Hillary Clinton told economists in an off-the-record meeting she wants to ‘topple’ the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton: Allegations I Traded Political Favors For Donations Are Just ‘Distractions’)
The revelations come from a Tuesday New York Times article written by reporter Amy Chozick and entitled “A Newcomer to Populism? Hillary Clinton Campaign Begs to Differ.”
The bulk of the piece describes Clinton’s efforts to recast herself as a populist Democrat in the vein of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
But buried all the way in the 25th paragraph is an account of a meeting Clinton held earlier in the year with a group of unnamed economists:
In a meeting with economists this year, Mrs. Clinton intensely studied a chart that showed income inequality in the United States. The graph charted how real wages, adjusted for inflation, had increased exponentially for the wealthiest Americans, making the bar so steep it hardly fit on the chart.
Mrs. Clinton pointed at the top category and said the economy required a “toppling” of the wealthiest 1 percent, according to several people who were briefed on Mrs. Clinton’s policy discussions, but could not discuss private conversations for attribution. [Emphasis added]
Chozick goes on to write that her sources say Clinton will pitch her “toppling” of the 1 percent as “proposals for changes in the tax code as a way of also investing in education, infrastructure and communities.”
It’s worth noting that with an estimated net worth somewhere between $5 and 50 million, Clinton is comfortably within the richest 1 percent of Americans. (VIDEO:White House Refuses To Deny Hillary Gave Favorable Treatment To Clinton Foundation Donors)
[h/t New York Times]