Sanders then said that Clinton's answer was "not good enough."That's pretty disgusting. But it's also par for the course because Hillary Clinton is a goddamned horrible monster. Everyone watching the debate at the time picked up on it. And those people, being engaged likely voters with internet connections discussed it online. Democracy and free speech in the 21st Century are neat.
"I have never heard a candidate — never — who has received huge amounts of money from oil, from coal, from Wall Street, from military-industrial complex, not one candidate says, ‘Oh these campaign contributions will not influence me. I’m going to be independent,'" Sanders said. "Well, why do they make millions of dollars of campaign contributions? They expect to get something. Everybody knows that."
Clinton jumped in to defend herself.
"He has basically used his answer to impugn my integrity, let’s be frank here," she said of Sanders before citing her work in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
"I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtime Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild," she said.
What's new, though, is Hillary's campaign decided to respond by ridiculing that activity.
So had Clinton, the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris, referenced the New York City tragedy to rebut a critique from Bernie Sanders about her Wall Street contributions?Because in 2016, the problem isn't the terrible monsters fed by criminal finance leading our destructive imperial foreign adventurism from 9/11 to Iraq to Syria to.. the next terror blowback.. and right back into the next horrific imperial adventure. The problem is that "a person on Twitter" (notice how they make it sound as though we're talking about a single isolated critic) was impudent enough to say something they didn't like.
No, her campaign said — it was Andy Grewal.
Grewal is the Iowa resident and debate viewer who upon, watching the exchange that led to Clinton’s remark, fired off a disapproving tweet that was featured later in the broadcast. “Have never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations. Until now,” Grewal’s tweet read.
When one of the debate’s moderators, CBS News’s Nancy Cordes, read the tweet aloud, Clinton did not push back on the characterization. “I’m sorry that whoever tweeted that had that impression, because I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, said that Grewal, the Twitter user, had mischaracterized the remark.