Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is giving his real opinion about Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal. Trump does not think Clinton should be running for president, instead, he believes she should be in jail. Trump made that comment at a rally in Norcross, Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Trump’s remarks come just as Clinton’s email scandal is expanding, and Clinton’s poll numbers are rapidly falling according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, Oct. 9.
Business mogul Trump in his grand style told the audience during his one-hour speech he thinks what Clinton did using a private email server as Secretary of State was criminal. Clinton’s scandal has grown besides just the server, the controversy also encompasses her behavior afterwards erasing her server, not handing over all her emails, and sending classified information through the server risking national security. There are were also her aides, who aided and abetted her actions.
The former Secretary of State’s behavior may have been criminal in additional to dishonest. Clinton abused her powers as Secretary of State, her closest aide worked for her personally as well as in the State Department, and she confided classified information with an outsider. To add to everything Clinton may have also perjured herself and she is facing investigation by the State Department, FBI, and both houses of Congresses.
The Republican frontrunner thinks Clinton should not be allowed to be a presidential candidate, telling the audience, “I mean, honestly, she shouldn’t be allowed to run. No, she shouldn’t be.” Trump thinks Clinton is getting away with everything she has done, and that is only because she is a Democrat.
Trump told the crowd if a Republican would have done the same think they would be sitting in jail. Trump said, “I can tell you this, if that were a Republican that did what she did with the emails, they would have been in jail 12 months ago. They would have been in jail. It’s a very unfair system. It is a very, very unfair system. But I’m telling you, if that were a Republican, it’s called jail time.”
MSNBC noted that since the New York Times first reported in March that Clinton used a private server Republicans have “questioned Clinton’s presidential qualifications.” Even before the server issue, questions surrounding the Benghazi, Libya terror attacks on Clinton’s watch as Secretary of State made Republicans criticize her abilities to lead the nation.
In September, Clinton apologized for using the server and told NBC News/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell “I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice.” Clinton has been trying to do damage control with her apology for using the private server and the scandal it caused and admitting it was “mistake” to use it. The apology was not enough to stop the continued investigations or changed the public’s perception of her.
Since Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy linked the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation to Clinton’s falling poll numbers, implying the committee is politicizing their probe, Clinton has been using his words against the whole party. The former Secretary of State has renewed her own attacks blaming Republicans for the scandals she is experiencing. This the same thing she and her husband former President Bill Clinton did when they were in the White House in the 1990s, and faced a slew of scandals and investigations, most notably, Whitewater, Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, and Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, accusations of perjury and finally an impeachment by the Republican House.
Clinton’s offense however, has not been able to curb her falling poll numbers, and they are in fact worse. According to the new national Reuters/Ipsos poll, Clinton is falling and fast. In a matter of five days, she lost 10 percent in the poll now hitting below the 50 percent mark with days left before the first Democratic primary debate. According to the poll, Clinton only has 41 percent support, and in the last poll from Oct. 4 she had 51 percent support. Both Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden are benefitting the most from Clinton’s fallout. Last week Sanders had 24 percent support now he has 28 percent. Biden who is on the verge of announcing his candidacy also jumped four points from 16 to 20 percent support.
Clinton hopes to redeem herself in the first debate on Oct. 13; she has been veering more to the left to capture some of Sanders’ support, but so far has been unsuccessful. When Biden joins the race, Clinton will face probably her worse nightmare. Biden is more electable than Clinton and routinely beats the Republican frontrunners in potential matchups, whereas Clinton has been lagging. Biden also takes away support from Clinton, specifically as they share the same support base. Donors and even unions are holding off waiting to endorse Biden when he runs. The continuing scandals and Biden’s entrance might spell the end of Clinton’s inevitability. Considering the Clintons’ history of scandals following them wherever they go, Trump may be right she should not even be running for president.