Ellen to Hillary: ‘You Don’t Have to’ Answer E-Mail Questions, ‘They Have Not Found a Thing’

In a fawning “interview” with Hillary Clinton aired on Thursday that amounted to a campaign rally, liberal talk show host Ellen DeGeneres teed up the Democratic front-runner to brush the e-mail scandal aside: “Let's just get this out of the way. Let's talk about the emails...What?” Clinton replied: “I'm glad you asked. I used a personal email account. It was allowed by the State Department, but I should have used two different accounts. I made a mistake and I’m sorry for all the confusion that has ensued.”

Clinton added: “So I'm just, you know, I’m going to keep talking about it and answering questions.” DeGeneres assured her: “I actually don't think you need to. It's just that people keep bringing it up. They have not found a thing. They keep saying they’ve found something, but then we don’t hear anything about it. So they haven’t found anything.”

DeGeneres then blamed the entire scandal on sexism:

I personally think that, women, I know you’re not going to say this because you believe that there should not be a difference between women's rights and human rights, and I love that you say that because it should be just human rights. But I will say that I personally believe that women are held to a different standard than men. We are held to a different standard for our weight, for our age, for our looks, for everything.

She then endorsed Clinton for president: “Which is not fair because you are the smartest, most qualified person for this job. If I'm looking for someone who’s qualified – if I want to hire a plumber, I want someone who has snaked the drain before, you know what I’m saying.”

Clinton quipped: “Yeah, I do. I've snaked a few.”

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DeGeneres continued her sycophantic cheerleading: “I want someone who is qualified and I feel like when you’re talking about, if I look at all the other candidates, someone who is for rights across the board – equal rights for women, equal rights for every ethnicity, equal rights for everyone – it is – the only person I can look at is you.”

Clinton thanked DeGeneres for the adulation amid cheers and applause. The former Secretary of State then proclaimed: “I’m not asking people to vote for me because I’m a woman, but I think if you vote for somebody on the merits, one of my merits is I’m a woman.”

Later in the exchange, DeGeneres noted: “The one thing that people are saying also...that if you are elected you would be one of the oldest presidents elected which – does that matter? Don’t we want experience more than anything? Isn’t that important?”

Clinton joked: “Well, I think it’s very important. The way I look at it is I would be the youngest woman ever elected President of the United States.”

DeGeneres wrapped up the segment by giving Clinton a chance to bash the GOP: “There’s another Republican debate coming up, do you watch them? Do you listen to what they’re saying? And what do you – do you care when you get attacked?”

Clinton ranted:

I find it sort of sad. I find that the last debate, it just showed that, to me anyway, they were out of touch and out of date. A lot of the things that they said were really, I thought, unnecessary and the way they talked about people. I'm hoping that it will sort of settle down to become a more serious discussion about what they're actually going to do for the country and not just throw out ideas and never put any real backing behind them. So I'm waiting and hoping that that’s going to be the next phase. Maybe in this next debate.

Despite being a complete shill for Clinton the entire time, midway through the sit-down, DeGeneres laughably announced:

I want to say, I am not a political person. I don’t like politics, I don’t understand politics. What I am is a human being who wants everyone to have equal rights. And I hate the “us and them.” I don’t like that someone is a Republican, so they’re bad. They’re a Democrat, so they’re bad. I want inclusive. I don’t want exclusive, I want everyone to get along, I want everyone to want a common goal of a better country and to not piss off anymore countries. I want us all to be loved. I want us to be happy.

Clinton declared: “The happiness agenda!” Her and DeGeneres then high-fived, with DeGeneres adding: “Happiness and I want peace! Across the world.”

In January, DeGeneres professed to her audience: “I don’t have agenda.”

As far as Clinton being the “inclusive” candidate, on August 27, the Democrat labeled pro-life Republicans “terrorists.”

Here are excerpts of DeGeneres’s interview with Clinton aired on September 10:

ELLEN DEGENERES: Our next guest could be the first woman to be elected President of the United States. Please welcome Hillary Clinton!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

(...)

DEGENERES: Let's just get this out of the way. Let's talk about the emails.

