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Donald Trump wrongly says Hillary Clinton is paying Debbie Wasserman Schultz



Donald Trump bashed Hillary Clinton at a rally in Harrisburg, Penn., on Monday for giving U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz a position with her campaign after she stepped down as Democratic Party chair.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Trump said, slowly drawing out each word in her name eliciting boos from the crowd. “She’s a great one. ... I heard that she got fired so fast but I heard Hillary actually hired her for her campaign. You know why? I know why. So she is fired because she was crooked. She was fired and now Hillary hires her for her campaign and pays her with the campaign contributions that are monstrous.”

But Trump is wrong that Wasserman Schultz is getting paid in her role with the Clinton campaign.

On July 24, Clinton issued a statement naming Wasserman Schultz as  “honorary chair” of her campaign’s 50-state program. That means she won’t get paid, the Clinton campaign confirmed.

“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” wrote Clinton.

The statement provided no details or schedule regarding Wasserman Schultz’s new role which was seen as a "thank you" gesture from the Clinton campaign.

And until Wasserman Schultz survives her own primary back home Aug. 30, she may not have time to do much for the Clinton campaign particularly beyond Florida. She faces Tim Canova, a law professor and first-time candidate backed by Bernie Sanders who has raised $2.8 million. They are competing in the left-leaning Broward/Miami-Dade Congressional District 23.

Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the convention following the publication by WikiLeaks of more than 19,000 DNC emails. Those emails showed that the DNC favored Clinton over Sanders -- a charge that Wasserman Schultz had denied for months.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1:40pm]


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