Back when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York primary in April, it was little surprise. After all, New York is technically Hillary’s “home state” (although one wonders whether she had set foot in it for longer than it took to catch a connecting flight at LaGuardia before she realized it had an open Senate seat and was suitably liberal).
It also wasn’t a surprise when Clinton spent her victory speech flogging the dead equine that is class warfare. Given the fact that “income inequality” is a major Democrat buzzword this election cycle, it was a chance for her to make up points on her socialist rival.
What did surprise a lot of people, however, was the outfit she was dressed in.
While she talked to the men and women of New York about income inequality, it seems that she was wearing 40 percent of the average American’s yearly income.
According to the New York Post, while she may have been talking up the haves and have nots, she was doing it in a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket.
For reference purposes, that’s 40 percent of the median income that U.S. workers took home in 2014, or $30,815.
“We all know many people who are still hurting. I see it everywhere I go,” Clinton said during her speech. “The Great Recession wiped out jobs, homes, and savings, and a lot of Americans haven’t yet recovered. But I still believe with all my heart that as another greater Democratic president once said, there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured by what’s right with America.”
Given that Clinton can earn $325,000 a speech, she can safely afford it, but given the subject matter it’s a bit like showing up to a PETA event in Lady Gaga’s meat dress.
Plus, it’s a bit disconcerting to see what $12,495 will buy you. Hillary’s Armani outfit may cost as much as the Kelley Blue Book value of your car, but stylistically, she may have been better off just going to Banana Republic.
Take a look at the jacket, which is 60s-and-not-in-a-good-way retro:
This isn’t the first time that a Democrat has pretended they’re slumming it to drum up votes via class envy. One legendary rumor has it that former vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards — he of the “two Americas” and later of “covering up a love child with a vapid campaign worker” fame — would buy expensive designer suits and then have his staffers rip out the designer labels and sew in tags from Men’s Wearhouse just in case anyone bothered to look.
However, few candidates have been given so much leeway on hypocrisy by the media as Hillary Clinton. What she did is literally like if Nancy Reagan gave her famous “Just Say No” address while taking intermittent hits off of a hash pipe. Yet, we find out about this over a month after it happened, and only stuffed into the back pages.
And if you think she’s bad now, just wait until this hypocrite has the opportunity to come up with creative ways to waste your tax dollars.
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