On Friday, WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from inside the world of Hillary Clinton, exposing excerpts from the paid Wall Street speeches she guarded so carefully during the Democratic primaries.
In a statement, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “It’s not hard to see why she fought so hard to keep her transcripts of speeches to Wall Street banks paying her millions of dollars secret.”
The majority of the emails appear to have been taken from the account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman. Within them, we are given a glimpse of the Hillary Clinton that only Washington insiders and global financial elites have seen up until now.
In a 2013 speech to a Brazilian bank, Clinton admitted that her economic vision for the future included “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”
Imagine, she said, what increased trade between the U.S. and Latin America “would mean for everybody in this room.”
In a speech sponsored by Goldman Sachs that same year, Clinton – the supposed campaign finance reform warrior – said, “Running for office in our country takes a lot of money, and candidates have to go out and raise it.”
Later in the speech, the woman who has vowed to stand up to the financial sector said that when it came to regulatory reform, “The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”
Podesta, the primary subject of the hack, deflected on the content of the emails.
“I’m not happy about being hacked by the Russians in their quest to throw the election to Donald Trump,” he tweeted. “Don’t have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked.”
Oh, well, don’t trouble yourself, Mr. Important.
Since Podesta brought up Russia, let’s have a little chat about conspiracy theories.
Consider the main narrative sold to us by the Clinton campaign and – by extension – the mainstream news media. The story is almost too perfect: The would-be first female president of the United States vs. one of the most unapologetically sexist men to ever appear on television. If this were a movie, you’d be sneering at the writers for insulting your intelligence. WWE storylines play out with more subtlety.
But these leaks remind us that there’s another narrative that the media has tried very hard to ignore.
In this narrative, Clinton and Trump are symbols of two very different views of the world. Clinton represents unrepentant globalism, an end to strict immigration laws, and the twilight of American exceptionalism. Trump represents a spirit best conveyed by his slogan: America First. For those that see the election through this lens, the personalities of the two candidates are trivial compared to the bigger question:
Do we continue selling our national sovereignty to enrichen the global elite or do we use our power, wealth, and benevolence to help the millions of Americans stuck in a deteriorating economy?
Now put on your tinfoil hat and hypothesize. Go back in time to Thursday. Someone tells you that in 24 hours, emails will be published that reveal Hillary Clinton to be a shameless globalist, confirming everything Bernie Sanders ever said about her and putting her victory in serious jeopardy.
You’re asked to predict how the Democratic/Media establishment will counter this release.
Hmm, you think. They’ll want to divert attention.
Hmm, you think. They’ll want to put the focus back on their preferred narrative.
Hmm, you think. They’ll probably release something that makes Trump look like a sexist monster.