Hillary meanwhile. Um. Unh. Oh let's see, her lawyers suppressed testimony in one of the ongoing probes of her many, many scandals. It's what she does.
And Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Clinton-friendly Brookings Institution, says her strategy is fine, fine, fine:
“Unlike Trump, she understands the risks of off-the-cuff statements that can come back and haunt you. She wants to make sure she doesn't make mistakes that will give her opponents ammunition against her.”It also gives the public zero reason to like her.
He fights. She dodges.
From the Washington Times:
Hillary Clinton is 0-for-2016, having failed to hold any full press conferences this year — fueling the perception that she is the most guarded major candidate in recent political history, in stark contrast with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Mr. Trump has held at least four full, formal press conferences this year, including one Tuesday, and has fielded questions at length from the flock of reporters covering his campaign on numerous occasions.
Mrs. Clinton took questions from the press traveling with her campaign once, in Minnesota in March, but hasn't held an organized press conference in six months.
“She tries to control media by rationing access. He tries to control media by setting its agenda with provocative posts and tweets that are then the focus of freely given interviews,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in political communication.
Mrs. Clinton on Tuesday acknowledged that she hasn’t held a press conference in nearly six months but promised that she would conduct one soon. She boasted that she has sat down for nearly 300 arranged interviews this year.
Mr. Trump, who has referred to the press as “scum” and “sleaze,” has shown a surprising willingness to answer questions in a press conference setting. He even holds press conferences almost solely to berate the reporters who cover him.She controls the press by not getting any coverage.
He controls the press by getting all the coverage.
He's Reagan, she's Mondale. I would rather be him than her right now.