#CrookedHillary Clinton vs. the apparently now inevitable Donald Trump: Daily Bullshit, May 26, 2016 (updated)

Updated for more from Jonathan Turley on Hillary Clinton’s emails.


Hillary Clinton

I was waiting for Jonathan Turley to check in regarding the State Department Inspector General’s report on Hillary Clinton’s email server. He now has. And he sounds much more like a prosecutor than a defense attorney. Even so, he writes, “The odds still favor Clinton in avoiding criminal charges.”[1]

It should be noted that Rich Lowry, though writing for Politico in one of these articles, is editor of the National Review. I’m not wild about folks on the right making an argument attacking Clinton’s alleged feminist bona fides; it smacks of hypocrisy for such men to write that “Hillary Clinton’s self-image as a feminist champion has always been at odds with her political partnership with a serial womanizer whose electoral career has depended on discrediting and smearing the women with whom he’s had dalliances.”[2] But it’s an argument that complements Maureen Dowd’s takedown of Clinton’s alleged feminism a little over three months ago.[3] And he’s not the first to say that “Hillary was always with the sisterhood, except when one of the sisters piped up about Bill having sex with her or grossly mistreating her, in which case Hillary was with the patriarchy — i.e., her powerful, entitled husband — all the way.”[4] Zoë Heller argued a little over a month ago that with Clinton, “[w]henever feminist principles have been at odds with what is politically expedient, expediency has tended to win the day.”[5] And, for what it’s worth, the National Review has been no friend of Donald Trump.[6]

Michael Scherer, “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor to Hillary Clinton’s Home,” Time, May 25, 2016, http://time.com/4348675/terry-mcauliffe-hillary-clinton-china-investigation/

Democracy Now! “‘Significant Security Risks’: State Department Says Clinton Broke Rules Using Private Email Server,” May 26, 2016, http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/26/significant_security_risks_state_department_says

Rich Lowry, “Yes, Hillary Was an Enabler,” Politico, May 26, 2016, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/yes-hillary-was-an-enabler-213919

Jonathan Turley, “State Department Refutes Key Statements By Clinton On Email Scandal; Finds That She Violated Clear Rules,” May 26, 2016, https://jonathanturley.org/2016/05/26/state-department-refutes-key-statements-by-clinton-on-email-scandal-finds-that-she-knowingly-violated-rules/

Jonathan Turley, “‘The Mystery Emails’: State Department Report References Key Emails That Were Not Previously Turned Over,” May 27, 2016, https://jonathanturley.org/2016/05/27/the-mystery-emails-state-department-report-references-key-emails-that-were-not-previously-turned-over/


Donald Trump

It might be worth remembering that on announcing his bid for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump reportedly paid actors $50 each to bolster his crowds.[7] Also, I am including today an article I dismissed yesterday as yet more National Review denial. Today, I see Charles Murray being cited by a number of folks, which immediately means this is a more important article than I originally judged it to be, and would be so even if I had correctly judged the article on its merits rather than on a cursory scan of the headline. As it turns out, it probably actually is worth the read.

Charles Murray, “Why ‘Hillary Is Even Worse’ Doesn’t Cut It,” National Review, May 25, 2016, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435805/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-why-hillary-is-even-worse-doesnt-cut-it

Jesse Byrnes, “Trump clinches GOP nomination,” Hill, May 26, 2016, http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/281350-ap-trump-clinches-gopination


Footnotes

  1. [1]Jonathan Turley, “State Department Refutes Key Statements By Clinton On Email Scandal; Finds That She Violated Clear Rules,” May 26, 2016, https://jonathanturley.org/2016/05/26/state-department-refutes-key-statements-by-clinton-on-email-scandal-finds-that-she-knowingly-violated-rules/
  2. [2]Rich Lowry, “Yes, Hillary Was an Enabler,” Politico, May 26, 2016, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/yes-hillary-was-an-enabler-213919
  3. [3]Maureen Dowd, “When Hillary Clinton Killed Feminism,” New York Times, February 13, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/opinion/sunday/when-hillary-clinton-killed-feminism.html
  4. [4]Rich Lowry, “Yes, Hillary Was an Enabler,” Politico, May 26, 2016, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/yes-hillary-was-an-enabler-213919
  5. [5]Zoë Heller, “Hillary & Women,” review of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works, by Jay Newton-Small, and My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency, by Doug Henwood, New York Review of Books, April 7, 2016, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/04/07/hillary-women/
  6. [6]Conor Friedersdorf, “Standing Athwart History Yelling, ‘Stop Donald Trump!’” Atlantic, January 22, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/standing-athwart-history-yelling-stop-donald-trump/426504/; National Review, “Against Trump,” January 21, 2016, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430137/donald-trump-conservative-movement-menace
  7. [7]Aaron Couch and Emmet McDermott, “Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement,” Hollywood Reporter, June 17, 2015, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-campaign-offered-actors-803161

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