First press conference in 287 days!
Today Hillary Clinton decided to hold her first formal press conference…the first in 287 days. She used it to attack GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his performance at the forum both attended Wednesday night. She also complained about the media coverage she was receiving.
Not that we need to remind you, but this is also the candidate embroiled in an email scandal wherein as Secretary of State major Clinton Foundation donors reached out to her for YUGE favors and including a few instances that just might be categorized as obstruction of justice. FBI notes showed she had difficulty remembering pertinent information from briefings, didn’t know how to classify documents, or that ‘C’ on emails meant ‘confidential’.
The Hill reported:
“I’ve been somewhat heartened by articles recently pointing out the disparate treatment of Trump and his campaign compared to ours — I don’t understand the reasons,” Clinton said. “I find it frustrating, but it’s part of the landscape we live in and we keep forging ahead.”
“I’m not asking for any special treatment,” she added. “I know the road that I’m on. I’ve been on it for 25 years and I just get up and keep moving forward.”
The Democratic nominee said it is difficult for the press to cover Trump because he says “outrageous things on a regular basis,” but encouraged reporters to hold him to a higher standard.
“I know it may be difficult to feel you know exactly how to respond to some of his behavior, but we’re on the brink of making a very critical decision for our country,” Clinton said.
I’ll repeat myself: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 287 DAYS HILLARY HELD A FORMAL PRESS CONFERENCE.
Hillary only began traveling on the same plane with reporters after Labor Day.
I have heard many theories on why she’s stayed away from the press. The one I agree with is that she is letting Trump destroy himself, for which I honestly cannot blame her. But still. You’re a presidential candidate. You need to talk to the press. Part of the job is talking to the press so you can express your ideas and plans to the voters.
Oh wait. I forgot. Hillary thinks she’s above everyone else.
Anyway, at this press conference, she said Trump failed the Commander-in-Chief test. But look at what she said (emphasis added):
She denounced his call for seizing oil reserves in the Middle East as a way to deprive the Islamic State of a revenue source. She said that, “when asked how he would stop the spread of global terrorism, Trump’s answer was simply ‘take the oil.’ The United States of America does not invade other countries to plunder and pillage. We don’t send our brave men and women around the world to steal oil, and that’s not even getting into the absurdity of what it would involve—massive infrastructure, large numbers of troops, many years on the ground. Of course, Trump hasn’t thought through any of that.”
Um, as Senator of New York, didn’t she vote for the Iraq War? Oh, now she changes her mind, but does not know her history? Look at Korea. Vietnam. Afghanistan in the 1980s. It doesn’t take a very smart person to know that we would keep troops and remain active in Iraq after we toppled Saddam Hussein. It doesn’t take a smart person to know that going into the Iraq War would take MANY YEARS ON THE GROUND to resolve the problems in Iraq.
She reiterated at the conference that she would not put troops on the ground in Syria and Iraq to combat the Islamic State. However, she supports the air campaign and special services.
Hillary also slammed Trump for talking about the information he received during classified intelligence briefings, which presidential candidates receive. He said:
“What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts … said to do,” Trump said.
She claimed she would never do that, which shocks me, because as secretary of state she didn’t think discussions over possible drones strikes should be treated as classified or confidential. She also didn’t know the C meant confidential on emails. Oh well.
I admit, Hillary has a point about Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. No one can go by Putin’s high approval ratings. I mean, come on. They’re rigged. Nothing is pure in Russia. And yes, it is odd that he’d prefer Putin over President Barack Obama, but does anyone remember the reset button with Russia?
Yes. Hillary presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a reset button as secretary of state in 2009. Both Hillary and Obama wanted to reset the relationship with Russia even though the government invaded neighboring Georgia the previous August. Since the reset, the FBI has arrested numerous Russian spies, Russia has meddled in Ukraine’s affairs, then invaded Ukraine when parliament ousted their puppet president, annexed Crimea, and threatened previous Soviet Republics. Some reset, eh?
So while Trump’s remarks about Putin scare the crap out of me, I’m not exactly sure Clinton knows how to properly deal with Putin either.
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