Multiple online sources are reporting a claim that the former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton threw a "drunken and violent temper tantrum" upon learning that she had lost the 2016 election. According to various versions of the claim appearing online, Clinton became so "physically violent" on the night of November 8, 2016, after it became clear that she had lost the election that she had to be restrained.
Investigation reveals two major sources of the claim. The first was Emmett Tyrrell, editor-in-chief of the conservative blog the American Spectator in an article published on November 14.
The other source cited on multiple blogs was the alt-right Twitter provocateur Todd Kincannon, who claimed the information came from an unnamed CNN reporter.
Some mainstream sources, including the Toronto Sun, appeared to give credence to the rumor.
In a November 16 article, the Toronto Sun cited Emmett Tyrell, who, writing on the American Spectator, claimed that Secret Service "sources" told the blog that on the night of Tuesday, November 8, after Clinton realized that she had lost the presidential election, she flew into an uncontrollable rage, screaming obscenities at her staff, throwing things and banging on furniture.
Citing Kincannon on Twitter, Alex Jones' InfoWars claimed in a November 15 article that Clinton threw a drunken and violent temper tantrum upon learning that she had lost the November 8 presidential election to the Republican candidate Donald Trump. She allegedly became "physically violent" toward her staff and had to be restrained.
Kincannon claimed in a series of tweets posted on November 14 and 15 that he obtained the information from an unnamed CNN reporter who filed a report about Clinton's "psychotic drunken rage" that his editors refused to publish it.
However, Kincnannon apparently later took down the tweets after several blogs, including the Gateway Pundit, had reported it.
Your News Wire, a source of online rumors and conspiracy theories, also reported Kincannon's claim, adding new, wholly unsubstantiated details under the headline "Drunk Hillary Beat S**t Out Of Bill Clinton On Election Night."
CNN reporter tells me Hillary became physically violent towards Robby Mook and John Podesta around midnight; had to be briefly restrained.— The Kincannon Show (@kincannon_show) November 14, 2016But as Snopes noted, Kincannon is a notorious alt-right provocateur known for trolling behavior on Twitter.
She was. I posted about that too. She was in a 'psychotic drunken rage' according to my reporter friend. Doctor added sedatives to the mix. https://t.co/jZv376ydDM— The Kincannon Show (@kincannon_show) November 15, 2016
The CNN reporter didn't fail to report it. His editors will not let him. CNN has banned all 'Hillary in the bunker' stories. https://t.co/Iq7WlezU4i— The Kincannon Show (@kincannon_show) November 15, 2016
"This Super Bowl s**ks more d**k than adult Trayvon Martin would have for drug money," he once tweeted, according to Snopes.
Kincannon also controversially celebrated the recent death of PBS journalist Gwen Ifill.
"LOL Gwen Ifill just croaked. What a wonderful year!""It's sick comments like this that get into the hands of the liberals and make us all look bad. Is your heart that dark?" a Twitter follower responded to Kincannon in shock.
"I trigger liberals for fun and profit," he reportedly responded.
As Snopes observed, it was unclear if Kincannon's claim was another example of "triggering liberals for fun and profit" or whether he meant to be taken seriously. But the fact that he later took down the tweets could mean he had only been "triggering."
It is notable that some readers on Infowars also complained that the blog was publishing an unsubstantiated claim that originated from Kincannon.
"I hate Hillary as much as the next fellow, but do we really need to publish these completely unsubstantiated rumors? It makes the author and Infowars look... unhinged."
But despite the suggestion that the claim was "unhinged," the Daily Mail also reported on November 15 that according to sources, days before the election, after it became apparent to Clinton that she might lose, she engaged in a loud shouting match with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on the phone.
"I was with Bill in Little Rock when he had this shouting match with Hillary on the phone and she accused Comey for reviving the investigation into her use of a private email server and reversing her campaign's momentum," the source revealed to the Daily Mail.
"Bill didn't buy the excuse that Comey would cost Hillary the election," the source continued. "As far as he was concerned, all the blame belonged to [campaign manager Robby] Mook, [campaign chairman John] Podesta and Hillary because they displayed a tone-deaf attitude about the feeble economy and its impact on millions and millions of working-class voters."
Bill was so agitated during the hot exchange that he threw his phone off the roof of his luxurious penthouse in Arkansas, according to the Daily Mail's "source."
Breitbart also cited the American Spectator in an article published on November 15, saying that sources claimed Clinton screamed obscenities, threw objects, and terrified her staff when she realized she had lost.
Tyrrell reportedly told Breitbart, "In the '90s, we published several pieces that documented her throwing lamps and books. This happened pretty often. She has such a foul mouth that the Arkansas state troopers learned a thing or two from her. She has a foul mouth and a good throwing arm."
Scandalously florid accounts based largely on hearsay about Hillary Clinton throwing violent tantrums and "beating Bill Clinton black and blue" are a staple in political anti-Clinton blog circles. It is claimed that the former secretary of state has a long history of violent tantrums, dating back to her years as the First Lady of Arkansas.
Similar claims, focused on portraying Clinton's character negatively, were made in a recent book titled Crisis of Character by former Secret Service Agent Gary Byrne.Byrne claimed to have had the opportunity to observe Clinton's personality closely while he served as a security detail to President Bill Clinton. But the Association of Former Agents criticized Byrne's book, describing the allegations as politically motivated, Snopes reports.
Recently, several anti-Clinton political blogs carried unfounded rumors that Clinton threw a violent tantrum and a glass because she was upset about Matt Lauer's questions on NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" forum last September.
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