Perry responded to recent reports that the Clinton foundation had not notified the State Department when it previously accepted a donation from a foreign nation, Perry questioned Clinton was loyal.
“I think it falls flat in the face of the American people when it comes to, are you going to trust an individual who has taken that much money from a foreign source? Where’s your loyalty?” Perry said in the interview.
The donation in question was from Algeria for $500,000 and came right after the Haiti earthquake. All of the funds were distributed for relief there. The Clinton Foundation is a nonprofit that focuses on issues like economic and leadership development and health security. Since 2010, they’ve raised a total of $36 million for Haiti efforts, according to MSNBC.
“The foundation acknowledged they should have alerted officials about the donation from the country,” they said in the report.
“As the Clinton Foundation did with all donations it received for earthquake relief, the entire amount of Algeria’s contribution was distributed as aid in Haiti,” the statement said. “This donation was disclosed publicly on the Clinton Foundation website; however, the State Department should have also been formally informed.”
Still, Perry chose to paint the oversight in policy protocol as American disloyalty. And even more egregious and presumptive he suggested the American people would question it. Question what exactly? How does an accidental breach in protocol equate to American disloyalty? This kind of exaggeration casts doubt on the mayor’s real intentions.
The tactics by Giuliani and Perry are similar to infamous Republican “whisper campaigns.” The difference is that in “whisper campaigns” the lies, half truths, and suppositions are spread masking the perpetrator of origin to protect liability. The two mayors in this case are overtly attempting to plant a seed of unpatriotic doubt into the minds of Americans about two of the most prominent Democrats—one the current president and the other possibly a future president.
The best way to counter this kind of propaganda is to call it out and confront vague innuendo with facts and the truth. Still once a derogatory allusion has been broached, some people who want to believe the worst, even if it’s untrue, will do so.
As competition for the media spotlight surrounding the 2016 elections intensifies, are these seemingly casual smears an intentional, nefarious effort by Republicans to begin chipping away at the creditability of Democratic leaders?
Running and holding public office means a candidate puts themselves, their family and reputation out for public scrutiny. It’s not for the faint at heart or those unseasoned in the challenges of seeking a career in politics; therefore, President Obama and Mrs. Clinton will move forward prioritizing the best interests of Americans at heart as they have done throughout their careers.
Jones, Tim (March 27, 2007). "Barack Obama: Mother not just a girl from Kansas; Stanley Ann Dunham shaped a future senator". Chicago Tribune. p. 1 (Tempo).
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