Hillary Clinton, speaking to reporters Tuesday, said Donald Trump "clearly has something to hide" in his tax returns, adding that the GOP presidential nominee is "dead wrong" that Americans don't care about seeing what's in them before voting in November.
"The burden is on him, and indeed for the rest of us in the campaign on our side, the press, the public, to demand what a big majority of the public says they want," Clinton told reporters aboard her new campaign plane. She also said Trump is hiding something and we “are getting better guesses about what it probably is.” The Democratic presidential nominee cited a New York Times report that Trump owes $650 million to foreign banks and entities.
She also blasted her opponent over Trump University, which she said is being sued because "of the way it has scammed so many students." Clinton referenced reports that Trump's charitable foundation had contributed to a group supporting the campaign of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as she was deciding whether to investigate allegations of fraud against the university, which she ultimately opted against.
Clinton hit Trump for what she called “the scams, the frauds, the questionable relationships, the business activities that have stiffed workers" in the session with reporters ahead of a campaign rally in Florida.
The appearance marked the second day in a row Clinton wandered to the back of her plane to talk with journalists traveling aboard her plane. Clinton has come under assault from Republicans for shunning the national press corps that travels with her, although the campaign points to hundreds of interviews the candidate has granted.
A Press conference is when all the Press are invited to ask questions of Hillary in an uncontrolled situation
1) Everything, no matter how ludicrous-sounding, is worthy of a full investigation by federal agencies, Congress, the "vast right-wing conspiracy," and mainstream media outlets.
2) Every allegation, no matter how ludicrous, is believable until it can be proven completely and utterly false. And even then, it keeps a life of its own in the conservative media world.
3) The media assumes that Clinton is acting in bad faith until there's hard evidence otherwise.
4) Everything is newsworthy because the Clintons are the equivalent of America's royal family
5) Everything she does is fake and calculated for maximum political benefit
One of my former colleagues, a hard-nosed reporter who has put countless political pelts on his wall, once told me that everyone in public life has something to hide. Who goes down in the flames of scandal? The politicians we decide to go after.
That may not be 100 percent true, but it's true enough. The act of choosing, time and again, to go after the same person has the effect of tainting that person, even when an investigation or reporting turns up nothing nefarious — and it's time not spent digging into his or her adversaries. The original source of alleged malfeasance could come from the other party, within a politician's party, or from the reporter's own observations and industrious digging. But two things are crystal clear: If there's no investigation, there's no scandal. And if there's no scandal, there's no scalp.
In touring the country to promote our book in 2014, my co-author and I were repeatedly lobbied to assert that Clinton is a lesbian. One gentleman pushed the issue during a Q&A at a Barnes and Noble on the Upper West Side of Manhattan — one of the few places you might expect that kind of thing to get a rest.
The National Enquirer published a story in April alleging that Clinton wiped her personal email server clean because it contained references to her lesbian lovers.
Meanwhile, the conservative media are also convinced Clinton is preparing to wage a war on Christianity if she wins the presidency. But one thing revealed in her State Department emails is that Clinton shared daily religious reflections with her friends.
It's not just the out-of-the-box allegations that keep the media machine spun up. A year before Chelsea Clinton got married, Clinton staffers were kept busy by mainstream journalists who were absolutely sure she had already gone through with secret nuptials.
A Press conference is when all the Press are invited to ask questions of Hillary in an uncontrolled situation where she is forced to answer those questions not on her terms but I'm the terms of the reporters asking them.
The Salient point of this thread is Hillary... not Trump but Hillary's reluctance to have a proper news conference... Contouring with, "Well, mommy Trump does it to." Is not a cogent argument.
I'm actually at my job...your tax $ at work
the Press is nervous and tense about asking Hillary questions.