The ground is shrinking beneath Hillary Clinton’s feet, all because of a story we first heard about thanks to the work of Veterans for a Strong America.
Last July, VSA’s chairman and founder Joel Arends brought in powerhouse attorney Mark Zaid to file a Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) with the U.S. State Department. VSA was seeking Hillary’s emails and phone logs for the time leading up to the Benghazi terrorist attacks in 2012. That was the first time me and most Americans heard about the ethics scandal that now threatens to thwart Hillary’s presumed 2016 presidential campaign.
Hillary eventually turned over 55,000 pages of emails from her personal email account to the state department back in December, but only about 300 of them were given to a congressional committee investigating Benghazi. VSA is currently suing the State Department to recover the rest, and the public clearly has a right to know what’s in there. Especially the surviving family members of those four dead Americans.
Proving VSA’s suspicions were ahead of the curve, the New York Times of all places broke the story wide open earlier this month. Having the Rosetta Stone of the liberal media as the catalyst here indicates the story clearly has legs. It also explains why you haven’t see the typical “rush to exonerate” a Democrat in trouble we usually see from the Left media.
With the story escalating, Hillary held a press conference on the matter this week while visiting the United Nations. I watched the presser from my studio with the audio off, and the closed captioning on. Her body language was, in a word, abysmal. She rarely made eye contact with the audience. She literally peered down her nose numerous times. She put off a vibe that basically said “I can’t believe you’re making me take time away from saving the world to answer your silly questions.” She was so arrogant, while admitting she had deleted emails, that if the graphic on screen had identified her as “Marie Antoinette” it would’ve been self-parody.
Bottom line–Hillary had all the smugness of her husband, but with none of his charm.
If anything, Hillary’s deadpan impersonation of Claire Underwood impersonating Hillary Clinton on House of Cards made the situation even worse. Consider these liberal media headlines in the aftermath:
Associated Press: “Clinton concedes she should’ve used government email.”
Washington Post: “Clinton says it would’ve been smarter to use State emails.”
CNN: “Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is exactly what you can expect from her presidential campaign.”
New York Times: “Clinton tries to quell email controversy.”
Los Angeles Times: “Clinton reveals she deleted 30,000 emails.”
Obviously, this is not the way you want to kickoff you’re allegedly fate accompli presidential aspirations.
There are two dueling narratives about the Clintons and the last time we allowed them to live in the White House. One says they balanced the budget, and after splitting the difference with the Republican Congress produced the longest sustained economic growth we’ve seen other than the Reagan Revolution. The other is the Clintons are elitist liberal hypocrites, who believe as long as they use taxpayer money to bribe voters they can literally get away with whatever they want.
There is evidence supporting both of these narratives, and that’s what makes this particular story so damaging. It is reminding us of the shady underbelly of the first Clinton era just as they were getting set to launch a “ready for Hillary” nostalgia campaign. For example, stop and think about the fact the first question Hillary took at her press conference was from Turkish television, and she was asked “would this be happening if you were a man?”
Set aside for a moment how incredulous it is for us to be lectured about gender roles from a representative of Turkish television. Sure, I know they’re “moderate” and all. Which simply means their women are allowed to drive, with male supervision of course. But Hillary’s response to that clearly planted troll was, “I will leave that to others to answer.”
So the wife of an impeached president wants to play the “gender card” when challenged on her ethics. Right, because there’s like no evidence whatsoever this would be happening to Bubba if he did what Hillary is accused of. I mean, Bubba’s presidency wasn’t marred by even a hint of scandal, all because he had a penis (note the sarcasm).
All of this reminds is there is no underestimating the shamelessness of the Clintons. But the actions of VSA and others here may mean we’re finally done putting up with it.
(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)