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Hillary Drops Atom Bomb on Trump

Hillary Clinton used a CNN Democratic town hall event Monday in Iowa to pillory Donald Trump for “dangerous” rhetoric targeting Muslims, calling the GOP front-runner “shameful” even as her own behavior as secretary of state is under investigation by the FBI.

Clinton also refused to admit an “error in judgement” for keeping a private email server in her home, sending classified emails on unsecured networks and destroying more than 30,000 emails she said were purely “private.”

“I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment because what — nothing that I did was wrong.  It was not —- it was not in any way prohibited.  And so …” she said.

Clinton appeared at the event along with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Each showed up onstage separately and mostly took questions from the audience.

One of those questions was from an American Muslim woman who seemed almost cast for the role by CNN as counterpoint to Trump’s argument that Muslim immigration should be temporarily halted until safeguards are in place. Though garbed in a hijab, she was listed as an Air Force veteran and said she was a mother of three who wanted to know: “How can we make sure that the United States today is — that we protect the constitutional rights of all groups of people without marginalizing any one community?”

Hillary knew just what to do.

“One of the most distressing aspects of this campaign has been the language of Republican candidates, particularly their front-runner, that insults, demeans, denigrates different people,” Clinton said. “He has cast a wide net. He started with Mexicans. He’s currently on Muslims. It’s not only shameful and contrary to our values to say that people of a certain religion should never come to this country, or to claim that there are no real people of the Muslim faith who share our values, and to have the kind of dismissive and insulting approach. It’s not only shameful and offensive, which it is. I think it’s dangerous. And it’s dangerous in several ways.”

The New York Post, meanwhile, reported that, “The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle ‘cut and pasted’ material from the government’s classified network so that it could be sent to her private email address.” The peril presented to U.S. security and secret operatives abroad might also be considered, by reasonable people, “dangerous in several ways.”

Host Chris Cuomo eventually got around to asking Clinton about the “email issue,” noting that the Des Moines Register newspaper said  “when she makes a mistake she should just say so.” Clinton’s answer was classic Clinton.

“You know, I had no intention of doing anything other than having a convenient way of communicating, and it turned out not to be so convenient. So again, we’ve answered every question and we will continue to do so. But you know, maybe being faster, trying to scramble around to find out what all of this means, I probably should have done that quicker.”

Cuomo said: “You’re willing to say it was an error in judgment, you should’ve apologized …”

Clinton, waving her hands wildly as she paced the stage, replied: “No. I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment because what — nothing that I did was wrong.  It was not — it was not in any way prohibited. And so … But part of the problem, and I would just say this as, not an excuse but just as an explanation. When you’re facing something like that you got to get the facts.  And it takes time to get the facts. And so when I said hey, take all my emails, make them public. That had never been done before, ever, by anybody. And so we’ve been sorting our way through this because it is kind of a unique situation.

“I’m happy people are looking at the emails. Some of them are, you know, frankly a little embarrassing. You know. You find out that sometimes I’m not the best on technology and things like that. But look, I think it’s great. Let people sort them through. And as we have seen, there is a lot of — you know a lot of interest. But it’s something that took time to get done.”

With the Iowa caucuses just seven days away, Clinton and Sanders played to their strengths, with Clinton emphasizing her experience and Sanders his leftist, insurgent message.

Much as the Republicans are divided between Establishment candidates and the base, the two leading Democrats separated along outsider-insider lines. Both Sanders and Clinton pitched themselves as the candidate “of the people,” willing to work with the other party to get things done in Washington. But the way they would go about it and the qualifications they touted for doing so were very different.

Clinton made little effort to hide her lofty place in the Democratic hierarchy, emphasizing her time as secretary of state and even presenting herself as having had something to do with the economic expansion during her husband’s presidency.

Not only is she trying to eliminate inequality, but she’s been doing it forever, Clinton noted.

“I think it’s fair to say I have a 40-year record in going after inequality,” said Clinton.

Her main departure from the Establishment character she is was a kind of spastic excitement she tried to show, perhaps trying to convince the youths swooning for Sanders that she still has vigor.

Sanders drew fierce contrasts to Clinton, embracing socialism and calling for a political revolution. He noted that while experience is important, it’s not the only thing that matters — citing the crises our nation faces today that are so serious “we need to go beyond Establishment politics” to solve them.

“We are touching a nerve with the American people who understand that Establishment politics just aren’t bold enough,” Sanders said.

