Chris Wallace caught up with Hillary Clinton in Harrisburg to record an interview with her for Fox News Sunday (video below, about 24 minutes). Wallace did a poor job on the issues. The interview was lame. Several of the questions are simply pitiful in the Barbara Walters style.
When Wallace get to matters of fact and substance, Clinton promulgated whopper after whopper in her usual style. Wallace played a clip of Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, speaking at the GOP convention. Wallace asked Clinton about Patricia Smith’s comments that Clinton lied to her and the other families on the day when the Benghazi victims’ bodies returned to the United States.
“I understand the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate that,” Clinton said. “As other members of families who’ve lost loved ones have said, that’s not what they heard. I don’t hold any ill feeling for someone who, in that moment, may not fully recall everything that was or wasn’t said.”
Gee, that’s big of her. “Recalling” something that wasn’t said is inventing it, but Clinton is the inventor here. Smith joins Kate Quigley and Charles Woods in recalling Clinton’s blaming the video and her promise to have the video maker arrested. We have a good summary here.
Wallace then played a clip of Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base on the day that the Benghazi victims’ bodies returned to the United States. “We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with,” Clinton said. Clinton asserted that the clip was “unfair” because she quoted other people in that speech who believed that it was terrorism. Those criticizing her are guilty of “confusion.”
When Wallace touched on Clinton’s use of a private email server for her official business as Secretary of State, Clinton essentially blamed the more than 300 State Department officials whom she she communicated with via email. Wallace played the clip of Rep. Gowdy questioning Comey on her receipt and forwarding of classified information via email. In his answers Comey declared Clinton’s public statements to be false.
“That’s not what I heard Director Comey say,” Clinton said. “Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people.”
Pause to take that in. It’s a Gaslight world after all.
As she has elsewhere, Clinton shifted the blame for her mishandling of classified information to her colleagues. The buck stops with them.
“I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked,” Clinton said. “So in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, those — among those 300 people — they made the wrong call.’ At the time, there was no reason, in my view, to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behalf of our country.” Again, this is so big of her.
Wasted as much of this interview was, one can still observe that the woman is a case study in pathology. When it comes to lying without conscience, she can go toe to toe with her beloved husband.
Fox News has posted a good account of the interview. I have drawn on it for some of the quotes above.