Campus Reform set up an informal survey called “Candidates’ Cribs” in front of the White House recently. The college news site (sponsored by the Leadership Institute) asked Millennials walking by to take part.
Each participant was shown pictures of four extravagant mansions and asked to guess who they belonged to among six choices: billionaire Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Dr. Ben Carson, and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush.
Not surprisingly, people mostly guessed Donald Trump, while Rubio and Carson came up a couple of times too.
None of the participants shown in the video picked Hillary Clinton.
The Campus Reform reporter then asked: “What if I told you all four of these homes were Hillary Clinton’s?
People responded with amazement: “What?!” “Oh wow, are you serious?” “Are they really? D–n, she does have that kind of money.”
“I am very surprised, I did not know Hillary Clinton had that much money, at all.”
The reporter asked some participants: “Does this make you question things a bit, if you vote for her?”
“Ah…yeah, it definitely plays a factor whether I vote for her,” a young woman replied.
Another said: “Now, you’re changing my opinion on the election a little bit.”
As reported by Western Journalism, Hillary Clinton claims she wants to be the “champion” of everyday Americans. She says she can relate to their problems because she wasn’t always a member of the top 1 percent of wage earners in America. The Republican Party put out a chart to illustrate just how relatable her salary is to those of everyday Americans.
Clinton famously said that she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001, even as they purchased a $1.7 million dollar home in Chappaqua in well-to-do West Chester County, just north of New York City. Oprah featured Bill giving a tour of the home on her show. The median annual household income in the town was approximately $160,000 in 2014.
But the Clintons didn’t just have Bill’s pension and Hillary’s salary to make do with; the speaking fees began rolling in almost immediately. The New York Times reports that the Clintons have now earned $125 million in speaking fees since leaving the White House. Their combined income last year, according to a financial disclosure the candidate was required to file, was $30 million.
Bill Clinton was asked last month if he planned to stop taking enormous speaking fees from groups that might create a conflict of interest if his wife should become president, and he said that he would not. The reason why? “I gotta pay the bills,” he responded.
With four mansions to maintain, there are likely bills a-plenty.
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