On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton told another whopper about her background — a blatant lie designed to make her look more human and vulnerable.
She related the story of taking the LSAT, the test to enter law school, and being harassed by men in the room also taking the test who claimed that she should not be taking their place in law school since they would lose their draft deferments.
She claims that “one of [the men] even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room.”
Good story, but a made up yarn.
Up until February 16, 1968, the young man in Hillary’s story would have had a case. Law students were exempt from the draft prior to that date. So any woman entering law school would, indeed, be taking the place of a man who could be drafted.
BUT…the deferment for law school students (and most graduate students) ended in February, 1968. After that date, law school offered no protection at all from the draft.
Hillary took the LSAT exam well after the deferment was, in fact, terminated. She graduated from Wellesley College in June of 1969, so she must have taken the LSAT earlier that year or late in 1968, after Johnson’s order ended law school deferments.
So the young men who were taking the test would have found no protection from being law students. Hillary’s taking their place in school would have had no effect.
CQ Almanac reports that “the Johnson Administration [on] Feb. 16, 1968, abolished draft deferments for most male graduate students.”
The 1968 ruling applied to all entering law school students. Students in medical, dental, or divinity schools continued to be draft exempt. There was a separate medical draft.
In her memoir Living History she makes no mention of any incident while she took the test. She never mentioned this traumatic event, saying simply that she took the test for law school and was accepted by Harvard and Yale.
Hillary’s speeches over the years are replete with fabricated or exaggerated stories about her past. She claimed to have been named after Sir Edmund Hillary who climbed Mt. Everest (but five years after Hillary’s birth). She said she “followed her heart” to move to Arkansas to practice law, but the fact is that she flunked the DC Bar and the Arkansas Bar was the only one she passed.
Now, she is under pressure from her campaign staff to soften her image and humanize herself. So she did what she always does: She lies and makes up a story.