Clinton's latest lies and Trump's squandered opportunity
NBC News/First Read:
...Both candidates have serious character flaws. Clinton's lies to stay on point without concessions to the truth while Trump chases squirrels rather than focus on what is important. Neither would make a good President, but one will probably get the job anyway.
The raging Khan controversy overshadowed Hillary Clinton's claim over the weekend that FBI director James Comey said her answers about her email use were "truthful." On Fox News Sunday, Clinton said: "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails." While Comey said he had "no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI," Clinton's blanket statement is a flat-out misrepresentation of how Comey described her handling of the email issue overall. (The Washington Post slapped a "Four Pinocchio" label on the claim on Sunday.) Here's the thing: Somewhere in an alternate universe where the GOP nominee is Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, Clinton's claim would be leading newscasts and knocking the wind out of any post-convention bounce she earned in Philly. Instead, a debate about Trump's lack of empathy for a Gold Star family and a crisis in the GOP is crowding out what should be a solid hit on the Democratic nominee. For as much as Trump's unforced errors frustrate Republicans, the same can be said for Clinton and Democrats. Why did she have to exaggerate what Comey said? Why twist the interpretation of what he said where it stops resembling the truth? She has a shot at putting this race away, but this answer on emails and interpreting Comey is the explanation for why she can't totally shake Trump. It's his character vs her honesty.