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Clinton Complains About Unfair ‘Hillary Standard’

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Elena Weissmann Contributor
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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said that she faced an elevated “Hillary standard” on trust and honesty in a Sunday interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“People are very willing to say things about me, to make accusations about me that are — I don’t get upset about them anymore, but they are very regrettable,” she told CBS host Scott Pelley. “There’s the Hillary standard and then there’s the standard for everyone else.”

Clinton explained by citing “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth” occurring at the Republican National Convention, where attendees repeatedly chanted “Lock her up” in response to the private email server scandal.

Clinton said the chanting made her feel “very sad.”

“I don’t know what their convention was about, other than criticizing me. The people who were speaking were painting a picture of our country that I did not recognize,” she added. “You know, negative, scapegoating, fear, bigotry, smears.”

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the newest addition to the Democratic ticket, praised Clinton for “letting the water go off her back.”

The Republican FBI director already made the decision not to prosecute Clinton, Kaine said. “When I see this, you know, ‘Crooked Hillary,’ or I see the ‘Lock her up,’ it’s just ridiculous,”

Kaine also spoke about why he made a good addition to the ticket, explaining that his past experience as mayor, lieutenant governor, and senator make him a “utility player.”

“I just want to do everything I can to make sure A) we win and that B) the presidency of Hillary Clinton is fantastic,” he added. “With my two cents, I think I can help that happen.”

The interview was the first in which Kaine and Clinton appeared together since Clinton announced the Virginia senator as her running-mate on Friday.

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