The same Republican Party that lied the country into invading Iraq wants the American people to believe that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the dubious Republican argument against Clinton on CBS’s Face The Nation.
SCHIEFFER: Well, thank you so much.
You know, we showed a little clip of the latest Republican ad and you went right after Hillary Clinton even before she announced.
Is there a concern that you might, you know, that it might backfire here and make her, you know, people sympathetic to her with all of this starting so soon?
PRIEBUS: I don’t think so, I mean, she has kind of portrayed this air of inevitability. I think if you look at the facts of the case, which is where I really would like to stay as chairman of the party, you know, if you look at the facts of the scandal that surrounds her, you look at the facts of the recent polling, where a majority of people in battleground states say that she is untrustworthy, when you look at the fact she has 100 percent name recognition —
SCHIEFFER: A majority —
PRIEBUS: — majority of the people polled, in Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, said she is untrustworthy.
When you took — you take the fact that she has 100 percent name ID, this is an important fact for people to understand. She has pure saturation.
But yet she is losing to a number of our candidates in those battleground states that have a third of her name ID. So if you were me and you were chairman of the national party and you had someone on the ticket that would unite your party, would help you raise a lot of money and help you recruit a ton of volunteers, you would want nothing more than Hillary Clinton to be on the other side.
Republicans arguing that Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy is difficult to stomach when it was the last Republican president and his party who lied the entire country into invading Iraq. The Republican argument that Clinton’s statements about her emails matter more than their party’s statement’s about Iraq is impossible to believe.
The party that brought you weapons of mass destruction is claiming that Hillary Clinton’s email server disqualifies her as a credible presidential candidate. The American people trusted the Republican Party with the economy and they destroyed it. Voters trusted Republicans with national security and the result was 9/11 and the Iraq war. Republicans were so incompetent that they could not even be trusted to handle hurricane and disaster relief.
Republicans have a long a recent record that voters would be right not to trust.
If the 2016 election comes down to a matter of trust, expect Hillary Clinton to win big in November.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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