Bill Clinton says rural folks more gullible

November 8, 2017

Former President Bill Clinton took to the podium at Georgetown University, his alma mater (Class of ‘68), to badmouth political adversary President Trump for badmouthing political adversaries.

Clinton also had come up with an explanation for why Trump did so well in rural America against Democratic nominee (perhaps in light of recent revelations I should say “nominee”) Hillary. Gosh, what else could it be but that rural voters are “trapped” in the sort of out-of-the-way place that makes them more vulnerable to false claims? The implication is that if those folks just had more mobility, they could live in a place that was more progressive and capable of helping them see the light. Ideally, that would be someplace on one of the coasts, where, you know, Hillary did well. They'd love it there!

He criticized the divisiveness of the Trump administration while failing to ask the logical question: What could be more divisive than a former President going around giving speeches that trash the current one?

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  • Iwanna Frizzell

    11/30/2017 12:58 PM

    He has this backwards!! It’s the other way around!!

  • Debra Black

    11/30/2017 11:07 AM

    Quite the contrary. The Clintons have used their legal jargon words wisely over the years to fool us all. We see right through them. The Clintons carry too much baggage and the public knows it.

  • Betty Driver McCaa

    11/27/2017 02:09 PM

    I believe the opposite is true. Rural folks are more in touch with the truth than city slickers and less impressed with the B.S. that these liberals spew. I lived in Ar. When the Clintons were in Little Rock. Most voters were fooled by them but, thankfully not me. I'm sorry that I moved to Va. before you changed the state from Democratic to Republican. Most of my anti-Hillary emails during the 2016 came from Arkansans . I sure wish you'd move to Virginia and get involved in Politics here. Rural and Southern Virginia usually go Republican but, Northern Va. is an embarrassment.

  • Anamaria A. Thomas

    11/22/2017 03:00 PM

    It is about time for things to turn around and investigations start on the Clintons, their Fund, and the Obama's administration, etc.

  • Lorelei Hinton

    11/22/2017 12:34 PM

    Rural, and country folk are a lot smarter than you think we can spot crooked and wicked when we see it city folk live with it and are use to it so with them it goes un-noticed.

  • GLENN BIELER

    11/21/2017 04:54 PM

    I do wish the Clinton would just go away,I am so tired of her b.s. she lost ,get over it and go away. If Bill thinks the people in rural america aren't well informed he don't realize how many iphones and computers and satalite dishes are out in the boonies, I don"t have any relatives that live in rural areas that aren"t connected.probably better then the so called informed yoyo's that rely on the liberal press ,for their lies. Most listen to Rush,and other conservative commentator's and FOX

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    11/20/2017 02:28 PM

    Could they BOTH please just be quiet and go away!! They bore me to tears. I just switch the station or fast forward through their comments. "Don't go away mad. Just go away!" You lost. You're DONE. Be quiet, like ALL the previous
    losers.

  • Paul E Avizinis

    11/20/2017 12:37 PM

    In thinking about who, actually, is more gullible, one could think about lemmings jumping off the cliff. The term "flash mob" certainly comes to mind also and they usually occur in the populated coastal areas. The rural people do not have the time for frivolous activity and do not need to be entertained to be satisfied. I feel a question coming on...So who really is the gullible folks ?

  • Corky Rowe

    11/20/2017 10:47 AM

    If brains were gunpowder this idiot couldn't blow his nose. That's an old saying that my grandad used quite frequently and more an more, as I see and hear our illustrious leaders speak, especially when they're speaking about conservative folk, I think back to how wonderfully accurate he was. Guess it just goes to show, things haven't changed much in the last hundred or so years, in the political arena. Seems to me that he and Hiliary would have been better served to have just tucked their tails where they belonged and slithered away to oblivion, where they could just live out their lives.

  • Pam Stokes

    11/20/2017 10:04 AM

    So, Bill is basically saying that the deplorable, grassroots' hayseeds put our trust and hope in a billionaire businessman from New York City, as opposed to trusting in and voting for that "sweet and sincere delicate flower" who once served as First Lady in the state of Arkansas. And the reason that we did that was because of the "entrapment" of the locale and not having accessible information regarding campaign issues. Hmmm... one would think that a lack of information would result in trusting the hometown girl rather than the city slicker... unless you were aware of the black secret past and the body count along the trail from Arkansas to Washington D.C. Don't sell us short, Bill; deplorables made a decision based on the character and honor of the candidates. And Hillary was unquestionably short in the area of trust and respectability. And lastly, a quote from Hillary; "What difference, at this point, does it make!" Remember Benghazi? We deplorables have not and will not forget--ever!

