Even after decades in journalism, some things can leave Tom Brokaw stunned. And Hillary Clinton’s ever-changing story about her private email server is one of them.
The former NBC News anchorman said Sunday that he was “stunned” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement that she “was not thinking” about the effect of using a private, non-secure server to handle her official email traffic.
And he stopped well short of saying he believed it.
Folks on social media were a bit more blunt: They found it downright “scary” that a person claiming to be qualified to be president would be so cavalier about national security.
“She’s made some huge mistakes, in my judgement,” Brokaw told NBC News “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.
“In that wonderful interview that Andrea initiated … when she said ‘I didn’t think’ about the effect of email, I was stunned. We were deep into the digital age at that point. She’s secretary of state.”
Todd asked if “The Greatest Generation” author Brokaw believed Clinton’s admission. Brokaw hedged.
“I believe that she was presumptuous, is what I believe, and that’s what a lot people think, that she’s presumptuous about, if I believe it, it’s the right way of doing things. Where were the security people at the State Department saying, ‘No, Madam Secretary,’ you have to have a secure server over here?’ “ he asked.
“At this point, to suggest that as secretary of state, as much as she’d been around, she didn’t think about the impact and the possibility of hacking, just astonishes me. I think it takes away from her big argument of ‘I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I know what I’m doing.’”
Watch the exchange in the following clip:
Clinton’s explantion, whether truthful or not, left plenty of other people astonished as well, and they took to social media to voice their concerns.
Republican strategist Rory Cooper tweeted:
Didn’t even think…beyond installing a server in bathroom, hiring staffer to manage it, using lawyers to wipe it. pic.twitter.com/ztnUBUiV9G
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) September 5, 2015
And others answered Cooper’s call with thoughts of their own:
— Pam Besteder (@pambesteder) September 6, 2015
— Nucleus of Truth (@ABWright824) September 6, 2015
— Peter Williams (@PWilliamsD) September 6, 2015
— Maralyn Burstein (@MaralynBurstein) September 5, 2015
— Low Info Buffalo (@DeadBuffaloBlog) September 6, 2015
And what if she were to be elected? There’s only one word to describe that:
Hillary: “I was not thinking a lot” And people want to make her POTUS? Scary
— Ulrike (@bingbing3e21) September 5, 2015
The latest polls show Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders well in the lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, and catching ip to her in Iowa.
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