Following Trump's bombardment of Bill and Hillary Clinton over the past 24 hours, first with a video clip featuring Bill rape accusers Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, and shortly thereafter by digging up the most sensitive skeleton in the Clintons' closet, that of Vince Foster, whose death Trump said he found "very fishy", we wondered briefly if and how Hillary would respond.
We got our answer moments ago when the response came, only not from Hillary, but from one of her favorite TV outlets, CNN whose Jake Tapper valiantly stepped up to the Clintons' defense."
"Once again, journalists are in the unhappy predicament of trying to decide whether and how to cover false allegations raised by a candidate for president of the United States," Tapper said at the start his show, "The Lead." He continued: "The notion that this was a murder is a fiction born of delusion and untethered to reality and contradicted by evidence reviewed in at least six investigations, one of them by Ken Starr, hardly a Bill Clinton defender. To say otherwise is ridiculous, and, frankly, shameful."
Tapper claims reiterating that his scrutiny of Trump's comments wasn't "pro-Clinton" or "anti-Trump" but a "pro-truth position." Some would beg to differ.
Tapper continued: "Trump called the circumstances surrounding Foster's death "very fishy" in an interview with The Washington Post, saying the aide had "intimate knowledge" of events surrounding the Clintons. Trump has recently launched personal attacks at Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner.
"I don’t bring [Foster] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it,” Trump told the newspaper. “I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair."
Tapper's meltdown at Trump continued for having "lent credence to a bizarre and unfounded conspiracy theory," saying Trump was "right to say it wasn't fair to bring up the conspiracies. You're right, it's not fair that you did that, certainly not to Mr. Foster's widow or their three children."
His conclusion: "The notion that this was a murder is a fiction borne of delusion and untethered to reality and contradicted by evidence in at least six investigations. To say otherwise is ridiculous and frankly shameful. This is not a pro-Clinton position or an anti-Trump position, it is a pro-truth position."
Which, of course, anyone rushing to Hillary's defense would conclude with.
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We doubt Tapper has brought this, or any other issue to a close, in this most remarkable presidential race in history.
In fact, judging by the speed and severity of his response, the CNN anchor, one of many who still hasn't grasped how Trump operates, has merely assured that Trump will not only continue to irritate the Tappers of the world by bringing up Foster, but will also push deeper until he penetrates through the thick shield of media defenders surrounding Hillary and forces her to confront demons she was confident has been buried decades ago.
Full clip below.