  • Audrey Skarness

    11/20/2017 07:58 AM

    Wasn't it Hillary who said "when we left the White House, we were dead broke"? Now which "gullible" Democrats gave money to the Clinton Foundation to "help them out of poverty"??

  • Michael Walters

    11/20/2017 04:18 AM

    You know, most normal people would know when to sit down and shut up, but not the Clintons! It appears that they will die running their mouths because they have a lifetime of lies to continually cover up, a never ending process!

  • Dawn Resz

    11/20/2017 03:10 AM

    LOL! No, we don't read or write either, we walk barefoot all year long and marry our first cousins too.

  • Ron Wells

    11/19/2017 11:25 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, What this country needs is more Men and Woman. Men and Women expect the truth from people and a handshake is enough for the person with integrity. Men and Women love the family and country and do what they can to improve the lives of others. Men and Women do get fooled by males and females. It is usually once. The old saying, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. I think the male and female Clinton team has lied and cheated people long enough. Rural folks and many urban folks have had about enough of this game. The Clintons are not the only male and females in politics, the swamp is full of both on both sides of that aisle. Are there any Men and Women in politics? Who actually want to improve the lives of people and live an upright honorable life? Who expects able people to pack their weight in this world and be proud of what they do and believe too much government giveaways (chin wiping) is not good for this country?

  • Carvell Carter

    11/19/2017 06:19 PM

    I grew up in the backwoods of Ark.I now live in the backwoods of Oklahoma. I have news for Mr. Out of Touch Clinton. I may have been mislead and immature years ago, even voted for him once. I have am older, smarter and keep in touch with the outside world. I am not gullible, I have consrvative values and know how to keep up with his discretions.

  • Thomas B Soch

    11/19/2017 05:19 PM

    To be fair didn’t you say or insinuate that coastal people are easier to fool?

  • Dan Kerr

    11/16/2017 06:06 PM

    Mr. Bill shouldn't forget that the entire democratic party relies on the gullibility. The ACA (Obamacare) passage relied on the gullibility of according to Jonathan Gruber at MIT.

  • Pat Stewart

    11/15/2017 05:01 PM

    REALLY???????? Wow, I am amazed at these people! There are NO WORDS!

  • Karen Rehnberg

    11/15/2017 10:59 AM

    Interesting, many of the folks who voted for Bill in his day did NOT vote for lying Hillary. In last election Arkansas went for Trump.

  • Donna Heagle

    11/14/2017 08:52 PM

    I surely do appreciate your newsletters, Governor, it's so good to hear the truth for a change! The really "gullible people" are those that have voted for him or his wife these last years ! I just cannot understand the mentality of the people in this country that continue to believe the lies these people hand out. My husband gets so upset over what's going on in the USA; I believe the devil has taken control and this will continue until the Lord returns. God bless you and all your family.

  • RL

    11/14/2017 08:27 PM

    Gee, I guess the urban parasites on the welfare system are SO sophisticated compared to the rubes in flyover country! Really, Bill? You were elected Governor of Arkansas, and from that platform launched your presidency. Arkansas is more rural than urban. Therefore, you launched your presidential ambitions on the backs of the folks you denigrate.

    The hypocrisy is laughable. If it weren't for a complicit media, you'd have no platform whatsoever!

  • CAROLYNN KETTENTON

    11/14/2017 06:43 PM

    Gullible? What do you call a politician who calls voters names instead of trying to persuade them to see it their way in order to get their vote?

  • Marcia Greer

    11/14/2017 04:11 PM

    Thank you so much Mr. Huckabee for all you are doing. It is encouraging, entertaining and gives us strength in numbers! As far as Bill Clinton goes… He is the reason my parents changed from Democrat to Republican during his shenanigans. I have been shocked that the American public has seemingly forgiven him so easily while people like Judge Moore are being harshly judged on their ancient past! Thank you for having a place where we can converse and thank you for reading this! Also, thank you for helping to continue to show us the hope, joy and fun we can have in this life. Enjoy watching you play in the band! Also, so happy to watch your daughter do an amazing job on the front line !!! Keep up the good work – God bless! !!!

