New emails leaked Saturday by WikiLeaks show that Hillary Clinton branded her opponents as “unAmerican.”
During an Oct. 29, 2013 speech at the Goldman-Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit in Marana, Ariz., Clinton bitterly attacked conservative Republicans. Transcripts of the speeches, which Clinton has refused to release, were leaked by Wikileaks as attachments to the leaked email from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
“They just have a backward-looking view of America. And they play on people’s fears, not on people’s hopes, and they have to be rejected. I don’t care what they call themselves. I don’t care where they’re from. They have to be rejected because they are fundamentally unAmerican,” she said.
She also castigated senators who blocked Democratic proposals as “obstructionist” and said they should “get out.”
In a comment clearly targeting Republicans, Clinton also called for rule changes to block senators from holding up legislation.
” … we need to change the rules in the Senate, having served there for eight years. It’s only gotten more difficult to do anything. And I think nominees deserve a vote up or down. Policies deserve a vote up or down,” she said.
“And I don’t think that a small handful of senators should stand in the way of that, because, you know, a lot of those senators are really obstructionist. They should get out,” she said.
“They should make their case. They should go ahead and debate. But they shouldn’t be able to stop the action of the United States Senate. So I think there does have to be some reworking of the rules, particularly in the Senate,” said Clinton.
She also attacked conservatives for not understanding the nation.
” … what I really resent most about the obstructionists is they have such a narrow view of America. They see America in a way that is no longer reflective of the reality of who we are. They’re against immigration for reasons that have to do with the past, not the future. They can’t figure out how to invest in the future, so they cut everything,” she said.
Also during that speech, the former secretary of state addressed American policy in Syria.
” … we’re in a time in Syria where they’re not finished killing each other, where it’s very difficult for anybody to predict a good outcome and maybe you just have to wait and watch it,” she said.
In discussing claims from China to control the South China Sea, an issue that has since sent U.S. warships into the region to ensure open shipping lanes, Clinton said, “China basically wants to control it. You can’t hold that against them. “
Clinton was secretary of state when WikiLeaks first published U.S. diplomatic communications, many of which showed the unflattering view in which diplomats abroad held foreign officials.
“I was Secretary of State when WikiLeaks happened. You remember that whole debacle. So out come hundreds of thousands of documents. And I have to go on an apology tour. And I had a jacket made like a rock star tour. The Clinton Apology Tour,” she said. “I had to go and apologize to anybody who was in any way characterized in any of the cables in any way that might be considered less than flattering. And it was painful. “
Clinton — who used a private email server for her emails that was not a secure system — also admitted that the State Department was the constant target of cyber attacks.
” … you know, the State Department was attacked hundreds of times every day, some by state-sponsored groups, some by more independent operators,” she said. “But it was the same effect. People were trying to steal information, use it for their own purposes.”
During an Oct. 24, 2013, speech, the transcript of which was published Saturday on WikiLeaks, Clinton noted that “political reasons” were the root of regulatory reform of Wall Street.
“There was also a need to do something because for political reasons,” Clinton said. “If you were an elected member of Congress and people in your constituency were losing jobs and shutting businesses and everybody in the press is saying it’s all the fault of Wall Street, you can’t sit idly by and do nothing.”
That same day, she told Goldman-Sachs executives that “to be an effective, efficient economy, we need to have all parts of that engine running well, and that includes Wall Street …”
Clinton told Wall Street executives that in addressing the future of reforms, she wanted to “concentrate on the most effective way of moving forward with the brainpower and the financial power that exists here.”
Regulations for Wall Street should be designed by Wall Street, she later said, because “the people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”
Clinton also said regulations were having a bad effect on Wall Street.
“There are so many places in our country where the banks are not doing what they need to do because they’re scared of regulations,” she said.