Attention, Clinton campaign: The 1980s just called. They want your flimsy, fear-mongering excuse back.
Ever since the WikiLeaks release of the hacked emails that have implicated the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in all sorts of shady behavior, nobody within the party seems to want to address the real substance of what they reveal. Instead, whenever they’re asked, Clinton campaign operatives constantly blame our old Cold War adversary for everything: the Russians.
Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook tried that tired line again on Fox News’ Chris Wallace. This time, however, it didn’t work out so well.
Mook, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” was grilled by host Wallace on why he didn’t have the same reaction to Trump’s stolen tax returns as he did to the “stolen” emails from various Democrat accounts.
The exchange began over an allegation that Hillary Clinton and her eponymous foundation were involved in a multi-million dollars pay-to-play scheme with the King of Morocco. After a rather desultory answer about Clinton’s actions, Mook then moved on to the Russians.
“These are stolen documents, stolen by the Russians — it’s now confirmed — from John Podesta, that are being put out for this purpose,” Mook said.
“Can I speak to that?” Wallace interjected. “You know, the Trump tax returns were stolen as well when they were mailed to The New York Times. You guys didn’t object to that, in fact, you jumped all over them.”
A stunned Mook tried to respond: “Well, we don’t know where those tax returns came from,” he said.
When Wallace said that they were “clearly stolen,” Mook replied, “We don’t know that.”
“Do you think Trump had given them?” Wallace hit back. The Clinton campaign chief responded that he didn’t know.
“I guess that’s what I’m saying, if we’re looking at the fruits of that theft — and I will call it a theft — it’s fair to look at the fruits of your theft,” Wallace said.
Mook — trying his best to follow the Clinton playbook of deny, deflect, district — attempted to steer the conversation back where he was comfortable, also intimating that the documents had been altered.
“Again, this is the discussion the Russians want us to be having. They stole this information, they’re selectively leaking. I can’t even verify the information you have there. We simply don’t have enough time as a campaign…”
“I promise you, if these were not true, you’d tell us,” Wallace said, to which Mook kept right on talking, as you can see by clicking on the video below.
The Clinton playbook has been simple: deny they’re real, accuse the Russians. On the first one, Wallace pointed out the dubiousness of this; surely we would have heard of Clinton’s campaign had the cryptographic evidence. As of yet, though, we’ve seen nothing to indicate that these emails were fabricated.
Furthermore, if they weren’t real, then the Russians clearly didn’t steal them; they were made up out of whole cloth by WikiLeaks. Their two points contradict each other at the most basic level possible.
The Democrats refuse to own up to the WikiLeaks email dumps because they lay bare exactly how cravenly opportunistic their party and their top-of-the-ticket candidate are. They’ve tried, for the longest time, to disguise themselves as the party of the “high road.” Yet, behind the scenes, the WikiLeaks emails paint a picture of digital-age Tammany Hall thugs and functionaries, willing to do anything to discredit the opposition.
Chris Wallace isn’t buying it. Neither should you. It’s time we got a better response than that the emails were “stolen” and that the Russians ought to be the real issue, not the stunning contents of those damning communications.
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