  • Marcia Greer

    11/14/2017 04:11 PM

    Thank you so much Mr. Huckabee for all you are doing. It is encouraging, entertaining and gives us strength in numbers! As far as Bill Clinton goes… He is the reason my parents changed from Democrat to Republican during his shenanigans. I have been shocked that the American public has seemingly forgiven him so easily while people like Judge Moore are being harshly judged on their ancient past! Thank you for having a place where we can converse and thank you for reading this! Also, thank you for helping to continue to show us the hope, joy and fun we can have in this life. Enjoy watching you play in the band! Also, so happy to watch your daughter do an amazing job on the front line !!! Keep up the good work – God bless! !!!

  • Fran Ayars

    11/14/2017 10:59 AM

    Money talks and so does Clinton. He can do no more ruin their reputation so why not display ignorance? He is so out of touch with reality that people probably listen to him as a comedy act!

  • Donna L Hummer

    11/14/2017 10:35 AM

    As far as 'voters "trapped in the sort of out-of-the-way place that makes them more vulnerable to false claims" are concerned, they are still able to recognize a "snake" when they see or hear one!

  • Patricia Ann Neal

    11/14/2017 07:48 AM

    Random connection...Is the lack of Dem voters there the reason for a number of mostly rural states that are paying student loans off, giving land, and more aimed at Millenials to move to those states? Is someone attempting to manipulate future elections?

  • Mary Lou Parker

    11/14/2017 12:55 AM

    Rural folks have more common sense.

  • Ramona Howard

    11/13/2017 11:25 PM

    I don't appreciate any thing that Bill Clinton has to say about his wife, politics or rural people, for sure. We live in a rather small city of about 250,000 people in the cotton capital of the world, pretty much - Lubbock, TX. and cotton is one of our main crops, so there are a lot of farmers in our area. I believe that most farmers are smart people and are conservatives (deplorables to hear the Clinton's talk) who voted for Trump for President and still support him wholeheartedly. It's too bad that Hillary can't accept defeat graciously and get on with her life, which I hope doesn't include another run for the Presidency.

  • Wendell Hurst

    11/13/2017 11:03 PM

    Bill Clinton accusing a political opponent of badmouthing political opponents? - how ironic!

    I'm just glad there were enough thinking people voting to override the number of gullible voters' ballots and illegal ballots so that we're not suffering through more of the garbage we endured during Obama's reign. I kind of wish that we had had the same effect in 2012 - enough conservative votes to overcome the illegal votes that reelected Obama. If that had happened we would now be into Mitt Romney's second term. However, I also wonder if Romney has enough chutzpah to make some of the bold moves Donald Trump has been criticized for, but that had to be done. We'll never know.

  • timothy l tucker

    11/13/2017 10:50 PM

    I am same age as Bill. Boy , I hope I do not look this old.

  • Jamie Droge

    11/13/2017 09:53 PM

    I didnt vote for trump because Im a DIE HARD CONSERVATIVE, or because I have been a REPUBLICAN my whole life or because he had my vote as soon as he annouced he was running and I jumped in the train then and there. No I simply voted for President Trump because I could barely make it through the election seeing those hideous pant suits, no I voted for President Trump because I in no way shape or form could handle seeing Slick Willy in a dress with heals and make up! Imagine that for a first lady for the bext 4 years... lmao Oh Hell No! ???????????????????????? Instead I would rather see Mrs Clinton in Stripes wearing pretty braclets. ???? Not those Stripes.. lol ?? dont forget her braclets!

  • Garlin Jo Linton

    11/13/2017 09:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    I look forward to reading your comments about the news of the day. It is truly refreshing to see the down-to-earth,
    honest reporting of what has happened. Keep up the good work.
    In regard to what Bill Clinton said about rural Americans being easily duped by false claims, I find that most rural Americans can spot a phony in a heartbeat. Maybe that is why Hillary lost the election.

  • Stephanie Brett

    11/13/2017 07:50 PM

    I am from Johnstown, PA which was the focus of the recent Politico article arguing that we are lesser people because we voted for Trump and continue to support him even though he hasn't "built the wall," "repealed and replaced Obamacare," or "brought steel back to Johnstown." I am tired of being labeled as lesser than because of the area in which I choose to live and raise a family and the President for whom I voted. These "rural" areas are grounded the core values so deeply missing across this great nation, in many metropolitan areas from where so many Left wing liberals cast their judgement down upon us. I am tired. I am tired of being judged. I am tired of being told I am lesser than. I am tired of the toxicity. Yet I am proud. I am proud of the young man my husband and I chose to raise in this great town. I am proud of the respect, accountability, love, and work ethic we instill in him every day. I am proud of my rural town, I am proud of my family who has served before and serves today, I am proud of my country, and I am proud of my President. If being from a rural town means I have core values, that's a label I'm all too happy to wear.

