Monday afternoon, the day after Sunday night's second presidential debate, admitted serial molester Donald Trump appeared at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania rally and read a document from the latest Wikileaks document dump, as reported by Sputnik, a Russian-government controlled news outlet.
The document, Trump said, showed hard evidence that Hillary Clinton's friend, Sidney Blumenthal, believed that the Benghazi attacks were preventable and that the U.S. State Department and Hillary Clinton were partially to blame.
Here's what Trump said:
"Do you remember when Ambassador (Chris) Stevens in Benghazi was calling, and writing -- they were desperate for help. They say like 600 times, right? The only one she was speaking to is Sidney Blumenthal, who's a sleaze. He's a sleaze. In fact, Obama wanted her restricted (so) that she couldn't speak (to him). That's probably one of the reasons she wanted to have her private server, you know? Because she promised Obama that she wouldn't be talking to sleazy Sidney.
"So, Blumenthal writes a quote -- this just came out a little while ago. I have to tell you this. (Trump reads from paper.) ‘One important point has been universally acknowledged by the nine previous reports about Benghazi’ -- this is Sidney Blumenthal, the only one she was talking to. ...
" ‘The attack was almost certainly preventable’ -- Benghazi. ‘Clinton was in charge of the State Department, and it failed to protect the United States personnel and an American consulate in Libya’ -- he meant Benghazi. ‘If the GOP wants to raise that as a talking point against her, it is legitimate.’
"In other words, he is now admitting that they could have done something about Benghazi. This just came out a little while ago."
And the video (timecode 44:00 minutes):
So, basically, Trump reported to his impressionable and deeply misled fanboys that "Sleazy Sidney" served as Hillary's only adviser and that he thought the attacks could've been thwarted before or while they occurred.
First, it's another guilt by association accusation from Trump. If Blumenthal said it, it must be true, right? The same goes for Bill Clinton: if he cheated on Hillary by having sex with all those women, Hillary must be guilty, too. And if she's not guilty of that, she's guilty of bad-mouthing her husband's mistresses. Yeah, as if scorned wives have no justification for hammering their husbands' mistresses. What planet it Trump from and can we send him back there? Hell, I'm sure Mexico would help pay for that one.
Secondly, and most importantly, the Benghazi-centric content of the email wasn't written by Blumenthal. Trump is insanely wrong. The Russian news agency, Sputnik, got it wrong, too. The assessment of the Benghazi attacks was written by Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald, and Blumenthal was merely passing along the content of the article to John Podesta.
The Russians were quoting two sentences from a 10,000-word piece I wrote for Newsweek, which Blumenthal had emailed to Podesta. There was no mistaking that Blumenthal was citingNewsweek—the magazine’s name and citations for photographs appeared throughout the attached article. The Russians had carefully selected the “of course” paragraph, which mentions there were legitimate points of criticism regarding Clinton and Benghazi, all of which had been acknowledged in nine reports about the attack and by the former secretary of state herself. But that was hardly the point of the story, “Benghazi Biopsy: A Comprehensive Guide to One of America’s Worst Political Outrages.” The piece is about the obscene politicization of the assault that killed four Americans, and the article slammed the Republican Benghazi committee, which was engaged in a political show trial disguised as a congressional investigation—the 10th inquiry into the tragedy.
In other words, the Russian government, working in conjunction with Wikileaks, is now intentionally injecting misinformation into the American presidential election -- misinformation that's intentionally and exclusively damaging to Hillary Clinton. And Russia is quite obviously doing this to benefit the Trump campaign.
Oh, and in case you don't trust Eichenwald's reporting, here's Politifact's "False" assessment of what Trump said.
Furthermore, any garment rending, whether by Trump supporters or progressive nihilists who support Jill Stein, over Hillary's speech excerpt in which she discusses having both public and private positions, turned out to be exactly what Hillary said during the second debate. It was a discussion about President Lincoln's harrowing efforts to ratify the 13th Amendment, as dramatized in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. If you've seen the movie, you'd know that Lincoln and his advisers pulled whatever strings necessary to lobby and whip the votes for the amendment. Wonkette has the full text of Hillary's remarks vindicating her explanation.
But regarding the joint Trump/Russia outrage over the alleged Blumenthal remarks, it's quite obvious that Trump doesn't read critically -- or he knows the score, but deliberately misled his supporters who are too dumb and blinded by rage to understand or accept the full reality of the story. Worse, it ought to be abundant clear by now that Trump is the beneficiary if not a co-conspirator with Vladimir Putin to hijack the election.
Let's make sure they fail miserably.