Hillary Clinton Gives Excuse For Breaking Email Rules -- Mainstream Media: 'This Is Bad'

The mainstream media is beginning to report about Hillary Clinton in what seems to be a more real -- and hard-hitting -- way.

To watch CNN a few hours ago was to see Anderson Cooper say: "...Potentially huge political ramifications -- what a new Inspector General's report says about Secretary Clinton's email use at the State Department -- especially what it says about her explanation after the fact. Remember she said she cooperated fully? Mmmm.... not so much."

After the commercial break, one of Cooper's commentators said plainly, "This is bad."

Hillary Clinton "violated the [State] Department's policies" by having a private email server according to the Wall Street Journal's coverage of Inspector General Steve Linick's report.

MSN ran a story headlined, "Hillary Clinton sidesteps questions at rally," because she avoided the topic of this Inspector General report when speaking to a small crowd in Buena Park, California.

That rally was sparsely attended by a "mostly older crowd estimated at 450-500 people."

After the report came out, Clinton gave the excuse, as televised on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon, that what she did in having a private email server was "not at all unprecedented."

But the Inspector General did not agree, indicating that Hillary Clinton broke the rules.

"Inspector General Steve Linick contradicted Mrs. Clinton's argument that her exclusive use of a private email server while running the State Department was permitted..."
Clinton responded to the report by saying, "Well, there may be reports that come out but... it's not an issue that is going to affect the campaign or my presidency."

However, even the mainstream media is starting to report the seriousness of this issue. The Washington Post published the following.

"The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that Clinton failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private server and that agency staff members would not have given their blessing if it had been sought because of 'security risks."
This issue continues the distrust that is reported to be among the majority of voters. The Wall Street Journal also published the following.
"Mrs. Clinton has struggled with voters on issues of honesty and trust. In an April Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey, 60% of voters gave the Democratic candidate poor marks on being honest and straightforward, while only 19% give her high ratings on those traits."
Three of five recent polls show Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up, while all recent polls show Bernie Sanders beating Donald Trump in a general election.

ABC shows Trump beating Clinton by two points, Rasmussen shows Trump beating Clinton by five points, and Fox shows Trump ahead of Clinton by three points. NBC indicates that Clinton is beating Trump by three points, and CBS says Clinton is ahead of Trump by six points.

All recent polls on RealClearPolitics show Bernie Sanders beating Trump by several points -- one poll by as much as 15 points.

While Donald Trump also suffers from lack of trust by voters, Bernie Sanders is regarded as highly trustworthy.
What hasn't been on Bernie Sanders' side are the superdelegates. But Sanders has vowed to fight for the Democratic nomination at the convention in July, where he plans to make the case to the superdelegates that he is the stronger general election candidate -- and therefore they should not vote for Hillary Clinton, but instead should vote for him.

One of Sanders' main points is that most of the superdelegates who have said they are going to vote for Hillary Clinton made their announcements long before he started generating massive crowds and attracting major voter support.

Superdelegates do not vote until the convention, but their declarations about who they have said they are voting for are often included in delegate counts.

It seems that Hillary Clinton's crowds are shrinking as mainstream media reports about Clinton's missteps are mounting.

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