Mike Pence Used Private Email for State Business and Was Hacked
When they write the story of the 2016 election it will be called ‘But What About Your Emails, Secretary Clinton?’
As noted by SNL the Saturday before the election. Is Trump in bed with Russia? ‘Well, nobody’s perfect, but what about your emails Secretary Clinton?’
Was Trump helped by Comey? ‘Ok, but what about your emails Secretary Clinton?’
Was Trump nodding and winking to the KKK? ‘Ok, but what about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’
The media coverage always suggested that improper email server management might be what the Bible meant when it talked about the Unpardonable Sin.
‘Charles Manson was a sadistic, mass murderer, but what about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’
See? ‘What about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’ can literally work for anything. At least as the media framed this minor email scandal.
As Jonathan Chait put it with a great neologism, a key part of the normalization of Trump was the abnormalization of Hillary.
Now we hear about Mike Pence’s emails:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 3, 2017
Now using private emails is no longer a big deal. Some apologists last night tried to hair split:
People attempting to compare Clinton's email to Pence: per Indiana law, his private email is legal. Clinton at state dept is not the same.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) March 3, 2017
Good old Cassandra Fairbanks who raised money for the hackers-Crackers With Attitude; who catfished Anthony Weiner-who also highjacked John Brennan.
“There seems to be a strong friendship between the Daily Mail’s journalist Alana Goodman, who wrote the “15 year old girl” story on which the “criminal case” was based, and Ms. Fairbanks of Sputnik. They photographed themselves on multiple occasions together in social settings, such as sabering bottles of champagne at Trump Tower. They defended each other on Twitter. Ms. Goodman appears in many tweeted photographs by Miss Fairbanks. At one debate, Miss Goodman stars in a photograph of herself wearing a ‘Make America Great’ cap pulled down over her head. Sputnik’s Miss Fairbanks points everybody to Goodman’s story on Weiner of the 21st. Goodman is also apparently close to the Trump campaign’s Moishe Lee.”
“Sputnik’s Cassandra Fairbanks was also invited to the Inaugural Freedom Ball, which is quite an honor for a mouthpiece of the Russian state, and tweeted her pictures close to Trump and the First Lady. She followed this ostensibly unlikely triumph by spending New Year’s eve, too, with Miss Goodman (shortly after her photograph with Justin Liverman of CWA).”
“Yet while Ms. Fairbanks promoted Ms. Goodman’s exclusive on the “15 year old girl”, on Twitter, her own organ, Sputnik, and RT.com, seemed awfully reticent to promote it – or even to touch it.”
Regarding Indiana law vs the State Department, Clinton’s use of the server was not a violation of law. It was contrary to a later rule applied. In any case, Trump regularly uses his unsecure Android for official state business as did Jeff Sessions assistant when she defended his perjury the other night.
The key here hopefully is obvious. The furor over the private emails was politically motivated faux outrage from the start-a number of GOPers running for President that year also had email issues but the media simply ignored that.
In all seriousness, will James Comey, Jason Chaffetz, Trey Gowdy etc who cared about private accounts demand VPOTUS release all emails?
— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) March 3, 2017
I think we all know the answer to that.
What If Voters Only Cared About Clinton's Private Emails Because The Vague Idea Of Them Being Controversial Helped Confirm Existing Biases
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) March 3, 2017
What Pearce ought to ask himself is why the media cared so much about this vague furor over private emails. With Herr Trump it turns out that even on private email use there is more of it than you’d have had in a Clinton WH.
Of course, that’s the least of our worries over Trump.
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