“At the first whiff of this story, it's kind of shocking, $275,000 for an hour speech,” said Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Since leaving the White House in 2001, the Clinton's have raised millions of dollars touring the speaking circuit. In fact, the family's wealth can be attributed mostly to the steep fees both Hillary and former President Bill Clinton charge for public appearances.
MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt agree with Brzezinski, saying that Hillary Clinton's “tone deafness” has surprised them.
“Ex-presidents make money like this, not candidates before they run,” another panelist, NBC News' Chuck Todd, said. “I don't think there's anybody around her that thinks about the presidency, because if they were, they wouldn't be making these mistakes.”
“I think she is substantially weakened from where she was just a couple of months ago,” Schmidt said. “I mean, she has gone from the most ecumenically admired figure in American politics and enjoyed huge support among Republicans, to 30 points in a couple of months, just by being present talking about politics. It is a remarkable fall.”
Sure, Scarborough noted, the Clintons reportedly donate much of the cash raised from speaking fees to their non-for-profit Clinton Foundation. However, he added, this will probably do little to placate people who “realize she got paid more in an hour than some voters get paid in four years.”
“They are worth $100 million. Like, $275,000, that's a ton of cash, unless you were worth $100 million. So why do it?” he asked.
Clinton has also done herself no favors in this area, claiming -- unbelievably -- that her family was “dead broke” when they left the White House and that they are not “truly well-off” (despite have a net worth of nearly $150 million).
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)