in positions of power all over the globe and probably since the beginning of mankind.

    • vongoh

      Congratulations, you have cracked the ‘central macro-social code’ of the human species.

      Understanding and accepting this core dynamic completely changed my perception of the world.

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