This is the Only Reason Why Some People Pretend to Care About Hillary Clinton’s Emails

As if the 2016 election hadn’t been enough of a circus thus far, on Sunday, things got even more interesting when FBI Director James Comey announced that they were sticking with their original decision to not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton. Their new “inquiry” concluded — just as they had back in July following their original year-long investigation — that nothing illegal had taken place in regards to Clinton’s use of a private server.

Naturally, this has enraged Donald Trump, Republicans and basically every anti-Clinton person in this country. The same FBI they spent over a week praising as “doing the right thing,” even though they were all lying about what Comey’s letter was actually referring to, were suddenly, once again, throwing a hissy fit because they didn’t get their way.

Nothing like spending over a week praising the FBI by claiming that they were doing something that they weren’t actually doing — only to then bash the very same FBI because the reality of what they were actually doing ultimately exposed your anti-Clinton fear-mongering as complete bullshit and they didn’t tell you what you wanted to hear.

Though when you get right down to it, there’s really only one reason why people are still trying to make this into a big deal: Because they don’t like Hillary Clinton and they were hoping this “scandal” would lead to her downfall. This is all nothing but fake “outrage.”

The truth is, practically nobody really cares about this — nobody. For the vast majority of the people claiming they do, these are the same people who wouldn’t care one bit if a candidate they supported did the exact same thing as Clinton.

This is a classic case of people being selective about what they find “important,” only because it’s something they feel they can use to attack a politician they oppose.

It’s the same thing we saw with Benghazi. There were several attacks on American embassies during Bush’s eight years in office, yet I didn’t see Republicans ordering several investigations and spending years investigating each and every single one of them. It wasn’t until one tragically occurred that they felt could be used to go after Clinton that they suddenly felt the need to spend years on “investigations.” Ultimately, they concluded what we already knew: There was fault at all levels (including even the late Ambassador Stevens) and the attack was likely unavoidable.

However, all these folks who probably couldn’t name a single place and/or victim from the roughly 20 embassy and consulate attacks where 87 people died during Bush’s eight years in the White House suddenly pretended to care about Benghazi — because they wanted to exploit this tragedy for their own petty, partisan agenda.

When the Bush administration “lost” 22 million emails, I don’t remember hearing calls from Republicans saying anyone should be sent to prison. For the most part it was a “nothing” story that got a fraction of the attention Clinton’s emails have received. Not only that, but if this email nonsense were really about “holding people accountable for mishandling classified information,” then why aren’t Republicans pushing the FBI to go after Colin Powell after hacked emails revealed him admitting that, at times when he was Secretary of State, he blatantly went around State Department protocols when dealing with emails and other communications?

For another great example of “fake outrage,” (or the lack thereof), look no further than Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. While many Republicans and his supporters have defended his decision to not release his returns like every other presidential candidate for the last 40 years has done, many proclaiming that they “don’t care” about what’s in his returns, I can gurantee everyone reading this that if the situations were reversed and it was Clinton refusing to release her tax returns, the reaction by Trump supporters and the GOP would be much… much different.

Or think about what they would be saying if Clinton’s campaign was being helped by a foreign organization using information that was illegally hacked by the Russian government in a blatant attempt to manipulate a U.S. presidential election — especially while she doubted our own intelligence agencies who’ve said Russia was behind it and repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin? They accuse her of treason now, I can’t even imagine what they would be saying if she was being helped by a foreign group via information obtained by Russian espionage against American politicians and political groups.

Not only has Trump been the sole beneficiary of Russia’s obvious attempt to manipulate a U.S. presidential election, but his former campaign manager abruptly resigned after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups that have been trying to undermine U.S. policies in Europe.

But, meh, who cares, right? Because… emails!

The truth is, for Republicans, the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s email server was never about a credible investigation aimed at determining the truth. This was about the GOP wanting the FBI to tell them what they wanted to hear and anything other than “Clinton is guilty and should be indicted” was never going to satisfy them.

They never cared about facts, truth or any of that. They want her to be guilty, therefore, in their minds, she’s “guilty” — period. It wouldn’t matter what the FBI said, what evidence it produced or how sound their argument was for concluding that there was no reason to charge her with any crime because that’s not what Republicans wanted the conclusion of the investigation to be.

When you get right down to it, all this “outrage” is pure fiction. The only reason why they’re acting like they care about any of this is because they want her to be guilty. They want to use this against her because it benefits their political agenda.

They. Don’t. Give. A. Damn. About. Her. Emails.

Trust me.

And it’s especially disgusting to see a bunch of people who support the most dishonest, crooked, vile and unethical presidential candidate in U.S. history having the gall to act holier-than-thou over freaking emails.

What an absolute joke.

To those folks, I’ll say this: When you support a self-admitted sexual predator who mocked a man with disabilities; belittled POWs; attacked Gold Star parents; lied about how much money he raised for veterans; called women fat; said a woman wasn’t attractive enough to sexually assault; lies about why he won’t release his tax returns; defends a dictator; and questions our own intelligence officials because they’re telling him that his good “buddy” Vladimir Putin is committing espionage against Americans — when you ignore all of that  — you lose any right to be taken seriously by pretending like you’re “outraged” about an email server someone used over four years ago.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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