Let me share another bit of information on The Donald’s election campaign. Ensure that you keep yourself in the loop!:
After going 278 days without a news conference, Hillary Clinton should have been able to make it through at least one 10-minute softball game without whiffing at telling the truth.
But if she could do that, she wouldn’t be Hillary Clinton.
That was the real message that came out of Thursday’s dog-and-pony show on an airport tarmac in New York state, when Clinton was offered free swings at Republican rival Donald Trump, and couldn’t take one without lying through her teeth.
The softball question for Clinton at the White Plains airport concerned Trump’s answer the previous night when asked about an intelligence briefing he’d received as a presidential candidate concerning the situation in Iraq.
“What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts and our truly — when they call it intelligence, it’s there for a reason — what our experts said to do,” Trump told “Commander in Chief Forum” host Matt Lauer.
“And I was very, very surprised. In almost every instance. And I could tell you. I [am] pretty good with the body language. I could tell they were not happy. Our leaders did not follow what they were recommending.”
All in all a pretty harmless response. Trump didn’t divulge any classified information, and no one familiar with the arrogance of the Obama administration would have been surprised to hear the president ignored his intelligence experts. (Multiple former Pentagon chiefs who served under President Obama have lamented the fact that their counsel didn’t get the reception and respect it deserved.)
But at her airport news conference, Hillary had a different take when invited to take a shot at the Republican nominee.
“I think what he said was totally inappropriate, undisciplined,” she said. “I would never comment on any aspect of an intelligence briefing I received.”
Well, it didn’t take long for NBC News researchers to find out she was lying.
In 2008, the last time she was running for president, Clinton seemed to have no problem at all talking about what took place behind the closed doors of a secret intelligence briefing.
In an appearance on “Meet the Press” in January, the then-senator from New York used a briefing she received to attack the Bush administration.
“Last spring, I asked for a briefing on what the planning was. Secretary of Defense and the Department of Defense basically said ‘We’re not going to tell you.’ And I said, ‘Well, yes you are.’ We had such a briefing,” she said, according to NBC. “It was classified. I can’t talk about it, but the bottom line is, it was cursory. I don’t think that the Bush White House wants there to be much planning.”
And to prove that wasn’t a one-off, she did it again a month later during a speech at George Washington University.
“We finally were able to secure a briefing which although classified, I can tell you was cursory,” she said, according to NBC. “It did not inspire confidence in our readiness to do this important task of withdrawing our troops and equipment.”
In a Twitter posting, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon tried to claim it’s unfair to compare Clinton’s comments as a sitting senator to Trump’s as a presidential candidate.
There’s a difference between a security briefing done by intel community, and an Iraq policy briefing by Bush’s DoDhttps://t.co/CjrNWVJ4bc
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 8, 2016
That what-the-meaning-of-the-word-is-is parsing wasn’t well received on social media.
— Rick Byrd (@Rick_Byrd) September 8, 2016
— WVGalTrumpster (@EyeCandyTMGayle) September 8, 2016
@brianefallon there is no difference. Just another example of double standards. One set of rules for them and one for the rest of us.
— DMattei (@dmattei101) September 8, 2016
Exactly. Fallon is trying to draw a distinction without a difference. Clinton claimed she never commented on “any aspect of an intelligence briefing I received.”
Turns out, she did exactly that. Ergo, she lied. (And kudos for NBC for turning it up.)
The point is this: Clinton comments on intelligence briefings when it’s politically convenient. She also lies about it – when it’s politically convenient.
None of that is a surprise about Hillary – lying to the American people has been her business model for more than 25 years.
But she should have been able to make it through at least one press conference without doing it.
Just keep in mind, never accept the mainstream media’s anti-Trump lies and do not let them deter you. Make America Great Again!