Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton may think attacking the Republican presidential candidates field is going to take attention away from her ongoing email scandal, she is wrong. GOP candidates are making sure that the scandal remains in the forefront of the main campaign issues. Most recently, two GOP candidates low in the polls called Clinton a criminal and lawless in an indirect response to her calling the GOP terrorists on women’s issues last week, just as her poll numbers keep falling. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told ABC News on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 that he believes Clinton is close to “going to jail,” while also on Sunday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on Fox News calling Clinton “lawless” and “royalty.”
Jindal appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” where he spoke to host Martha Raddatz. Jindal implied Clinton is essentially a criminal for sending top-secret national security State Department information through her private email server. Jindal expressed, “With Hillary Clinton, it just seems to be one scandal after another. She’s literally one email away from going to jail.”
The GOP candidate jabbed about the emails being erased and the possibility that copies may be the hands of the country’s worst enemies, saying, “What I fear is that maybe we’ll have to go to the Chinese and the Russians to actually see her emails.” Jindal believes that Clinton is getting away with too much, and someone else would receive a harsher punishment, “What’s clear is this – if a private in the military had done what they’re accused of doing, there would be real consequences.”
The Louisiana Governor thinks the problem is that Clinton thinks she is above the law, and can do anything she wants and not face “any consequences.” Jindal relayed, “I think the real issue here is that she’s not above the law. She shouldn’t be above the law. There shouldn’t be a different set of rules for our elected leaders than for the rest of us.” Clinton believing she can get away with anything is the main issue according to Jindal, who said, “I think the bigger issue here, the bigger scandal here, is the fact that Hillary Clinton seems to think, ‘what difference does it make?’ I don’t think we should get distracted by others.”
Christie took a different route, blaming Clinton’s lawlessness with President Barack Obama’s administration, saying, “Unfortunately with the Obama administration, there has been lawlessness in this country. Apparently Hillary Clinton has caught this disease as well.” The New Jersey Governor appeared on Sunday, Aug. 30 on “Fox News Sunday” and spoke with host Chris Wallace. Christie also called Clinton arrogant, and that she has to be held accountable to the American public, “The worst part about this is her arrogance. You have to battle and fight questions from the press for the American people.”
Christie takes great offense to political dynasties, the Clintons, and Hillary’s inevitability to be the Democratic presidential nomination, saying that Clinton considers herself a “queen.” Christie noted, “This is not royalty in the United States. This is not a familial ascendancy.” For those living under a rock, Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton was the 42nd US president (1993-2001). Clinton herself, has been first lady, a New York Senator, a 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State.
Part of the of the accusations against her during her tenure as Secretary of State, was using a private server, erasing her emails, and blurring the lines between government and private, especially in regards to former President Clinton and his Clinton Foundation. Christie reminded the public why Clinton has done what she has, “She’s wiped away tens of thousands of emails that have relevant information because she feels entitled to do that.”
The two GOP candidates and governors are not far wrong in their assessments, the American feels the same, and in two recent polls, the public said they want a criminal probe on Clinton’s actions, and most associate her with the word liar. Clinton is in the midst of an investigation by the State Department, and the FBI and she just recently handed over her email server and a thumb drive to State Department investigators. The scandal will only heat up this fall, as Clinton appears to testify before Congress. It also appears that her closest aides now seem to be involved.
The scandal is talking a toll on Clinton’s campaign as her poll numbers fall in the latest Iowa poll. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is catching up to her now, within only 7 points of the once untouchable Clinton in the first state with a 2016-nominating contest. A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released on Saturday, Aug. 29 put Clinton at only 37 percent and Sanders at 30 percent support in Iowa.
It is a major fall for Clinton who in May led the same poll 57 percent to Sanders’ 16 percent. Meanwhile Vice President Joe Biden’s numbers have also increased as he ponders a presidential run, with 14 percent, up from his previous 8 percent support. These numbers are just part of a string of polls, where Clinton has seen her support falling, mostly because of her ongoing email scandal, although, still the frontrunner Clinton is no longer the inevitable Democratic nominee.