Trump falsely claims Clinton said she ‘short circuited’
After the false claim that Hillary Clinton said she’s raise taxes on the middle class, Trump is continuing with another lie about what she said.
During an appearance before black and Hispanic journalists, Clinton answered a question about remarks that she had made about the FBI’s statements on her controversial email set-up as secretary of state — statements that earned Four Pinocchios and and a Recidivism Watch. During an interview on Fox News, Clinton had claimed that FBI Director James Comey had said her answers to the public “were truthful,” when, in fact, he had only said that there was no evidence she had lied to the FBI; he took no position on her public statements.
Clinton explained that she was trying to say that her answers to the FBI were consistent with what she has said in public but had conflated the two thoughts to wrongly suggest that Comey had vouched for her public statements.
In this case, you don’t need a computer program to hear the word “it.”
The “it” is clearly there, though somewhat obscured because the previous word ended with “-ed.” Indeed, the ASC Services LLC transcription service clearly heard an “it” as well and rendered her comment this way: “So I may have short-circuited it.”
… Contrary to the narrative spun by the Trump campaign, Clinton did not say she herself “short-circuited.” She merely said she short-circuited her answer on Fox News — an answer that, after all, earned her Four Pinocchios. Her statements on the email issue certainly are worthy of scrutiny, but mischaracterizing her comments in this manner is simply wrong.