Hillary Clinton might as well have been criticizing herself in a recent interview in which she discussed the erosion of public trust in the media and political elites.
“Look at the nonsense that people say running for office. I mean, just ridiculous stuff,” Clinton told Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein in a 40-minute interview released on Monday.
“And they get away with it because there’s no big gong that rings that says ‘Oh, my gosh, look at what so-and-so just said.'”
Clinton, who told Klein she supports more fact-checking in the national news media, has been accused of spouting “ridiculous” claims during her presidential campaign.
Those claims — from her deceptive defense of her use of a private email system and lucrative speeches she gave to Wall Street banks to flip-flops on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, gay marriage and immigration — have translated into dismal trustworthiness ratings.
The Washington Post reported last week on those weak trustworthiness scores:
In an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll in late June, 69 percent of respondents said they were concerned that Clinton has a record or reputation as untrustworthy. A CBS News poll in June found 62 percent saying Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, while 33 percent said she is. Her ratings on this were similar to Trump’s (63 percent not honest, 32 percent honest).