Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists joint conference and took questions too. Here’s a tweeted clip in which she blasts Trump, explicitly calling him out for playing footsie with white nationalists:
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 5, 2016
Good. However, CNN’s account of her appearance focuses on the stupid fucking email thing again:
Hillary Clinton on Friday doubled down on recent misleading statements about her use of a private email server at the State Department, even as she acknowledged that she “may have short-circuited” her answers.
At a gathering of black and Hispanic journalists in Washington, D.C., Clinton was asked about her recent assertion that FBI Director James Comey had said she was “truthful” in discussing the issue — a claim that a number of media outlets, including CNN, have debunked.
“I was pointing out in both of those instances, that Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful. That really is the bottom line here,” she said. “What I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly. I may have short-circuited and for that I will try to clarify.”
Clinton went on to repeat that she “never sent of received” classified information on her private email server — a statement that is inconsistent with Comey’s testimony on Capitol Hill.
The email controversy has continued to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign, particularly as she suffers from the widespread perception among voters that she isn’t honest or trustworthy.
Jeebus. Maybe it’s time to start saying, “The FBI investigated the issue for two years and found no basis for charges. I consider the matter closed.” Explaining will sound like dissembling to voters, and there’s no explanation that will satisfy the Beltway hacks, who are itching to slam Clinton to achieve fake equilibrium after covering the Trump implosion for the past week.
Speaking of Trump, he told Mike Pence to go get his fucking shine box yesterday. Video at the link:
TRUMP: He [Pence] came to me — he called me the other day, he said, ‘Do you mind—’ because he likes Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan’s a good guy, actually. No, he’s a good guy. So, Mike calls me yesterday and he says, ‘Would you mind if I endorsed? I won’t do that if it creates any complications or problems, I would absolutely not do that…’ He’s the greatest guy. He’s the greatest human being. And he said that and he said, ‘But I like him, he’s a friend of mine, would you mind if I endorsed him? I will not do it if you say no.’ I said, ‘Mike, you like him? Yes. Go ahead and do it, 100%.’ And he endorsed him.
Trump’s alleged point is that any rumors of a “fissure” in his relationship with Pence are bogus. That’s normal enough — candidates routinely assure supporters their ticket is united. But only Trump would do so by portraying his running mate as a servile toady.
I hope the thick-headed Pence has enough self-awareness to find that embarrassing. And I hope he will suffer many more humiliations for throwing in with an unhinged, narcissistic demagogue.