Hillary Clinton's Paperback Memoir Deletes Inconvenient Support Of TPP That Was In The Hard Cover Version
from the convenient-deletions dept
I’ve seen plenty of nonfiction books that add some amount of content in the process from the original hard cover release to the eventual paperback release. But apparently Hillary Clinton went the other direction and conveniently excised all of the stuff about her support of the TPP. It’s no secret that, while facing a considerable challenge from Bernie Sanders in the primary contest, Clinton’s views of the TPP flip flopped from supporting it to being against it. She did try to explain away the flip flop by saying that it was about the details, but still, if you’re going to actually change your position, you should own it. Instead, it looks like Clinton and her campaign are simply trying to rewrite history. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) first noticed a series of big changes in the paperback edition of Clinton’s book, including excising the support of the TPP — such as two full pages about a conference in El Salvador where she spoke in favor of the agreement.
The IBTimes (first link above) has since found even more examples of support of the TPP that was excised from one version of the book to the other, including talking about how the TPP “was important for American workers, who would benefit from competing on a more level playing field.” Of course, it’s also been kind of comical to see a variety of Republican websites now posting this story and mocking Clinton, considering that Republicans (not Trump, but most of the rest of them) have been the main supporters of the TPP all along. Basically, as with so many of these issues, no one looks good here. Almost no one believes that Clinton’s current opposition of the TPP is legitimate. Instead, it’s pretty clearly just politically convenient. And attempting to rewrite history to delete those earlier views just looks silly.