Hillary Clinton criminal records: Former Secretary defends rights of former presidents in gaffe video.

Watch Hillary Clinton Bravely Defend the Rights of Former Presidents With Criminal Records

Watch Hillary Clinton Bravely Defend the Rights of Former Presidents With Criminal Records

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Nov. 3 2015 5:46 PM

Former Presidents With Criminal Records

Hillary Clinton bravely defends a disadvantaged class.

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Hillary.

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In a little-watched speech at an NAACP banquet in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, Hillary Clinton addressed “the box”—the section on job applications that requires applicants to indicate whether they have a criminal record. Specifically, she boldly (?) claimed that under an HRC presidency, “former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history at the very start of the hiring process.”

Was it a gaffe? A Freudian slip? A softening liberal opinion of the Bush family? A subtle tip of the cap to Ulysses S. Grant’s reckless horse and buggy rides?

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Maybe all of the above. But it’s also the right thing to do! Former presidents deserve a fair shake on the job front, just like the rest of us.