Fournier: People Still Don’t Trust the Clintons

August 2, 2016

Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for the National Journal, went on Morning Joe Tuesday to discuss his article in the Atlantic titled, "Why Can’t Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?"

MSNBC co-host Willie Geist asked Fournier whether he thought Clinton had assessed that she could get away with not detailing what she did with her emails and providing specifics because she was running against Donald Trump. Fournier said Geist’s assessment was correct and then criticized Clinton’s miscalculation.

"We now see that trust does matter. She could still win, even by continuing this parsing and this lying, but then she’s going to be leading a country where two-thirds of the people don’t trust her," Fournier responded.

Fournier said the shortsightedness of Clinton’s campaign will affect the credibility of the country’s political system and the Democratic Party.

"They’re only worried about winning this news cycle. They’re only worried about winning on election day. They’re not thinking about what they’re doing to undermine, not just her credibility but credibility in our political system and the Democratic Party" Fournier said.

Fournier, who wrote in his article that he would support Clinton over Trump, penned the piece because of Clinton’s comments on Sunday morning with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, when she was asked about FBI Director Jim Comey saying her comments regarding her email scandal were not truthful.

"Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails," Clinton told Wallace.

A media firestorm occurred over the last couple days as Clinton operatives went on air to defend Clinton’s comments about Comey and her email practices.

Fournier wrote in his article that he believed these operatives and the liberal media were doing a disservice to Clinton’s campaign by covering for her.

"That is why Clinton’s advisers, senior Democrats, and members of the liberal media need to stop covering for Clinton. Stop repeating her spin. Stop spreading her lies. Stop enabling her worse angels," Fournier wrote.

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave Clinton "Four Pinocchios" on Sunday for her answer that what Comey said proved she was "truthful" in her answers on the email scandal, meaning her comments were false.