  • Paula Edwards

    11/13/2017 07:36 PM

    Trapped in out-of-the-way places??? I don't have lots of first hand experience living in an inner city ghetto where I fear for my life even inside my run down, filthy apartment well above street level. Nor do I know what it's like to have no hope of getting a job better than a clerk in a convenience store. But I know if I did live in such circumstances THAT'S where I'd feel trapped. I live in Arkansas...Bill's state. And I'm NOT trapped here I love it. Neither am I ignorant, uneducated, or uninformed. From what I can gather, it's the "big city" folks that more vulnerable to false claims and more likely to just believe what they've been told.

  • Tommy Deplorable

    11/13/2017 07:27 PM

    My family lived in b small town Florida most of their lives. I was Democrat because they were until... Jimmy Carter ran for 2nd term. Worst president, I voted for Reagan and changed parties. Clinton's came along and the sleazyness began. We cannot believe anything they say or do. It is laughable that anyone listens to anything #SleezyBill has to say these days.

  • Sherry Edwards

    11/13/2017 05:50 PM

    It WOULD have been disastrous if Hillary won the election, it would have been run by Obama any way. I keep reading President Trump is the worse president in history when Obama was the most incompetent man we have ever had. He has accomplished almost everything he said he would. So much has been exposed now than before. And Hillary needs to be put away. If we did anything near what she has done for this country as
    S of S we would be in federal prison, what does she have besides her millions, to keep her out. That's one thing President has not accomplished yet. I am wait for the day.


  • Vonda Blackbourn

    11/13/2017 04:48 PM

    As a former governor of Arkansas I am sure you know plenty about the Clintons and their politics and I'm sure you didn't vote for either Clinton. When it looked like there would be no stopping Hillary Clinton from gaining the White House I was heartsick. I'm so thankful that we as Americans decided to reclaim our country from the liberal train wreck that has tried to overtake us.

  • Frank Rivaldo

    11/13/2017 03:39 PM

    We like everyone else with half a brain are sick and tired of the lying, cheating, dishonest Clintons. Can they just quit trying to dupe the public and maybe move to another country!!

  • Ann DeVries

    11/13/2017 03:10 PM

    A hearty amen.

  • Richard Maness

    11/13/2017 02:18 PM

    How did former president Bill get elected in a state like Arkansas? I know, it was those "deplorables". He sure likes our fried catfish and bbq I bet he a got a lot of country folks votes to be president.

  • Gretchen Grant

    11/13/2017 01:51 PM

    So now I'm a gullible deplorable. Those words alone from the Clintons show how out of touch they are with Americans who can think for themselves and not be suckered into thinking sore losing pathological liars are victims.

  • Darlene Estlow

    11/13/2017 01:44 PM

    I have lived in both big cities and in small communities in rural America. It didn't change my opinion or make me feel Hillary was going to get my vote!

  • Robin Hallengren

    11/13/2017 01:38 PM

    The Clintons are desperate.. They lost the election and the money they spent trying to win was a lot of money. Bill can't get paid for speeches anymore. He made a lot of promises in those speeches that he could not deliver on because Hillary lost.. Now he's getting involved with a movie.. Hillary wrote a poor me book that was a disaster. They are desperately looking for a way to build up the machine again. Its sad and pitiful to watch 2 people their age hunger for power and money the way they do.. They are both all washed up but they carry on like they will be ready come election time.. I wonder if she will ever get a message..a vision for America..Their time has come and gone and everyone sees it but them. So sad!

  • Pat Hanson

    11/13/2017 01:05 PM

    His attitude and speech and badmouthing just shows what a poor sport, liar, and loser he really is! At a university nor any other place do you have to talk that way. He and his wife will answer to GOD one day and they will be without excuses for their actions and words! He needs to build up our country and its people. We are to support and respect our President and pray for his leading! We did that for you and former Pres. Obama. If you really think about it, these two should of been impeached for what they did. There is no reason to impeach Pres. Trump nor talk about it. Help America and Israel and we will see blessings from our mighty and holy GOD!

