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Mika: Clinton’s Email Defense ‘Dependent on People Not Being Smart’

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski argued that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s PR strategy regarding her emails “is basically dependent on people not being smart” on Monday.

Fellow co-host former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough stated, “The public relations campaign really has really depended on people listening to what the Clinton spinners are saying. never reading the newspaper, never, never paying attention to any of the news coverage over the past six months, and the ignoring of objective facts. Our friend Howard Dean yesterday was on a Sunday show, and it was unbelievable what he was saying, just none of it true.”

Brzezinski added, “[paraphrasing Dean] ‘She didn’t break rules, she didn’t break policy.’ I mean, this is a strategy that is basically dependent on people not being smart, which I think is really condescending.”

Earlier, Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann said, “the Clinton campaign last week engaged in a, self-described, relatively aggressive effort to try to address these issues. It’s the first time they’ve kind of done that in the course of a week from Secretary Clinton doing her press avail in Las Vegas, to various Clinton spokespeople going out and doing interviews. Brian Fallon in a video last week, they did a call at the end of the week, and I think that at the end of the week, they were in a worse place than they had been when they started the week.” And “So, the investigations proceed and the facts that come out of this Reuters thing is — I think again raises a lot of significant questions, they — Reuters basically saying any time a secretary of state has a conversation with a foreign leader, that becomes, and then wants to report back on a private conversation with a foreign leader, that’s automatically, according to the State Department, should be called classified. And they, apparently on the basis of their independent review of some of the emails that have become public, have seen a number of them that include that kind of information. So, the questions of substance being raised are overshadowing the efforts to try to beat it back, whether you call it spin or whatever. The public relations campaign is being superseded by the progress of the story in terms of actual fact.”

(h/t Mediaite)

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