Sanders was able to draw a strong contrast to Clinton on foreign policy — mainly the war in Iraq — and Wall Street.

Both candidates needed to bring their A-game Monday night, and they did. Clinton needed to show up and discuss her record, and do so in a way that didn’t alienate any potential Sanders voters. Sanders needed to continue his anti-Wall Street rhetoric and appear as the same genuine, personable and relatable candidate that many Democratic voters — especially millennials — are attracted to. Each succeeded.

Sanders’ refusal to distance himself from his leftism seems to be working. Ahead of Monday’s town hall, CNN’s Poll of Polls averages show Sanders inching ahead of Clinton in Iowa with 46 percent to 44 percent. Perhaps that’s in part because recent polling from Selzer & Co. shows that 43 percent of Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa say they would use the word “socialist” to describe themselves, which is bad news for Clinton.

Just moments before the town hall, both sides were playing the expectations game. Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said his candidate needs to do well in Iowa, but doesn’t need to win there. Joel Benenson, chief strategist for the Clinton campaign, downplayed New Hampshire, arguing the campaign always knew that would be a tight race.

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60 Responses to Hillary Drops Atom Bomb on Trump

  1. Is Hillary paying attention to the migrant problems in Europe? Most of us are, so I wouldn’t call it an “atom bomb”, more like she was peeing down the audiences’ back and told them it was raining.

  2. Interesting how she-who-is-soon-to-be-indicted for high crimes against the State re her email hoo-hah is still wallowing around the pool of lies she expects the citizenry to accept as truth. That train left the station a long time ago, Hillary. Or should we call you “Federal Prisoner 9477365”, in anticipation?

    • Benghazi. Help. Benghazi. Help. Benghazi. Help.
      As well as she rambles through an explanation of the emails, she does not explain how everyone else would be charged and locked up, ASAP. In other words if her voters/fans all hacked into that information. They would be charged.

  3. Sanders is an avowed Socialist who is running for president in a country that has been built on the contributions of its people with very little government interference. Or at least it started out that way. He has done well for himself in this country that he wants to lead. Another one of the political elite who deserves it.

    CNN had entire segment on Sanders yesterday morning. For heaven’s sake: he is a SOCIALIST!

    HRC is a nut job. Her only contribution is to be Bill’s wife, and therefore First Lady, and secretary of state, which is certainly nothing to be proud of, given Benghazi and her email issues. She and Bill were poor when they left the WH and got rich how? Another one of the political elite who deserves to be president.

    Scary times.

    • Scarier still that 43% of Iowa Democrat caucusgoers describe themselves as “Socialists,” also.

      We’ve run out of OPM. There’s more moochers than there are producers. There’s no longer a stigma associated with being a deadbeat. In fact, it’s encouraged. Look at the surprising number of 20-24 year olds who’ve never held a job, who describe themselves as “retired.” It’s finally happening. Even the Democrats in Iowa have caught on. No one wants to be the last taxpaying sucker in the room when they turn out the lights.

      • Jed, you are spot on. The first time I heard that you could stay on your parents insurance until 26, I thought, “What the hell?” At 26 I had graduated college, had two kids and my husband’s company provided us all with insurance. Our fist child was paid for by the government. My husband was a Marine. He went to school, including a masters in ChemE on the G. I. Bill. Why don’t we re-instate the G. I. Bill or the Peace Corps and put these freeloaders to work? They all whine about the high cost of college education and their school debt. Once upon a time, there was no job too hard or too demeaning. You simply learned to do it and did it! OK, the reason that we don’t re-instate the G.I. Bill, Obama has decimated the military.

        • Agree, Bonnie. At 26, I worked for a big trade assn in DC–had a degree, health insurance, a retirement plan (which I later cashed, darn it), and bought my own birth control at the pharmacy. Everyone did. I think the GI bill still is in effect–just fewer GIs. Yes? No?

  4. MrsClinton is wrong:
    Our American values do not include a provision that we welcome a group of people who follow the instructions of their Holy Book to denigrate women, or to kill those who don’t believe as they do.
    As American citizens we believe in the letter of the law, and in that respect, we demand that our borders be closed and those who crossed that border be sent back to their homelands.
    American voters are not stupid.
    We are not on a suicidal mission to destroy what made our country great.

