PBS Gently Lets Hillary Claim She Could Beat Trump...'Again'

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On Tuesday night, PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff performed the latest in a decades-long parade of puffball interviews with Hillary Clinton, going all the way back to the 1992 campaign. The only way Hillary gets a negative question is when the anchor reads a Trump tweet. But that's only because the questioner believes everything Trump tweets just sounds preposterous. 

Ben Graham at MRCTV had some fun with Hillary claiming she can beat Donald Trump "again." 

JUDY WOODRUFF: As all this is going on, President Trump continues to come after you in his speeches, in his tweets. You have been tough on him as well. I think you called him recently a corrupt human tornado.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yes.

WOODRUFF: Well, he's come back at you several times. In fact, he tweeted just this morning. And I'm going to quote. He said: "I think that crooked Hillary Clinton should try to enter the race to try and steal it away from uber-left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition: The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors, including how and why she deleted 33,000 e-mails." [This omits a few words.]

CLINTON: Yeah. You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me. But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my e-mails. We all know that. So he's either lying or delusional, or both.

There was no subpoena, as he says in a tweet this morning. So maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again.

Then Woodruff shifted to Turkey and the Kurds. No pushback. 

Earlier in the interview, Woodruff gently prodded Mrs. Clinton to offer her full support to impeaching and removing President Trump from the White House. 

JUDY WOODRUFF: You have said that the impeachment process should go forward. You have also said that you think what happened in that phone call, where President Trump was asking the leader of Ukraine, in effect, to investigate Joe Biden and his son, implicitly in return for receiving U.S. military aid — why not just go ahead and say whether or not you favor impeaching the president?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, because I served on an impeachment inquiry staff as a young lawyer back in 1974, I think it is really important to respect the process and to support the opening of the inquiry, which I do, and the gathering of evidence, and then the weighing of that evidence. From my perspective, it appears as though what the House is doing is very much in line with the appropriate use of the impeachment power. So, I — they don't want to jump to a conclusion.

It appears to me that there is evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress. But we do want the House impeachment inquiry to proceed in a way that tries to build credibility with the American people and also with Republican members of the House and the Senate.

WOODRUFF: Well, can you think of a non-impeachable interpretation or a benign interpretation of what that call was about?

CLINTON: No. No.

Woodruff also asked Hillary to explain how this is different than the Clinton impeachment. "This is a much more serious set of charges than anything that was ever put forward against Bill," Hillary said. "And I think the American people got that. This is a very different time."

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