WASHINGTON, September 9, 2016 — With the U.S. presidential campaign in the post-Labor Day home stretch, Democrats are panicked that Hillary Clinton is not well ahead of Republican challenger Donald J. Trump in the polls.
High-ranking Democrats fear that the impending release by WikiLeaks of more damaging emails from Clinton’s time as Secretary of State may add to their candidate’s growing negative image.
In a letter dated Sept. 6, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi begged GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan to urge fellow Republicans not to use damaging information from Clinton’s hacked emails against her.
“Russia’s cyber-attack is an unprecedented assault on the sanctity of our democratic process. We must come together to say that defending our democracy from Russia’s meddling is more important than any advantage or disadvantage in this election,” wrote Pelosi.
But as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told the London Daily Mail, “Well there is no proof whatsoever [of Russian involvement]. We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
NSA whistleblower William Binney suggested to radio host Aaron Klein that emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton were likely leaked by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence underling (à la Edward Snowden) with access to the NSA’s massive data-mining archive, which likely contains the complete catalogue of Clinton’s deleted emails.
Worse still, talk of Clinton’s health issues—once a topic neatly relegated to conservative media—has begun making its way to the broader public thanks to a few mainstream media sources. Clinton campaign underlings are desperately trying to stamp it out.
NBC’s Andrew Rafferty observed that “Hillary Clinton struggled to fight back a coughing fit while campaigning in Cleveland, Ohio,” and “the frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks.”
According to The Hill, Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merril sought out Rafferty and told him, “Get a life.”
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau wondered via Twitter if America’s political press were “willing to defend the piece.”
Rafferty’s story comprised five short paragraphs.
Nancy Pelosi hopes “Never-Trump” Republicans join with Democrats and their handmaidens in the mainstream media to “present a united front in the face of Russia’s attempts to tamper with the will of the American people.”
A quarter century after the fall of the Soviet Union, Democrats trot out the ghost of a long-dead enemy in an effort to shield their horrendously flawed and very ill presidential candidate.