While giving speech on inequality, Hillary Clinton was wearing what?

While giving speech on inequality, Hillary Clinton was wearing what?
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According to the most recent available Census data, the average American family earns $51,939. No one knows better than populist presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton how rough families have it in this struggling economy. That is why she keeps giving lectures on the campaign circuit about inequality and about the haves and have-nots.

To own the Armani tweed jacket Clinton wore for one such speech in April, the average have-not family would need to cough up one quarter of its annual income. The garment, according to the New York Post’s Leah Bourne, sells for $12,495.

According to the article, the jacket is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking less dowdy and matronly” than she has during her political career to date:

Clinton, who loves to say that she left the White House in 2001 “dead broke,” is now dressing the part of someone who can command $325,000 for a single speech. Factoring in the designer labels she’s wearing, plus the number of new outfits she’s been photographed in over the past year, she’s likely spent at least $200,000 on new clothes to wear on the campaign trail.

The report has received the predictable response on social media, though it’s hard to know whether the message will carry any weight among voters who are willing to do what Clinton says even if they can’t afford to do what she does.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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