Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the Fox News Channel, host Tucker Carlson took on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s claim Donald Trump had help from the Russians in their presidential election contest in a public appearance earlier in the day.
In that appearance, Clinton had suggested the Trump campaign had worked in cahoots with the Russians.
After playing a series of clips from Clinton’s appearance, Carlson laid out how the events would have had to have played out for Clinton to be correct.
Transcript as follows:
CARLSON: Hillary Clinton appears to be making a fashion statement by adopting the left’s trendiest new accessory – a tinfoil hat. While taking questions at a tech conference in California today, Clinton dismissed for scandal over her private email server as a nonissue of zero importance.
HILLARY CLINTON: My email account was turned into the biggest scandal, you know, since lord knows when.
This is the biggest nothing-burger ever. It was a mistake. I said it was a mistake. Obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place, but the way it was used was very damaging.
CARLSON: It meant nothing. It was totally irrelevant. Which does raise the question – if it didn’t mean anything, why did it hurt her campaign so much? She had an explanation for that, too. She said because the right-wingers in the media – The Washington Post, The New York Times, wouldn’t let it go.
CLINTON: I know you had Dean Baquet from The New York Times here yesterday, and they covered it like it was Pearl Harbor. And then in their endorsement of me, they said, this email thing, it’s like a help desk issue. So, it was always a hard issue to put to bed. But we put it to bed in July and then it rose up again.
CARLSON: OK, so, The New York Times is biased against Democrats? A novel defense, you say? Oh, but it got weirder from there. A lot weirder. Hillary went on to deliver a narrative so complex, you could barely follow it, but we did. She explained how Donald Trump and Russia teamed up to rob her of her rightful job as president of the United States.
CLINTON: How did they know what messages to deliver? Who told them? Who told them? Who were they coordinating with or colluding with?
There are all the stories about guys over in Macedonia who are running these fake news sites.
The Russians, in my opinion, and based on the intel and counterintel people I have talked to could not have known how be to best weaponize that information unless they had been guided.
MODERATOR: Guided by Americans?
CLINTON: Guided by Americans.
Within one hour — one hour — of the “Access Hollywood” tapes being leaked, within one hour, the Russians, let’s say WikiLeaks, same thing, dumped the John Podesta emails.
CARLSON: Oh, the Russians, but not just the Russians — the guys in Macedonia.
So, here’s what Hillary Clinton is asking for you to believe. Her campaign had no message or economic agenda or really any idea of what voters wanted in the last election.
But, that didn’t matter, none of it.
They were going to win anyway. It was guaranteed by God himself. Then at the last minute, the Trump campaign, which had half the money that Hillary had, almost no staff or institutional support from anybody, came up with a diabolical idea to reach out directly to the government of Vladimir Putin and his army of bloggers and hackers, and request emergency help.
Putin complied, course, because Trump was his puppet, perhaps even a secret agent of the Kremlin, working directly for him. What happens next is history, or as Hillary herself might put it, “her story”: Unnamed members of Trump’s campaign asked Russia to hack the DNC and the personal Gmail accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, having deduced this might be the best way to hurt her in the campaign.
The emails they exposed found a cozy relationship between the media on the Democratic Party. They showed that the Democratic primary process was rigged in Clinton’s favor.
They exposed Wall Street speech transcript that Clinton wanted to keep secret. The Trump people imagined all this would be enough to win, but not so.
In fact, Hillary explains today the emails Russia hacked were boring, and contained nothing of note – nothing worth knowing. So, to increase the potency of this scheme, the Trump campaign ordered Russia to manufacture something called “fake news” out of the emails and distribute them for their network of bogus news outlets, which by the way, they have. You probably didn’t know that.
Now, researchers at Stanford have actually discovered that the fake news Hillary refers to was seen by nobody and believed by even fewer people. But according to Hillary, it was enough in the end to bamboozle the sad and easily confused voters of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin into mistakenly voting for Donald Trump.
And by the way, she feels sorry for them for doing that. According to Hillary, the Trump campaign was so intimately tied to the vast Russian propaganda apparatus that they dictated the release of John Podesta’s emails down to the minute in order to achieve maximum effect.
They were apparently successful in this, even though according to Hillary, nothing bad was in the emails in the first place and it should’ve had no effect at all.
Is that diabolical enough for you?
Now, keep in mind that Hillary confidently asserted all of this today while providing precisely no evidence that any of it ever happened – a conspiracy so vast, she doesn’t need to prove it.
No matter how much you may dislike Hillary Clinton, and some of you may, it was a poignant performance to watch. You almost wanted to help her.
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