Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton certainly seem made for each other, and that’s not always a good thing. For example, Bill Clinton was a major magnet for controversy when he was the governor of Arkansas and especially when he was president of the United States. However, Hillary Clinton generated her own controversies when he was president, and things only got worse as she became a major politician in her own right.
In fact, Hillary generated so many controversies that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Of course, that’s where we come in: we’ve reviewed all of her controversies and brought you the scoop on the absolute worst ones where she was caught on camera. Without further ado, let’s dive into Hillary Clinton’s most embarrassing moments in the media!
Hillary Clinton’s fake sniper attack
It’s standard operating procedure for politicians to find clever ways to make themselves look and sound more impressive than they actually are. However, it’s a bad idea to outright lie, and it’s doubly bad to do so when there is video evidence of your deceit.
Hillary Clinton discovered this when she decided to run for president. As Reuters reports, she claimed that when she and her daughter Chelsea visited Bosnia in 1996, they came under vicious attack. “There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Just one problem: video evidence soon revealed no such attack ever happened, forcing Hillary to backpedal on her inexplicable story of her and her daughter being in deadly danger.
Angering coal miners throughout the nation
Unsurprisingly, most of Hillary Clinton’s biggest controversies stemmed from her failed campaign to be elected president. She had a larger platform than ever before…and that meant when she stuck her foot in her mouth, it damaged her reputation more than it previously did.
A major example of this occurred in March 2016 during a televised town hall event. She decided to emphasize her prospective green energy initiatives, but she went about it in a very thoughtless way. “I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country,” she said. Continuing, she claimed, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miner and coal companies out of business.”
Needless to say, it’s almost impossible to win over blue-collar workers when casually announcing how you plan to put them out of business!
Major alleged nepotism goes viral
As we noted before, most of Hillary Clinton’s biggest controversies came from her attempt to get elected as president. However, there were some major controversies that occurred back when she was in the White House as First Lady. And this includes a case of major alleged nepotism that generated more than a few negative headlines.
As Reason reports, she fired seven White House employees and then outsourced their work to her friends back in Little Rock, Arkansas. This seemed like textbook nepotism, and those accusations continued long after Hillary Clinton claimed she fired those employees simply because they weren’t good at their jobs.
‘60 Minutes’ of pure embarrassment
One fact about Bill Clinton that often takes younger people by surprise is that he had major sex scandals long before Monica Lewinsky became a household name. Bill already had a reputation as an alleged philanderer, and that became a major focus of the interview when Hillary appeared on an episode of 60 Minutes that aired after the 1992 Superbowl.
The interviewer asked Hillary point-blank about the strength of her marriage to Bill in the wake of all these allegations. “I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” she said. “I’m sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he’s been through and what we’ve been through together. And you know, if that’s not enough for people, then heck—don’t vote for him.”
This angered many people, including Tammy Wynette herself. The singer wrote Hillary an angry letter that forced Clinton to apologize. Of course, a few years later, millions more would join Wynette in her criticisms of Hillary’s remarks.
The Lewsinky scandal made Hillary look like a hypocrite
Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky rocked his presidency, and depending on who you talk to, it permanently harmed his reputation. And while most of this controversy understandably made Bill Clinton look bad, the scandal managed to paint Hillary Clinton in a bad light as well.
As the Washington Post reports, Hillary stood by her man on the Today Show. “It’s just a very unfortunate turn of events that we are using the criminal justice system to try to achieve political ends in this country,” she said. “We get a politically motivated prosecutor who is allied with the right-wing opponents of my husband.”
Some would later say this was the birth of Hillary the politically-savvy operator…the same woman who would later dream of becoming president. At the time, though, it was difficult for most people to ignore the hypocrisy of the woman who claimed she wouldn’t simply stand by her man when he was unfaithful doing just that on the international stage.