On June 28, former Secret Service agent Gary J. Byrne, who served in the White House under President Bill Clinton, will release an explosive new look at the woman who may very well be our next president. Crisis of Character promises an inside look at Hillary Rodham Clinton, and if the full text is as damning as the early reports indicate, it could prove to be a game changer.
According to the New York Post, Byrne claims in the book that Hillary is “erratic, uncontrollable, and occasionally violent.”
Byrne says that Hillary’s unpredictable behavior – calm and happy one minute, angry and vicious the next – forced the Secret Service to discuss how they would react if she attacked her husband.
“Hillary Clinton is now poised to become the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, but she simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office,” he wrote. “From the bottom of my soul I know this to be true. And with Hillary’s latest rise, I realize that her own leadership style – volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants, and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else – hasn’t changed a bit.”
If the book gains traction when released, it will undermine what appears to be Hillary’s most effective argument against Republican nominee Donald Trump. As evidenced by her foreign policy speech last week, Hillary plans to present Trump as a man whose temperament disqualifies him as a serious presidential contender. But if Byrne’s version of Hillary Clinton resonates with the public, voters may begin to wonder if she has any room to talk.
Take his description of a behind-closed-doors fight Hillary had with Bill in the summer of 1995. Byrne claims there was a screaming match, a broken vase, and a startling aftermath: The next day, President Clinton emerged with “a real, put-a-steak-on-it black eye.”
Clinton’s aide allegedly blamed the shiner on the president’s coffee allergies.
Now, hell hath no fury and all that, but we’re not casting aspersions on a former First Lady who had to endure one humiliating affair after another. “You go girl” doesn’t apply. We’re talking about a woman who wants to be the next president of the United States, and we need to have confidence in her ability to exercise self-control under the most stressful of circumstances. Trump’s public persona may be unusual and undisciplined, but we don’t hear anyone saying he’s out of control in his personal and professional life.
This distinction is important, and hopefully it’s one the American people can make this November.