Following Hillary Clinton's inexplicable Friday afternoon verbal meltdown, in which she admitted that she may have "short-circuited" following claims made in recent interviews that FBI Director James Comey said she was "truthful" about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, we said that "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."
More to the point, we said the real 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. To our surprise, not only has Trump managed to do just that, but is now gladly providing "robotic" Hillary with even "more rope", as the Khan scandal dies down and attention reverts to Hillary's verbal, and according to Trump mental, "short-circuiting."
A new video released overnight by the Trump campaign mocks Hillary Clinton as a malfunctioning, "short-circuiting" robot, an obvious reference to her perplexing Friday quote, which Hillary will have a tough time overcoming. "Is robot Hillary melting down," the video, posted by Trump on his Facebook page Saturday, asks.
It shows clips of her speaking to a group of Hispanic and black journalists on Friday. "I may have short-circuited it, and for that I will try to clarify," Clinton tells the group in a clip from the video. The video then shows Clinton freezing as cartoon sparks fly out of her mouth and smoke rises from her head as the image flickers. Clinton sparked controversy earlier this week, with critics saying she had mischaracterized comments from FBI Director James Comey about the agency's probe. Clinton in interviews suggested the FBI had concluded that she never misled the public about her private email server or handling of classified information. "Director Comey said my answers were truthful and consistent," she had said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. She has been in damage control mode ever since, culminating with Friday's verbal meltdown.
Clinton on Friday said had only meant to refer to the answers she gave the FBI, not their broader conclusions. "I was pointing out in both of those instances that Director Comey has said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful," she said. “That’s really the bottom line here."
Trump blasted Clinton for that response. "Crooked Hillary said loudly, and for the world to see, that she "SHORT CIRCUITED" when answering a question about her e-mails. Very dangerous!" he tweeted Saturday morning. "Anybody whose mind "SHORT CIRCUITS" is not fit to be our president! Look up the word "BRAINWASHED," he added.
Perhaps the change in strategy and the news cycle is already helping Trump: as we reported yesterday, in the latest Reuters/IPSOS poll, even Reuters - which last week infamously tweaked its polling methodology in a shift that helped Hillary - observed that Trump's popularity was once again rebounding at the expense of Hillary, adding that "the reasons behind the shift were unclear." A few more meltdowns by "robot Hillary" and the reasons will become all too clear.
Meanwhile, Hillary's campaign responded in kind, when overnight it also released a video alleging once again that Trump is a Russian infiltrator, determined on destroying the US at the behest of the Kremlin. The text at the beginning of the video says "We don't know why Trump praises Putin," before showing a clip of Trump calling the Russian president a "strong leader" and pushing back against criticism of Putin. A clip then shows "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough saying that the GOP nominee always "seems to upend American foreign policy tradition in a way that benefits Vladimir Putin."
Seriously, what is going on with Trump and Russia? https://t.co/N6ySNILYMx— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 6, 2016
We will likely have to wait until November 8 to find what a majority of Americans believe is a greater threat for the US: Putin or America's corporate oligarchy.