According to a Fox News poll conducted last week, 67 percent of likely voters don’t think Hillary Clinton is “honest and trustworthy.” That’s 5 percentage points more than said the same thing about Donald Trump — an amazing accomplishment, since the blowhard billionaire can barely open his mouth without lying.
Clinton’s credibility with voters may be even weaker than that poll suggests, since it was completed before FBI Director James Comey disclosed that agents had stumbled across another trove of emails that crossed the unsecured private server she improperly used as secretary of state.
Whether or not the FBI finds any previously unidentified messages containing classified material, the discovery reminded everyone of Clinton’s tendency to pile lie upon lie instead of coming clean about her mistakes.
“I’m not making excuses,” Clinton said at a rally in Ohio on Monday. “I’ve said it was a mistake, and I regret it.”
Clinton didn’t manage to describe what Comey later called her “extremely careless” handling of “very sensitive, highly classified information” as a mistake until six months after the New York Times revealed her reliance on a personal email system during her tenure at the State Department. Until that interview, she did nothing but make excuses, and even afterward she continued to offer false assurances aimed at minimizing her misbehavior.
Clinton claimed that “what I did was allowed,” that she “fully complied with every rule,” that “there is no classified material” in the emails she sent and received and that she “went above and beyond what I was requested to do.”