Ever since then-candidate Donald Trump jokingly invited Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, the left has characterized his obvious joke as a criminal act.
The question is, will the left hold Clinton accountable now that she has told her version of the same joke?
“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns? I’m sure our media would richly reward you,” Clinton said during a Wednesday interview with Rachel Maddow.
Clinton’s words parodied Trump’s original statement, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Clinton presumably made her offer in order to criticize what she sees as the Department of Justice giving Russia a free pass for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
But if Democrats accept this excuse, consistency demands that they also accept a more charitable interpretation of Trump’s remark, which is that it was a jab at the mainstream media for its purposeful failure to accurately cover the Clinton email scandal.
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