It would be right to personify Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick for running-mate in the 2016 General Election, as someone who “speaks softly but carries a big stick.” The Conservative Republican governor of Indiana has proved to be a wildly successful public servant who doesn’t need to manipulate the press to garner respect.
So when the GOP vice presidential nominee was recently asked about the newly revealed evidence against Hillary Clinton regarding her email scandal, Pence’s reply was sharp and quick. Pence told Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press, the Democrat nominee is “the most dishonest candidate for President of the United States since Richard Nixon.” When pressed if he was being too harsh Pence replied, “It is a tough charge, but, come on!”
Pence is obviously correct. Clinton’s mishandling of classified information has become a byproduct of a more sinister scheme, and one that makes her wholly unqualified to even hold the elected office of dog catcher.
Clinton’s clandestine scheme to glean personal riches from her time as Secretary of State in leveraging operational access at the State Department through the Clinton Foundation is now the bigger corruption issue confronting her. As more information comes out about just how viciously she tried to cover-up her actions, she is being more inarguably proven guilty.
“What’s evident from all of the revelations over the last several weeks is that Hillary Clinton operated in such a way to keep her emails, and particularly her interactions while Secretary of State with the Clinton Foundation, out of the public reach, out of public accountability,” Pence said to Todd.
He went on to say Clinton either knew, or should have known, that she mishandled classified information in such a reckless way as to make it vulnerable to being hacked, brought into the public domain, and even vulnerable at times to enemies of the United States. Many experts have suggested the Clinton vulnerabilities have been exploited by Russian hackers.
“All of these revelations over the last several weeks – and now the notes, where we find out there was a frantic effort by her senior staffers to wipe her servers with high-tech technology after the New York Times revealed she had a private server – I think it all truly does disqualify her from serving as President of the United States,” Pence said.
It was revealed in the FBI document dump Friday that Clinton used the excuse that she “couldn’t recall” when queried on specific issues related to her use of private email accounts and her private server almost 3 dozen times. She also maintained that on the issue of classified document training, she simply couldn’t remember, blaming her 2012 head injury for the lack of recollection. Interestingly, Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State in 2009.
Pence’s assertion that Hillary Clinton is dishonest to a historical degree is corroborated by the public’s sentiment. A devastating 55 percent of voters, with 10 percent being undecided, see Clinton as being honest, according to Rasmussen.
And with Clinton’s hiding from the mainstream media – she hasn’t has a real press conference, complete with unscripted questions and answers since before 2016 – the perception is that she most definitely has something to hide.