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The wrong Republican to question Hillary Clinton's 'loyalty'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) asked yesterday about Hillary Clinton, "Where's your loyalty?" Given his record, that's a bad idea.
Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry adjusts his tie as he listens to his introduction from the side of the stage at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)
Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry adjusts his tie as he listens to his introduction from the side of the stage at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2015.
It stands to reason that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), like every other Republican seeking their party's presidential nomination, will have some unkind words for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D). This, however, seems like a mistaken avenue for the former governor.

Responding to news that the Clinton foundation had not notified the State Department when it previously accepted a donation from a foreign nation, Perry argued that Clinton was disloyal. "I think it falls flat in the face of the American people when it comes to, are you going to trust an individual who has taken that much money from a foreign source? Where's your loyalty?" Perry said in an interview that aired on CNN's "State of the Union."

As Clinton moves forward with her apparent presidential plans, scrutiny of the Clinton foundation and its donors seems entirely legitimate. That said, Perry's description of what we know isn't quite right -- Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, runs an international charitable foundation, which has received support from contributors located around the world.
Given the available evidence, there's no reason to assume there's anything untoward about any of this, and more importantly, there's no reason to believe Hillary Clinton herself has "taken that much money from a foreign source." Unless the Texas Republican can back the allegations with something specific, the former governor seems to be playing fast and loose with the details.
But even putting that aside, "Where's your loyalty?" is an exceedingly difficult question for Rick Perry, of all people, to ask.
As we recently discussed, Perry flirted openly with the idea of state secession a few years ago, which makes it a little awkward, to put it mildly, when the governor decides to question others' patriotism or loyalty to the United States.
For those who've forgotten, in 2009, the then-governor was so eager to show his contempt for President Obama that Perry denounced the United States government as "oppressive," arguing that it was "time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas." Soon after, he said he doesn't want to "dissolve" the union of the United States, "But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that."
Around the same time, Perry said of Texas, "[W]hen we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we're kind of thinking about that again."
Whether such rhetoric was appropriate is certainly open to debate, but for this same guy to question Clinton's "loyalty" to America is almost amusing.