According to View co-host Nicolle Wallace, supposedly the "conservative" voice on the show, members of the media "hate" Hillary Clinton more than Republicans do. On Wednesday, Wallace offered this bewildering analysis of the likely 2016 Democratic candidate: "The media, they hate her the most, okay? More than my party. They hate her."
This prompted laughter from the studio audience. Wallace continued, "They have Clinton PTSD from the last Clinton presidency. They are done with her." Wallace has been all over the map when it comes to Clinton, as well as this scandal. On October 23, 2014, the former Republican operative endorsed her presidential run, saying, "I'm a huge fan."
On March 5, 2015, Wallace appeared on Morning Joe and predicted of the scandal: "...We're going to talk about it and then they're all going to get turned over and it's going to be a bunch of wedding stuff."
On March 8, the View co-host appeared on This Week and dismissed the controversy as a "media problem."
By Wednesday, she had pivoted again. In addition to the assessment that journalists "hate" Clinton, she chided the ex-Secretary of State:
NICOLLE WALLACE: Now, what she did yesterday was give ammunition to the Republicans investigating Benghazi by pointing to a smoking gun. She said I deleted 30,000 e-mails. Nobody, no athlete, no politician gets to be their own judge and juror.
A partial transcript of the March 11 segment is below:
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Hillary Clinton spoke out yesterday for the first time about using her personal e-mail account for business while she was secretary of state, and here's her explanation. Take a look.
GARCELLE BEAUVAIS: She definitely broke the rules. And I love Hillary. I love her, but she broke them.
MARY J. BLIGE: No one in her camp caught this on beforehand? Nobody?
NICOLLE WALLACE: She wasn't just e-mailing her camp. She was e-mailing the President, too. Let me just say: You have three groups watching what she did yesterday. Her base of support, the Democratic Party, she has about 70, 80 percent approval rating. They're all "I don't like carrying lots of stuff either, no problem." Okay? So they're fine. The media, they hate her the most, okay? More than my party. They hate her. [Audience laughs.] And even the most respected journalists said, you know, "Oh, the Clintonian penchant for secrecy is back." They have Clinton PTSD from the last Clinton presidency. They are done with her. Now, what she did yesterday was give ammunition to the Republicans investigating Benghazi by pointing to a smoking gun. She said I deleted 30,000 e-mails. Nobody, no athlete, no politician gets to be their own judge and juror.
WALLACE: She of all politicians knew better, and that's what's making people's heads explode.
BEAUVAIS: They should have an independent person take those 60,000 e-mails and decide what is personal and what isn't.
WALLACE: And that is the Republican suggestion.
GOLDBERG: But here's the problem -- here's the problem with it. Here's the problem with it. You cannot ever know who's got your -- I mean, you know, we've seen it in our lives. You send an e-mail to somebody and suddenly it ends up in a newspaper or in a magazine.