If Donald Trump could run his campaign a thousand times, he would never come up with a better nickname for the Democratic nominee than “Crooked Hillary.” At the time, we admit it, we had our doubts. It didn’t really roll off the tongue like “Lyin’ Ted,” even if it carried a lot more truth. But as we’ve seen over the course of the last year, no moniker suits her better. And with every passing day, the genius of that nickname shines brighter and brighter.
When emails released this week showed several Clinton Foundation donors requesting favors from the then-secretary of state, the mainstream media greeted the news with a collective shrug. They’d already ignored so much Clinton corruption that they were able to defend those emails using reflex alone. Oh, this doesn’t meet the standard for pay-for-play, you’re being ridiculous. She didn’t even get Bono his thing. This is boring, let’s see how we can twist Trump’s latest tweet into something racist.
Oh, but they couldn’t ignore the second story. Even for practiced propagandists like those working for the major news networks, this one was simply too big to be pushed under the rug.
The Associated Press published findings on Tuesday showing that out of 154 private individuals/companies who had phone calls or meetings with Secretary Clinton, 85 of them had donated to the Clinton Foundation in the past. Far more than any single email, this number – more than half of all private visitors! – proves that her critics have been closer to the truth than her defenders.
“It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins,” Trump said Tuesday night. “It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions for the making of large amounts of money.”
Hillary’s spokespeople sound absurd trying to defend this shocking revelation.
“The data does not account for more than half of her tenure as secretary,” said the campaign’s Brian Fallon.
Yeah, that’s the scary part.
“And it omits more than 1,700 meetings she took with world leaders, let alone countless others she took with other U.S. government officials while serving as secretary of state,” he said.
So, your defense is: She wasn’t only selling influence to Foundation donors; a lot of the time she was actually doing her job!
Problem is, “Crooked Sometimes But Not Always” Hillary is never going to catch on.