We’ve noticed it. You’ve noticed it: Hillary Clinton is hiding.
Potential Republican presidential candidates are out in public, speaking to voters, and sharing their ideas. But Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found.
Well, we do know she tweeted.
Hillary’s only public appearances in 2015 have been in Canada. And in the previous year, almost every public appearance she made came with huge speaking fees—a quarter million dollars or more and, of course, a private jet.
As some of you have experienced first hand, when reporters are actually permitted to cover Mrs. Clinton, they are mistreated and even followed into the bathroom.
Why would a would-be presidential candidate behave this way? Because she’s made a strategic decision that the only way to ensure she is the Democratic nominee is to make everyone think she’s inevitable. The last time she had to face voters and actually compete for the nomination, she lost to a newcomer. She doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice.
As her poll numbers show, when Hillary is campaigning, she’s much less popular. What’s the only way not to seem like she’s campaigning? Go into hiding.
Here’s a rundown of just how secretive she’s been:
- Days since last press conference: 202
- Days since she’s done an interview: 184
- Days since she’s been in Iowa: 103
- Days since she’s been in New Hampshire: 100
Days since she’s done an event that didn’t require significant speaking fees: 69
At the RNC, we’re going to keep asking, “Where’s Hillary?” You will see more from us in the coming days and weeks.
Other Democrats and their supporters aren’t running from the public. Martin O’Malley has been visiting the early primary states. Ready for Warren continues to ramp up. Even Bernie Sanders has hit the trail.
But where’s Hillary? If she wants to lead the American people, surely she can face the American people.
P.S. Here’s a list we compiled of times Hillary has said “no comment” in just the last nine months.
02/04/15: “A Clinton spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.”
02/04/15: “Neither Ready for Hillary nor Hillary Clinton’s office returned a request for comment.”
02/04/15: “Mrs. Clinton’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.”
02/03/15: “Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment in response to BuzzFeed News’s questions on Monday, but Clinton did tweet the following …”
02/02/15: “A Clinton spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.”
01/30/15: “The incident is reminiscent of the Clinton Global Initiative conference in September, where reporters were being escorted by staff right up to the bathroom stall.”
01/29/14: “A spokesman for Clinton did not immediately return a request for comment.”
01/27/15: “A spokesman for Clinton has not yet responded to a request for comment.”
01/22/15: “A request for comment to the Clinton Foundation regarding Kane’s case went unanswered.”
12/19/14: “Aides to Clinton declined comment.”
12/18/14: “A Clinton spokesman … declined comment and would not provide details.”
12/13/14: “A representative for Clinton didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story.”
12/11/14: “…Clinton’s team has not responded to request for comment…”
12/08/14: “Clinton’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”
12/08/14: “A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”
12/03/14: “A Clinton aide declined comment.”
11/27/14: “A Clinton spokesman refused to comment on the demands.”
11/26/14: “A Clinton spokesman declined to comment on the speaking arrangements.”
11/23/14: “Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill declined comment on the ABC interview.”
11/20/14: “A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton declined comment.”
11/16/14: “…her aides did not respond to requests for comment…”
09/24/14: “The Clinton team is following reporters to the bathroom. Here’s why that matters.”
08/19/14: “A Clinton spokesperson did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment Tuesday.”
08/18/14: “A spokesperson for Clinton declined to comment again on Monday.”
07/16/14: “Clinton aides declined to comment.”
06/27/14: “Her office declined to comment on the UNLV speech.”
06/20/14: “A spokesperson for Clinton did not respond to a request for comment.”
05/21/14: “A spokesman for Clinton did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”