Since the beginning of her campaign last year, Hillary Clinton has steadfastly refused to disclose what exactly she said during the speeches she gave at several large banks, including three at Goldman Sachs, after her tenure as Secretary of State. Attendees of two of those Goldman speeches, both of which took place in October 2013, are now hinting at why Clinton has been so reticent. As one attendee explained to Ben White at Politico:
When Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs executives and technology titans at a summit in Arizona in October of 2013, she spoke glowingly of the work the bank was doing raising capital and helping create jobs, according to people who saw her remarks. ...
She spent no time criticizing Goldman or Wall Street more broadly for its role in the 2008 financial crisis. “It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”
Another attendee of a separate speech in New York told White that Clinton’s remarks were “mostly basic stuff, small talk, chit-chat. But in this environment, it could be made to look really bad.” Yes, yes. Very bad.
In a hilarious act of chutzpah, Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon dismissed White’s questions as “pure trolling”—while still refusing to release the transcripts of the speeches. You can read the rest of White’s piece here.