  5. As far as I could tell the Town Hall was CNN needing viewers, Chris Cuomo having another platform to show that he’s a totally in the tank for Hillary, and questions that were OBVIOUSLY NOT written by the audience members and OBVIOUSLY given to the candidates in advance. There’s footage of one questioner saying “I can see why they gave you this question”. Lame scripted unproductive event.

  6. “How can we make sure that the United States today is — that we protect the constitutional rights of all groups of people without marginalizing any one community?”

    Let’s start by remembering that citizens of Iraq and Syria have ZERO rights to constitutional protections in this country, especially when they are crashing the gates and here illegally. The left loves to claim the Bill of Rights when it’s convenient, mostly in the context of applying it to people who are not citizens. Craziness.

    And Hillary didn’t even make a mistake in judgment with her illegal private email server! That is so good to know! I am sure the FBI investigators who have turned up thousands of Top Secret and above emails from that unsecured computer will be impressed with her argument.

  7. Pretty wordy A-Bomb…I don’t think he should be casting doubt on all of a group or throwing around these nutty notions, but don’t get what it has to do with her also nutty handling of the email thing on her side. Aren’t you really saying, in effect, he’s bad, but so is she…? I loved the wildly waving arms and spastic behavior refs, though–she is pretty out there with her raised arms, scooping hands, tomahawk chops, etc.

    This morning on MoJoe (you can thank me later bec now you don’t have to watch MSNBC) they asked Trump whom in Congress he thought he could work with as president. All he could think of was Pelosi and Reid.

  8. Don´t let Muslims into your country in great numbers. Look at us in Europe and our problems, take warning. And if this female “Air Force Veteran” is dressed up in hijab even when she is in a western country I would say, don´t trust her. It is a provocation. I wonder if it is possible to “protect the constitutional rights” of this group without giving up and losing control. Islam, Sharia laws and democracy do not go well together.

    • Swedishlady, I agree with your comment “Islam, Sharia laws and democracy do not go well together.”
      I’ve said this many times here:
      1. Don’t just identify these people as Muslims. Identify their country of origin first. Then determine their Islamic beliefs. For example, Pakistani Muslims or Turkish Muslims or Syrian Muslims, etc. There are many different kinds of Islam.
      2. THEN, accept the fact that Islam is the governing law in all Islamic countries. AND, Muslim culture is tribal based, therefore, the concept of “equal good for all” does not exist. Each tribe will uphold only their tribal culture for all time.
      3. I believe most of these refugees are not from Syria. They don’t appear Syrian in appearance but they definitely look Indian or Pakistani.
      4. Pakistani men are up to no good.
      5. Anyone who believes these men are wrongly displaced is delusional. They are seeking the wealth of Western culture and the hope to hold it captive within the strict confines of their particular Islamic tribal culture.
      6. Remember this if nothing else – I say again…
      These men are from Pakistan and they are not coming to do good. They intend to stake their claim by any means possible.
      7. Hillary didn’t drop the a-bomb – she just laid the biggest egg of her life. What a dumb thing to say. Who told her that was a good idea!?!

  9. ” Atom bomb “? More like water off a ducks back.
    Here’s something ” shameful ” Hillary, to and Obama left F-O-U-R American’s to die in Benghazi in order to win a election that was going to be stolen anyway.
    Now to address this 1/5 of the world’s “peaceful” muslims.
    Maybe I’ve missed their spokesman denouncing radical islam jihadist.
    No marches, rally’s, or going on record anywhere to condemn the rape and sexual abuse of women in Europe is wrong.
    Or at least in regards to the muslim invaders latest behavior, defecating in swimming pools is not acceptable.

    • Above all, Benghazi is her number one sin.
      She should be incarcerated for the rest of her life. Her gall to believe she should be president. My military family would vote for her execution for treason.

    • ..Trish Regan on FBN this afternoon addressed that not only Women,but Children are being sexually abused in Germany by the Immigrant Men.Public swimming pools supply the ‘immigrant invaders’with their choice of victims..one was a three year old girl.
      Sickening behavior.

  10. Obama meeting with Sanders. Looks like there is no need for a Demokrat or Socialist Party this time around. Once the sitting President makes his decision , the party and the media will endorse and support his choice. The “candidates” will do as told.

    Like Russia and China and a few other countries….who are ruled and not governed.

  11. According to Drudge Trump skipping the Thursday debate….if so. Good! Too many of them anyway…apparently he’s doing an event with veterans..sounds fine to me.