Hillary Clinton’s train wreck of a CNN interview
“People should and do trust me”
Mrs. Clinton joined CNN Tuesday night for an interview that was stranger than fiction. In fact, I’m honestly not sure if the awkward conversation was meant to be self-parody or an earnest attempt at a prime time interview. The pants suit, the seemingly botoxed brow and resultant crazy eyes, and the passionate dedication to fibbery made for fascinating television.
Following the Clinton Campaign Press Play Pen-Gate, Camp Clinton presumable decided to prove the scoffers, mockers, and justifiably incensed members of the press corps wrong.
“We don’t think so little of press that we actually, like, rope them off! See?! We’re like, totes about press access. We chat it up with the press alllllllll the time, like we’re doing right now with CNN!” – the Clinton Campaign (not an exact quote).
We’ll start with one of the interview’s best moments:
“People should and do trust me”
What’s a Clinton interview without a vague reference to the vast, right-wing conspiracy? When asked if she played a role in the public questioning of her trustworthiness, Mrs. Clinton spoke of a, “theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years.” She went on to say, “at the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out. I have great confidence. I trust the American voter, so I trust the American voter one hundred percent because I think the American voter will weigh these kinds of things.”
“Would you vote for someone you don’t trust?” asked CNN’s Brianna Keilar.
“Well, people should and do trust me and I have every confidence that will be the outcome of this election.”
Hillary attempts to explain why she deleted 33,000 emails
This one actually ties for first in the Most Painfully Awkward Interview Moments category.
Brianna Keilar begins, “one of the issues that we’ve seen has eroded some trust is the issue of your email practices while you were Secretary of State. I think there’s a lot of people who don’t understand what your thought process was on that. Can you tell me the story of how you decided to delete 33,000 emails and how that deletion was executed?”
“Well let’s start from the beginning. Everything I did was permitted. There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate. Previous Secretaries of State have said they did the same thing and people across the government knew that I used one device. Maybe it was because I am not the most technically capable person and wanted to make it as easy as possible,” said Clinton, speculating on her own story.
Back to the whole one device mantra. The mantra we debunked (along with several others) almost as soon as the words came out of her mouth the first time. As we pointed out then, “using one device” is not synonymous with “using a private email account.” And pa-leeze. “Golly, gee! I’m just so bad wit teh technology! I can handle our nation’s diplomacy, but can’t seem to figure out how this darn phone works! It is called a “phone” right?”
But anyway, back to one of the best parts.
“But you said that they [former Secretaries of State] did the same thing. That they used a personal server, and while facing a subpoena, deleted emails from them,” interjected Keiler, engaging Hillary Death Stare Sequence Phase II.
“You know you’re starting with so many assumptions that are, I’ve never had a subpoena, there is no, again, let’s take a deep breath here,” said Mrs. Clinton, obviously rattled and speaking to herself. “Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation. I had one device. When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system.”
But what about the emails sent to people outside of the government? HMM?! WHAT ABOUT THOSE?!
“Now I didn’t have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me. Because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official, already was in the State Department system. And now I think it’s kind of fun. People get a real time, behind the scenes look at what I was emailing about.”
Too bad Hillary didn’t bother to answer the question.
On the issue of replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill
Since Hillary didn’t bother to answer that question either, I’ve taken the liberty of solving the $10 bill woman face problem for us all.
No need to thank me. You’re welcome.
CNN could’ve saved everyone a little time by airing this instead. The effect would’ve been the same:
And to think, this is the best the Democrats have to offer.
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Why not just issue a new denomination?
Maybe, I don’t know, a three dollar bill with her picture on it?
Hillary: “I regret I have but one device to use for my country.”
Too bad it has to be our country.
Too bad that device isn’t a Wakizashi or a Tanto.
“I am not a crook.”: “There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate”…in the country of Hilldonia.
“No controlling legal authority…”
A few months ago at another site, somebody put up the cites to the Code of Federal Regulations sections that were in effect when Hillary was SOS, and they did indeed require government employees to use secure, government-approved, .gov sites for sending/receiving job-related e-mails, and they also required that copies of all such e-mails be kept by the employee’s agency.
Some reporter should have those regs ready to whip out and shove in Hillary’s face the next time she pushes this ludicrous lie that she did nothing illegal in using her home-brew server for job-related e-mails, or destroying copies of job-related e-mails that contained material that incriminates her.
Hillary’s irresponsible e-mail practices at State violated numerous federal regulations, and apparently everybody in the Obama White House knew this illegal behavior was going on, and simply looked the other way. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with pretending that there were no laws or regulations that prohibited what Hillary did; there were plenty, she just ignored them.
To build her confidence about the trust thing, she should sit in front of a mirror and practice saying “people should and trust me” over and over. If she can make herself believe it, then maybe she can sell it to everyone else. I know a guy who did something similar, and now he’s a U.S. Senator:
Whitewater, Travelgate, the Rose Law Firm billing records, the pilfering of WH antiques, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation faux charity, the homebrew server, the missing and edited State Dept. e-mails . . . .
So many reasons to trust Hillary.
Hey, Vince Foster trusted her.
Hey, I’m starting to think we’ve got a couple of life-long criminals here! Snark!
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“I’m not in jail therefore everything I’ve ever done is 100% legal”.
This interview was so rehearsed. Notice how she jumped right into an answer milliseconds after it was asked? AND WHAT’S WITH THE EYES!!!!!!! Kreepy!!
It’s easy to sit back and laugh. Yet I know without looking that there are quite a few people out there this week, pointing to her wonderful interview as evidence of how great she is.
And don’t forget, it was on CNN. People in airports and newsrooms all over the country saw it but not a lot of the rest of the population. Therefore, I predict it won’t actually hurt her much, if at all.
Hillary has Andy Kaufman eyes.
And she makes about as much sense as he did…
Hillary: “I did not have email relations with Sidney Blumenthal.”
Oh, Lordy! The witticisms just write themselves!
It depends on what the definition of delete is.
Hillary: “Hey Bill, we better delete this Vince Foster thang.”
I didn’t think the interview was that bad, but an interview is only going to be as good as the interviewer asking the questions. Softball questions like “who does the best impersonation?” and “how about that new feminist $10 bill?” waste everyone’s time.
Asking about the emails from a point of knowing what you are talking about would have been helpful as well. The interviewer, unprepared, mumbled something vague about subpoenas and then let it go. I would have preferred to see Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, or at least someone prepared and competent interview her.
CNN gets to claim they asked a hard question (why emails deleted?), but will skip the fact that the question was never answered nor followed up on. Hillary gets to claim the same (Look, I’ve replied to that question repeatedly, even on CNN, for cripessake!).
CNN = Certainly Never News.
Oh, I absolutely do trust Hillz.
I implicitly trust her to pathologically lie through her teeth every time her lips move…..just like Obumme.
You know, it’s not so much that makes a mush of her lies and violations of law. True, that’s bad enough.
It’s not so much that she sits on her arrogant tush and says, essentially, “Trust me.” I trust used-car salesmen more (with all due respect to used-car salesmen).
It’s just that people will say, “Well, if she can get away with violating the law with impunity, so can I.” and model their behaviour after her. She will be the next President of the United States, after all.
Anarchy, meet thy maker.
You must be thinking of Lizzie Warren….
Those you gotta pay don’t count Hillary!