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Clinton Tries to Appear More Relatable in Speech About Income Inequality — and Makes $12,000 Mistake


"Yeah she knows all about being poor, right?"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Clinton won the New York primary, galvanizing her bid to win the Democratic nomination for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton gave a speech hitting on income inequality while wearing a $12,000 designer jacket, the New York Post has pointed out.

Clinton, whose campaign has sought to portray her as more relatable to everyday Americans, sported a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket during a April 19 speech on the heels of her New York Democratic primary win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates her New York primary election victory April 19 in New York City. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Clinton has upgraded her pantsuit wardrobe at a cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to seem more relatable to working-class people. Ironically, though, her most recent fashion choices are anything but relatable to those struggling to make ends meet.

"She's had to have spent in the six figures on this wardrobe overhaul," Los Angeles-based political image consultant Patsy Cisneros told the Post recently.

Others on social media also pointed out the apparent disconnect between Clinton's words and deeds.

"You would think someone would say: 'Hey, Hillary, maybe don't give this speech on inequality wearing a $12k jacket,'" one person tweeted.

"Hillary gave the speech in a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket, uhmm..yeah she knows all about being poor, right?" another wrote.

But as CNBC reminded, Clinton is far from the first national politician to sport expensive fashion.

The Republican National Committee in 2008 spent at least $150,000 on then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's wardrobe. And current presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump often wears Brioni suits, which sell for as much as $7,000 each.


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