Hillary: 'All My Grandparents' Were Immigrants, You Know. Facts: No, They Weren't

Guy Benson
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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:09 PM
Hillary: 'All My Grandparents' Were Immigrants, You Know.  Facts: No, They Weren't

This isn't quite as bad as repeating baseless family folklore as established fact for years in order to professionally benefit from academia's "diversity" festish, but it's still a lazy, sloppy pander. Here's Hillary Clinton making things up in Iowa:


"All my grandparents, you know, came over here [to America]," Hillary Clinton claimed, reinforcing her immigration reform bona fides.  Except, it's not true. Three of her four grandparents were born in the United States. Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski reports:

Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton’s sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child. “Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a Clinton spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”

Oh, okay.  She sort of remembers them talking about the immigrant experience, even though they weren't immigrants themselves, so she has "thought of them" as immigrants.  Got it.  Granted, this isn't exactly an earth-shattering mistake, but it reminds us of Hillary's tendency to invent stories for her own political benefit (the infamous "Tuzla dash" being the most embarrassing). It also speaks to a sloppiness that isn't impressive coming from such an experienced political operator.  I'm not entirely sure how many of my grandparents were born in the US -- I believe three of them were, but I wouldn't swear to it.  And I certainly wouldn't state that definitively if I were running for office.  Yet here she is, effortlessly fabricating family history because she perceives an opportunity to "connect."  In fairness, it's entirely possible that at some point along the way, big portions of Clinton's family tree got deleted and wiped clean.  Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton is still ducking reporters, even as major questions about her email scandal and suspect foreign donations to her Foundation (which they will continue to accept as she runs for president, just as they did when she was at State) continue to percolate.  This cocktail of decisions may strike some as arrogant, brazen and unaccountable, but she conducts her business this way for one simple reason:

The answer as to how Clinton could do such a thing is simple: She does it because she gets away with it. That’s how she allowed foreign donations in the first place, even when secretary of state. That’s how the foundation took money from donors she promoted. (Somewhere former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is wondering why he has been prosecuted for somewhat trivial “official acts” on behalf of a donor.) That’s how Clinton set up a private e-mail server and then destroyed e-mails. She does these things because the media, Democratic insiders and, ultimately, Democratic voters never hold her responsible and withdraw support. No elected Democrat has called for her to get out of the race. No liberal pundit has said she is unfit for office. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has not denounced this behavior and declared she is getting into the race to stop these things. MSNBC hosts have not pounded Clinton night after night as they did with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was never proved to be involved in the bridge scandal. Part of the explanation for this stunning toleration of utterly unconscionable conduct is the remarkable discipline with which the left circles the wagons when attacked. And part of is it that Clinton has the party over a barrel. Democrats think she is the only candidate who can run and win, so no one can challenge her.

I'll leave you with one last tidbit from the ridiculous Chipotle saga:


But by all means, please tell us more about fightin' for "everyday Americans," income inequality, and the minimum wage, Hillary.