Yes, Hillary Clinton hates everyday Americans.
No, not in the way that right-wing media wants you to think.
The latest WikiLeaks dump of emails from top Clinton advisor chief John Podesta was released on Tuesday, containing what many media outlets reported to be a bombshell against the Clinton campaign. In one email from April 2015, Podesta made what seemed to be a huge revelation — Hillary Clinton hates everyday Americans.
“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I’m running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion.”
The WikiLeaks email made the rounds almost immediately, with sites like the Gateway Pundit running with the headline that Clinton hates everyday Americans. “WOW,” the article stated. Others circulated the story and copies of the email, claiming it will be the story that turns the tide against Hillary Clinton and halt her momentum.
— The Trump Magazine (@TheTrumpMagazin) October 11, 2016
— Deplorable Avg. Joe (@AverageJo44) October 11, 2016
But the truth was soon figured out — that Hillary Clinton hates using the phrase “everyday Americans” in her speeches and political material. The rest of the email made it clearer that John Podesta was speaking about the somewhat cliched phrase and not about Clinton’s supposed hatred of Americans.
“I think if she doesn’t say it once, people will notice and say we false started in Iowa,” he wrote.
Some of the media outlets soon figured out that Hillary Clinton hates that phrase “everyday Americans” rather than hating everyday Americans. InfoWars, which has never been shy about posting stories attacking Hillary Clinton that are based on flimsy evidence, pulled its story down entirely.
The story about Hillary Clinton’s hatred of “everyday Americans” appears to show the right-wing media’s desire for a bombshell against Clinton the way the Trump Tapes have taken down the GOP’s candidate. On Friday, the Washington Post published a video of Donald Trump talking to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about his dogged pursuit of women, including married women.
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In the video, Trump appeared to admit to sexually assaulting women he found attractive. The tape has done tremendous damage to Trump’s campaign, with Clinton moving into a double-digit lead in a series of polls released since it was first published.
Others have promised to release an October Surprise that would rock Clinton’s campaign in the same way. Conservative journalist and filmmaker James O’Keefe has promised a particularly damaging tape against Clinton, and on Tuesday revealed undercover video that appeared to show evidence of voter fraud in New York City.
The video, which was released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, showed New York City Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin on hidden camera appearing to admit to widespread fraud. He described campaigns that bus voters to various polling locations to vote, and criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s voter identification program.
“He gave out ID cards. De Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything. But, they didn’t vet people to see who they really are,” he said on the video. “Anybody can go in there and say I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card. It’s absurd. There’s a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud.”
James O’Keefe has promised more bombshells to come, including a release he described as an “atomic bomb” against Clinton’s campaign.
“This week we drop smaller bombs across the country,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Next week we drop atomic bombs.”
Whatever that “atomic bomb” may be, Hillary Clinton has apparently gotten over her hatred of “everyday Americans.” The Democratic candidate has used the phrase in some of her videos and literature since launching her campaign.
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