Clinton holds on to ‘Russian collusion’ narrative despite Mueller report
Clinton offered a vague evaluation of Trump’s alleged relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, claiming that he is “being played” by the Russian president on a range of issues.
But there is one thing that Clinton does not have to back up her argument, yes, that’s evidence.
Appearing with her husband and former President Bill Clinton at a Las Vegas casino theater in the closing of their disastrous speaking tour which saw tickets plummet to just $20, she insisted that Putin’s KGB background allowed him to mentally size up Trump over the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 campaign.
“I don’t understand exactly the pull out Putin has over him,” said Clinton.
“A lot of these tough guys on the international scene expect you to push back. Right now, we are ceding so much territory to him.”
Clinton, who was left with delivering paid speeches after losing to Trump int the 2016 election.
Clinton is also a frequent target of Trump on Twitter, who has taunted her for coming up short in a race virtually all the punditry corp and analysts expected her to walk away with.
At the event, Clinton said she is advising Democratic candidates what it’s like to have an election “stolen.”
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” Clinton said.
According to The Washington Examiner: On Sunday night the Park MGM hotel theater, which hosted their Las Vegas appearance, appeared about 70 percent filled.
Tickets that had been advertised for hundreds of dollars were, shortly before show time, slashed to the low double digits.
Most of the Clintons’ appearances have pulled in less-than-capacity audiences. Their opening night, in Toronto last fall, filled only about half of the available seats.
Both Clinton finds themselves far less prevalent in the public eye than the comparatively recent past.
Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001 riding high on a record of remarkable economic growth over his term, a world relatively at peace and approval ratings among the highest of recent commanders-in-chief in his era.
Bill Clinton’s popularity grew during the George W. Bush White House years, as the most recent point of comparison for a Democratic president.
His bipartisan travels with former President George H.W. Bush on disaster relief in the South Pacific and Haiti only heightened his allure.
But Hillary Clinton’s twin failures trying to succeed him as president — losing the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama and 2016 general election to Trump — took some of the lusters off his reputation.
And in the #MeToo era, Democratic partisans are much less forgiving over his Oval Office dalliances with Monica Lewinsky.
Calls for impeachment of Trump inevitably lead to comparisons of Bill Clinton’s 1998-99 saga that left his uncomfortably close to prematurely exiting the Oval Office.
Still, Hillary Clinton on Sunday used every opportunity on stage to blast Trump and his administration.
“This president obstructed justice,” she said about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent Russia report.
“He tried to interfere with that investigation.”
Hillary Clinton also said her gender — in 2016 she became the first woman chosen to lead a major party presidential ticket — led to unfair treatment of her in public life.
She cited that as a reason Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lasted week suggested it’s to begin investigating Clinton and others.
An FBI probes into Clinton’s use of an illegal email server while secretary of state ended in 2016.
More than 30,000 emails were deleted from the server, with 5,000 ultimately recovered.
Clinton had said she “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified,” but the FBI found more than 100 emails that did contain classified information.
“It’s sort of a perverse form of flattery that these guys cannot get over me,” she said.
“They’ve been going after me for 25 years, and it really annoys them that I’m still standing.”
She added wistfully about her Capitol Hill tenure, “I don’t recognize some of the people I served with in the Senate on the other side of the aisle.”
The Clintons’ Las Vegas appearance was hyped on the Strip around shows featuring Janet Jackson and Cher.
The pair can actually claim some enduring popularity in the Silver State.
Bill Clinton won Nevada in 1992 and 1996, and Hillary Clinton claimed it for her column in her 2016 loss.
In the 2008 Nevada Democratic Caucus, she and rival Barack Obama came out about even.