Hillary’s flip-flop on TPP was a group effort

The biggest hit Donald Trump landed in the first debate was when he hammered Hillary on TPP.

The whole exchange caught Hillary in her own web of lies.

TRUMP: And now you want to approve Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it. Then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, I can’t win that debate. But you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA.
 
CLINTON: Well, that is just not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out. I wrote about that in…
 
TRUMP: You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen.
 
CLINTON: No.
 
TRUMP: And then you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it.
 
CLINTON: Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts. The facts are — I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated…

Well, now. I’ve been combing through the Podesta emails WikiLeaks released today and damn, if I didn’t stumble across an email conservation on how to frame Hillary’s flip-flop on TPP.

The email originated from Jake Sullivan and was sent to just about everybody from the Clinton campaign on April 13, 2015.

Sullivan lays out three possible statement options to deal with Hillary’s flip-flop. The first was crafted by Sullivan and John Podesta. Option two was scripted by Jennifer Palmieri. The final option was written by Robby Mook.

The fourth options was written by Hillary Clinton.

Hahahaha! Just kidding. Hillary has no hand in any of this.

In reply, a John Anzalone from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research writes this:

I am for three [Mook’s option] because it sends the strongest signal not only Labor but to where voters are on trade. They feel they always get the raw end of the deal. I am less concerned about historical blowback on her past position than this issue eating us alive for being on the wrong side and giving Progressives a real reason to try and push someone more weighty into the primary. There are no other issues that Labor cares about. This is it for them and they actually have voters on their side.

Note what he says, “I am less concerned about historical blowback on her past position than this issue eating us alive for being on the wrong side of trade…”

In other words, better to flip-flop to a position more popular with voters and Labor than to be on the wrong side and lose their support.

Anything for votes, right?

Later in the email string, Anzalone writes:

Naturally we should not be making this decision in a policy vacuum or just because we are concerned about a story of her changing her mind or taking on Obama. It is so much bigger than this. Getting on the wrong side of Labor on the only issue they care about has ramifications on the ground in these early states. I say we suck it up and be as definitive as possible from the beginning that we don’t like these deals. We will be right with voters and right with labor. We get no integrity gold star for staying pure on this issue because of one line [in] friggin Hard Choices or because this is a key issue for a lame duck president.

In other words: “Screw her past position! Screw Obama! We have an election to win!”

Read that a couple times.

Now, the “one line in friggin’ Hard Choices” Anzalone is referring to is this:

This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.

Now, notice, Hillary doesn’t say she “hopes” TPP will be a gold standard as she claimed in the debate. She said unequivocally that does set the gold standard.

And here, in April of 2015, Clinton’s battalion of staff are discussing how to get her to weasel out of that statement.

Why? Because if she doesn’t, she will lose the labor vote and be seen on the wrong side of an issue.

Read the whole email thread HERE. It’s best to scroll down to the bottom and read it from the first email sent in the chain and then work your way to the top.

In an earlier email chain dated April 5th, Robby Mook bitches about the timing of the TPP vote coinciding with Hillary’s announcement. He writes:

The timing is so annoying. Steps right on launch. Would be a shame to have labor booing her right out of the gate

Now, if Hillary Clinton was always opposed to TPP, why would they worry so much?

Because she wasn’t.

Her current position was a carefully crafted flip-flop.

The purpose was clear: to make sure that Hillary’s “position” on TPP would play well among specific voting blocs, namely Labor unions.

Honestly, what a lying, pandering hag she is.

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2 thoughts on “Hillary’s flip-flop on TPP was a group effort

  • October 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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    “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” …until it doesn’t!

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