What remains unclear is why she posited this suggestion. Some believe she was attempting to leverage her shady connections to China to hurt Trump’s reelection campaign. Others believe she was taking a shot at special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions vis-à-vis alleged Russian collusion.
What’s clear no matter which side you choose is that the woman can’t take a joke.
Recall that during a campaign rally three years ago in Doral, Florida, then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump jokingly asked the Russians to find Clinton’s missing emails.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said during a press conference at the time in Doral, Fla, eliciting zero laughter from the humorless media. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
It was a joke — one that flew over the head of every Democrat, including Clinton.
Speaking Wednesday with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow about Mueller’s report on Russian collusion, which as a reminder found that President Donald Trump had not “conspired” with Russian operatives to affect the 2016 presidential election, Clinton brought the joke up again.
Why? To, it would appear, suggest that Mueller’s conclusions were incorrect and that the president was guilty of collusion after all. To prove this, she rehashed the joke in reverse.
“Imagine … one of the Democratic nominees for 2020 on your show, [saying] the only other adversary of ours who is anywhere near as good as the Russians is China,” she said to Maddow.
“So why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don’t we ask China to back us? And not only that, China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns? I’m sure our media would richly reward you.”
“Now, according to the Mueller report, that is not conspiracy because it’s done right out in the open,” she bitterly added, referring to the special counsel’s conclusion that the joke was just a joke.
And so, she continued, it would be just fine if, after the hypothetical Democrat candidate told a joke, if “all of a sudden, the IRS offices are bombarded with incredibly sophisticated cyber tools looking for Trump’s tax returns and then extracts them and then passes them to whatever the new WikiLeaks happens to be, and they start being unraveled and disclosed.”
“Nothing wrong with that,” she added with self-satisfaction.
Mueller’s report specifically found that, within roughly five hours of Trump making his joke in July of 2016, Russian intelligence officers attempted to hack Clinton’s personal office.
However, the report also established that evidence did not show that “members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
In short, Trump’s joke was just a joke, and the Russians’ shady behavior — which began long before even the Democrat and GOP primaries — wasn’t linked to it in any observable way.
The hypothetical Clinton posited Wednesday suggests that she still hasn’t gotten over the joke, let alone the fact that she lost the 2016 presidential election to a politically inexperienced businessman.
This seems like the most realistic conclusion, especially given what’s known about Clinton being an allegedly humorless shrew who’s too perpetually bitter to laugh at anything.
It also fits with Clinton’s record of being a hypocrite.
Like conservative video producer Robby Starbuck wrote, “If Hillary Clinton truly believed it was wrong to joke about asking a foreign country to hack and leak things then she wouldn’t have just asked China to do it to Trump. They know they’ve been grandstanding this whole time. Russia was an excuse for losing.”
If Hillary Clinton truly believed it was wrong to joke about asking a foreign country to hack and leak things then she wouldn’t have just asked China to do it to Trump. They know they’ve been grandstanding this whole time. Russia was an excuse for losing. pic.twitter.com/EwaygXJOPb
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 2, 2019
Pssst, Hillary. When Trump asked Russia to find your emails…That was a joke.
Hillary & ALL LIBERALS:
“I don’t understand the joke”
— #IAmJamesWoods #WatchTheDemsSelfDestruct (@WeekdayDawg) May 2, 2019
Ya, you made it absurd @HillaryClinton. Did you not realize Trump was joking when he said that about the Russians at his rally?
Also, you forgot the deal: Trump always said he’d produce his tax returns (which he doesn’t legally have to btw) if you produce your 30,000 emails…
— cdub ?? (@cdubwebstah) May 2, 2019
@HillaryClinton @nypost @realDonaldTrump Hey bitter washed up politician, you lost the election, time to get over it. Imagine if China finds all of the emails you deleted or maybe how you ignored the pleas for help from Benghazi. Please go away crooked lady
— Jayw (@jjayw0955) May 2, 2019
@HillaryClinton The 2016 Loser, the difference between You and Trump is the 33,000 lost emails belonged to the American people, Trumps tax returns don’t belong to the American people. I luv’d election night…didn’t you. Lmao
— Troy Deplorable TrumpDeplorable (@TTrumpcult) May 2, 2019
She’s really not handling the loss very well.
— Doug Ryan (@ryandrnj) May 2, 2019
Happy to see @HillaryClinton is still salty about losing the election. She’s been exposed as a liar and a fraud via @Wikileaks but still tries to make excuses. Now she’s calling on China to hack the Republicans. US Empire is self destructing in this epic 2 party political war. ? https://t.co/mKGAH04MSJ
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 2, 2019
But others think she’d been dead serious about a Democrat candidate asking for China’s help.
— Roderick K. Duet (@rkduet45) May 2, 2019
You guys do realize that Hillary Clinton just encouraged China to hack Trump’s tax returns on live television in a very lawyerly fashion so she can’t be found guilty! AG Barr, do your thing! pic.twitter.com/f9De0ZOtXu
— Joey Keeps On Winning! (@JoeyNoCollusion) May 2, 2019
— Langdale.ca (@langdaleca) May 2, 2019
To be clear, this theory is very likely false.
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