In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday night, former Senator, Secretary of State, and the 2016 Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton hypothetically asked China for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Secretary Clinton did so to demonstrate the severity of Trump publicly asking Russia for Clinton’s emails during a 2016 presidential debate.
Here is Hillary Clinton's hypothetical about a candidate calling on China to hack Trump's taxes, and why Republicans putting partisanship over national security is a dangerous thing. pic.twitter.com/AIjJYRiTfE
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 2, 2019
Clinton said to Maddow:
“Imagine, Rachel, that you had one of the Democratic nominees for 2020 on your show, and that person said…’since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don’t we ask China to back us?’…And not only that, but ‘China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns? I’m sure our media would richly reward you.'”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not a fan. While talking to reporters, Sanders criticized Clinton for her comments.
Sarah Sanders on Hillary Clinton's China comments: "Honestly I'm baffled by it and it's truly astonishing comments from Secretary Clinton."
— The Hill (@thehill) May 2, 2019
“I think it’s hypocrisy at its best,” Sanders said before repeating a false claim that the Obama administration took no steps against Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “Honestly, I’m baffled by it and it’s truly astonishing comments from Secretary Clinton.”
People immediately pointed out that Sanders’s boss literally did the hypothetical thing she clutched her pearls at Clinton for.
This is no different than Trump asking Russia for the emails.
— Jeff Mustonen📎 (@UWMoose) May 2, 2019
Hypocrisy? Again, the pot calling the kettle black. The WH Press Office is repeatedly diminished.
— Melissa Hoffman (@MissieB33) May 2, 2019
The lack of self awareness and shame is breathtaking.
— Katieinjc (@KatherineArabis) May 2, 2019
Poor Sarah. She has memory issues.
— Cairnsrule (@jmsebly) May 2, 2019
Not today, Sarah.