One of the biggest surprises over the past week was Donald Trump's dramatic meltdown, and subsequent escalation, with the family of Humayun Khan, the US Muslim captain killed in Afghanistan in 2014, who during the DNC, tangentially accused Trump and his potential policies of being responsible for their son's death (he wasn't). What is most striking is that instead of ignoring this attempt to bait the Republican candidate in public, to which he most gladly obliged, he should have simply moved on and stayed on the offensive, pressing Hillary over the recent Wikileaks disclosure revealing the cronyism and corruption within the Democratic Party, as well push the familiar narrative of her email scandal.
Conveniently, Hillary helped him do just that yesterday, when she acknowledged on Friday afternoon that she may have "short-circuited" when she claimed in recent interviews that FBI Director James Comey said she was "truthful" about her use of a private email server as secretary of state. In doing so Hillary once again shifted the news spotlight away from Trump and back on to herself, as she once again revealed that the only consistent thing about Hillary Clinton are the constant lies.
Following a heavily covered interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Hillary stated that Comey had found her statements "truthful" and "consistent" with what she has said publicly. Clinton’s lying led The Atlantic to publish an article titled “ Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?” and the Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler awarded her four “Pinocchios”, adding that “Clinton is cherry-picking statements by Comey to preserve her narrative about the unusual setup of a private email server. This allows her to skate past the more disturbing findings of the FBI investigation.” Notably, the NYTimes did not publish anything related to this flop and it took the Public Editor, whose job it to be the readers' advocate at The NYT, to write an op-ed titled The Clinton Story You Didn’t Read Here.
After an almost universally bad week for her opponent Donald Trump, Hillary went out of her way once again to explain away her home-brew server, only this time it led to a less than favorable outcome.
Clinton insisted in two televised interviews aired this week, including one with Fox News' Chris Wallace aired Sunday, that Comey had found her statements "truthful" and "consistent" with what she has said publicly. The Democratic nominee, speaking at a joint convention for African-American and Hispanic journalists, remarked that she was "pointing out in both of those instances that the Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful." She then reiterated the "truthful" assessment in an interview with a Colorado television station later in the week.
According to Politico, Hillary stressed that "that's really the bottom line here. And I have said during the interview and many other occasions over the past months, that what I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly," Clinton explained Friday. "So I may have short-circuited it and for that, I, you know, will try to clarify because I think, you know, Chris Wallace and I were probably talking past each other because of course, he could only talk to what I had told the FBI and I appreciated that."
"But I do think, you know, having him say that my answers to the FBI were truthful and then I should quickly add, what I said was consistent with what I had said publicly. And that's really sort of in my view trying to tie both ends together," she added.
Asked about 4-Pinocchios statement on FBI Director Comey and her emails, Hillary says she may have "short-circuited" https://t.co/bEd9iHERGR— Independent Journal (@TheIJR) August 5, 2016
Notice the difference between her original statement and revision. In the first one, James Comey confirmed her statements about her email setup were consistent and truthful. In her revision, the FBI director confirmed that what she told the FBI was truthful. Perhaps because lying to the FBI is a crime but lying to the American population is not?
Her word choice of “short-circuiting” confirms what many voters in this election feel about Hillary. Her answers are memorized, poll tested and scrutinized by hundreds of staffers, almost in a robotic fashion, to ensure she does not “bend” the truth. This is why Hillary does a press interview every 240 days at best
Finally, having finally found a new opening to dig itself out of the hole it has found itself in, Donald Trump's campaign laced into Clinton over her latest "pretzel-like response."
“Hillary Clinton’s habitual lying about the use of her secret server to send and receive classified, top secret information shows her blatant disregard for national security and a continued pattern of bad judgment," senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. "Clinton knows the actions she has taken are disqualifying for someone wishing to become commander-in-chief, and that is why today’s painful, pretzel-like response to a simple question about her illegal server was obvious to everyone watching."
Now the only question is whether Trump can keep his mouth shut long enough to give Hillary more chances to stick her foot in hers, and do to her own polling what Trump has been so eager to do to his over the past two weeks.