Neither major-party candidate has the character or the competence to lead this country.
Never before have American primary voters presented the general public with two candidates so manifestly unfit to be commander-in-chief. Never before have we watched two candidates lie so boldly and brazenly to our faces, and never before have we been presented with such a miserable combination of lawlessness, ignorance, and arrogance. In yesterday’s so-called commander-in-chief forum, hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made it clear that they seek power — competence and integrity be damned.
Let’s begin with Clinton’s continued deceptions about her homebrew e-mail server. She is utterly shameless. Here’s Hillary speaking about classified information:
But the real question is the handling of classified material, which is I think what the implication of your question was. And for all the viewers watching you tonight, I have a lot of experience dealing with classified material, starting when I was on the Senate Armed Services Committee going into the four years as secretary of state. Classified material has a header which says “top secret,” “secret,” “confidential.” Nothing — and I will repeat this, and this is verified in the report by the Department of Justice — none of the e-mails sent or received by me had such a header.
This has been her line for a year, and she knows its fundamentally misleading. Every person with a security clearance is responsible for proper handling of marked and unmarked classified information. The FBI found that Hillary sent and received classified information on a system less secure than Gmail — and that “any reasonable person” in her position “should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.” No ordinary person could get away with such behavior.
To make matters worse, she later repeated this same deception to a veteran, a man who had a top-secret clearance and who rightly said, “Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned.” This is no small matter. A woman who should be a criminal defendant is the front-runner to be commander-in-chief.Read the rest of David French's op-ed HERE.
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