China slapped back Monday after Hillary Clinton criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping for hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the United Nations while persecuting women’s rights activists in his own country. But this isn’t the first time the presidential candidate has seen criticism over her women’s rights record.
Earlier this year, Clinton came under fire when the Clinton Foundation acknowledged that it had failed to submit some foreign donations to the State Department for approval when she was confirmed as secretary of state in 2009. Republicans were quick to pounce on the reports, pointing out that the Clinton Foundation has accepted significant donations from countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, all of which have poor records on human rights and sex discrimination.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is now a Republican candidate for president, called out Clinton for this contradiction. “She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights,” Fiorina said, according to Politico. “She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards — and neither will our president. Hillary likes hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means.”