In April, Hillary Clinton gave a speech about income inequality, job creation and helping people secure their retirement. Her attempt to appear more relatable, however, backfired.
On Monday, a report surfaced regarding what presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wore during a speech in April. Reportedly, she took to the stage to speak about inequality while wearing a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket.
Understandably, the public was quick to point out the hypocrisy of trying to appeal to underprivileged voters – including women who make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes – while wearing a jacket most people can’t afford.
According to the New York Post, the former Secretary of State is known for her vast pantsuit collection, but her upgraded wardrobe is a result of her campaign for president and trying to appear more relatable. Few people seem to be buying it, however.
Hillary gave the speech in a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket, uhmm..yeah she knows all about being poor, right? https://t.co/VEc9acSi0r
— MedicalQuack (@MedicalQuack) June 6, 2016
I'm pretty sure Hillary Clinton would rather talk about merits of a $12,000 Armani jacket than a sales rack Target blue dress… any day .
— BDOE (@BDOEROCKS) June 6, 2016
You would think someone would say: "Hey, Hillary, maybe don't give this speech on inequality wearing a $12k jacket" https://t.co/pTGFlW6BdD
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) June 6, 2016
LA-based political image consultant Patsy Cisneros told the press:
“She’s had to have spent in the six figures on this wardrobe overhaul.”
To be fair, Clinton isn’t the only presidential candidate to have spruced up her image. Michelle Obama is known for wearing designer labels such as Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung, Sarah Palin was gifted $150,000 for new clothes in the 2008 election by the Republican National Committee, and Donald Trump regularly wears Brioni suits, which cost upward of $7,000, relays CNBC.
In addition, it’s hypocritical of the public to accept Clinton’s $325,000 payment for a single speech and not expect her to look the part. This is just one more example of how flawed the system – and society’s mentality – is.
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