CLINTON: Okay.

DEGENERES: Okay. What?

CLINTON: What? Well, I want people to understand this, so I'm glad you asked. I used a personal email account. It was allowed by the State Department, but I should have used two different accounts. I made a mistake and I’m sorry for all the confusion that has ensued. I take responsibility for that, but I'm now trying to be as transparent as not just I can but anybody ever has been. So, 55,000 pages have been turned over to be released and then we've got the server and then we’ve got me testifying before Congress. So I'm just, you know, I’m going to keep talking about it and answering questions.

DEGENERES: Well, I mean, I actually don't think you need to. It's just that people keep bringing it up. They have not found a thing. They keep saying they’ve found something, but then we don’t hear anything about it. So they haven’t found anything.

I personally think that, women, I know you’re not going to say this because you believe that there should not be a difference between women's rights and human rights, and I love that you say that because it should be just human rights.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

But I will say that I personally believe that women are held to a different standard than men. We are held to a different standard for our weight, for our age, for our looks, for everything.

[APPLAUSE]

Which is not fair because you are the smartest, most qualified person for this job. If I'm looking for someone who’s qualified – if I want to hire a plumber, I want someone who has snaked the drain before, you know what I’m saying. I think you know what I'm saying.

CLINTON: Yeah, I do. I've snaked a few.

DEGENERES: I want someone who is qualified and I feel like when you’re talking about, if I look at all the other candidates, someone who is for rights across the board – equal rights for women, equal rights for every ethnicity, equal rights for everyone – it is – the only person I can look at is you.

CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you, Ellen.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

(...)

CLINTON: You know, look, I’m not asking people to vote for me because I’m a woman, but I think if you vote for somebody on the merits, one of my merits is I’m a woman. And I think that makes a big difference in today’s world.

DEGENERES: But I do. And I think a lot of women, we’re so conditioned for so long to be less than, to be – and I just want to read a couple things that – because I was looking at this and it’s just unbelievable to me. It wasn’t until 1920, when the 19th Amendment passed, that women were allowed to vote. 1920 – we couldn’t vote until then. Women weren’t allowed to serve in the military until 1948, not allowed into combat until 2013. It wasn’t until 1973 that a woman could serve on juries. A woman could not have her own credit card until 1974.

(...)

DEGENERES: I want to say, I am not a political person. I don’t like politics, I don’t understand politics. What I am is a human being who wants everyone to have equal rights. And I hate the “us and them.” I don’t like that someone is a Republican, so they’re bad. They’re a Democrat, so they’re bad. I want inclusive.

CLINTON: Exactly.

DEGENERES: I don’t want exclusive, I want everyone to get along, I want everyone to want a common goal of a better country and to not piss off anymore countries. I want us all to be loved.

CLINTON: Yeah, yeah.  

DEGENERES: I want us to be happy.

CLINTON: The happiness agenda!

[CLINTON AND DEGENERES HIGH-FIVE]

DEGENERES: Happiness and I want peace! Across the world.

(...)

DEGENERES: The one thing that people are saying also – because I want to give you a chance to talk about things that are important to you, that you want to discuss – but they’re saying that if you are elected you would be one of the oldest presidents elected which – does that matter? Don’t we want experience more than anything? Isn’t that important?

CLINTON: Well, I think it’s very important. The way I look at it is I would be the youngest woman ever elected President of the United States.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

DEGENERES: There’s another Republican debate coming up, do you watch them? Do you listen to what they’re saying? And what do you – do you care when you get attacked? Those are all my questions.

CLINTON: Yes, well, I may not be able to watch it in real time, but I will get around to being able to watch it. And I find – well, I’ll just say it – I find it sort of sad. I find that the last debate, it just showed that, to me anyway, they were out of touch and out of date. A lot of the things that they said were really, I thought, unnecessary and the way they talked about people. I'm hoping that it will sort of settle down to become a more serious discussion about what they're actually going to do for the country and not just throw out ideas and never put any real backing behind them. So I'm waiting and hoping that that’s going to be the next phase. Maybe in this next debate.

[APPLAUSE]

(...)


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