  • Barbara Haring

    11/13/2017 12:51 PM

    I live in Texas now, but I grew up in the northeast in the 1950s-1960s era and was raised by a family of all Democrats. They were more conservative than the Republicans of today. They were hardworking people and wanted nothing from the federal government. They believed strongly in God and Country. I came of age and could vote at the time of Lyndon B. Johnson. I was the first Republican in my family, others followed. The more steadfast Democrats just stopped voting. As the Democrat Party became more Progressive (unlike some, even at a young age I figured that one out), I knew I had made a wise choice. I had no use for a Party that wanted to "own" me. Too independent for that. Unfortunately we have had additional generations and each has experienced more indoctrination (in subtle ways) into the supposed virtues of Socialism/Communism to the point where they believe it is a good thing. They were raised by usually economically well off parents and had a lot of advantages. They truly believe that Socialism/Communism will allow everyone to live as they have. That is their relative truth and they will not allow objective truth to intervene. To them the problems in Venezuela and Cuba are lies being told by conservatives to gain votes. The "need" for everyone to get a college degree was just a way of getting more young people into the college system in order to better indoctrinate them. Sadly it's working. The average person, especially the young, these days has lost the ability to think. They hear words but totally miss the meaning behind them. No due diligence with most people these days. The Progressives are masters at propaganda and parsing words. It is a marvel to me how President Trump won under these circumstances. What amazes me even more is that people still listen to the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton and consider what they say to be profound and important. Have these people been living in a nether world? No, they have just been watching the likes of CNN. If the Republicans would gain a backbone, Hillary would be the one being investigated. The fact that people buy into statements such as those Bill and Hillary Clinton have made, truly disturbs me. It matters not that the middle of the country is "red" as long as a huge population in the "blue" areas vote in lockstep without evaluating the messages of the candidates. "Flyover Country" is not stupid nor gullible. Their eyes and ears are far more open than those on the coasts, and right now we're not in a good place. We want our voting choices respected by both parties (that would be Donald Trump for President and a Republican majority in both houses of Congress) and for our representatives to do our bidding (that would be repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-based system - in short government stay out as it used to be, pass tax reform that benefits all of us not just a few - wish that could be the Fairtax, and stop voting their priorities and vote ours). If this does not happen, in an effort to punish the Republicans whom we trusted implicitly to fix our lives, I'm afraid many of the people who voted Republican in the last election will send a message by voting Democrat in the next election. Many still do not understand that the either/or these days is Socialism/Communism versus Capitalism, they'll just want payback and to remind those in D.C. we are still in charge like it or not. No, "rural" America is not any of those things Clinton said, but we are angry and disappointed that once again we're not being listened to by the people we sent to Washington D.C. to work for us.

  • Maryjane Schambach

    11/13/2017 12:49 PM

    In addition to your incisive take on Clinton, I want you to know that I rooted for you the first time you put your name in the hat for the Presidency, and again the second time, and was furious at the Republican party for failing to see all that you could have brought to our country as President....my husband and I watched every episode of your weekly program, and I was often struck by how you could bring someone diametrically opposed to your beliefs around to agreeing with you without using harshness or ugliness, the mark of a true and valuable diplomat. Your being ignored was one of the worst tragedies in our nation's history, and I mean that sincerely....please tell your daughter she's doing an admiral job jousting with the repulsive, disrespectful and just plain stupid press core....tell her not to let them get under her skin....there are many who admire her and pray for her continued bravery.

  • Mary Hoffman

    11/13/2017 12:13 PM

    He and Hillary have been Pathological liars so long they cannot discern truth from what they want it to be. Those of us out here in the rural are here because we choose to be away from people like them and a lot of us are here at great expense and inconvenience. It does not mean that we are ignorant and
    uniformed.

  • David Rossman MSG (Ret)

    11/13/2017 12:11 PM

    I'm a 29+ year Veteran, does that make me "rural"?

  • Rip Jones

    11/13/2017 11:57 AM

    Former president Clinton might just be right, if you mean 'trapped', as in everyone in the coal industry that was destroyed by the Democrat's control of the EPA. Yes, 'trapped' is a good word. A whole industry and way of life was laid ruin by a Party that did not have any plan to re-train these people that suffered a serious kick in the gut.