The presidential campaign trail is proving something even Democrats have known for decades: Hillary Clinton has an honesty problem.
Even in those moments when telling the truth would do nothing to hurt her chances to return to the White House, she still can’t tell the truth. Even when it comes to ice cream.
At a campaign stop at a New Hampshire ice cream shop last week, she did something highly unusual — unusual for her at least. She agreed to take questions from the press.
This came as such a shock to reporters following her around, they couldn’t even think of the questions the public would want answered: Benghazi, the multitude of email scandals including her unilateral destruction of tens of thousands of emails, the effect that large donations to the Clinton Foundation may have had on her decisions while Secretary of State — and the list goes on.
So they lobbed a few softballs at her, one coming from a photographer.
“What’s your favorite flavor?” he shouted out, according to a pool report.
“I like nearly everything,” Clinton answered.
But in the early months of her first presidential bid, she’d tried a wine-infused ice cream produced by Mercer’s Dairy in Upstate New York.
“The first time I ate Mercer’s ice cream, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” Clinton said, according to Syracuse.com. “It was so good.”
The then-senator followed up by calling Mercer’s owner Roxiana Hurlburt the “hodmother” of her “favorite” ice cream in a letter on her Senate stationery.
Possibly the reason she takes so few questions from the press is a self-awareness that she can’t help but color the truth.
At another campaign stop, a reporter asked for her reaction to Donald Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants that have been making headlines since his announcement for the presidency in mid-June.
Clinton could have simply said something like “He brought the backlash on himself with his inflammatory statements.”
But instead she responded, “No, I’m going to sit down and have some pie.”
Appallingly, the reporters didn’t seem to care. One voice could be heard saying, “Hey! Let’s go get some pie, folks!”
So long as they can wallow in pie and ice cream, they’re OK with it.
Here’s a video of that exchange:
The true extent of Clinton’s reluctance to answer questions was revealed in a tweet coming from Matt Mackowiak, who runs a GOP political and corporate communications consulting firm out of Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.
Hillary Clinton announced for president April 12. 86 days later she has not done one national TV interview.
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) July 6, 2015
His tweet was bombarded with replies:
— megan (@dafferster) July 6, 2015
— Finn McCool (@FinnfidelMcCool) July 6, 2015
But it’s also the fault of the media. It is, after all, their job to vet the candidates, to hold them accountable for their words and actions — to hold their feet to the fire if required in order to learn the truth.
— Freedom Patriot (@Saturday4ever) July 6, 2015
— Angel777TN (@AngelaTN777) July 6, 2015
You would think Clinton would be appreciative of a media that only occasionally sends a softball question her way — but you’d be wrong.
239 years ago America declared independence. Today Hillary celebrates that by roping off the press like wild animals. pic.twitter.com/ya0BjsdSKB
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 4, 2015
“Hard Choices” was the name of Clinton’s most recent book.
It looks like her only “hard choice” is ice cream, pie, or both.
Any way you swing it, it amounts to lies a la mode.
H/T: Breitbart News
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