Thursday, 20 October 2016 Written by C. Mitchell Shaw at The New American
In the third — and final — presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump which was aired live Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton was — at long last — asked about the WikiLeaks disclosures over the past few weeks. In particular, Chris Wallace of Fox News, who moderated the debate, asked Clinton about comments she made to Banco Itaú about her “dream” of “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.”
The question came during a segment on immigration and borders. After each candidate had answered the question of “why are you right and your opponent wrong” on immigration and border security, Wallace asked Clinton, “Secretary Clinton, I want to clear up your position on this issue because in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank for which you were paid $225,000 we’ve learned from the Wikileaks that you said this and I want to quote, ‘my dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.’” After an interruption from both Trump and the audience, Wallace continued, “So that’s the question. Please, quiet, everybody. Is that your dream, open borders?”
While Trump is known for interrupting in these debates and the audience had been asked to remain silent during the debate, the reaction (Trump thanked Wallace for asking the question and the audience actually gasped) is understandable in this case. As The New American pointed out in previous reports, the video of Donald Trump’s predatory remarks about women and the WikiLeaks disclosures about Clinton’s speech transcripts (along with a trove of other damning evidence of her corruption) were made public on the same day, just before the second debate. That debate was dominated by the Trump video while Clinton was asked exactly zero questions about the WikiLeaks documents. It was momentous that Wallace asked the question and both Trump and the audience reasonably showed their surprise.
Clinton, as is her special gift, immediately obfuscated, dodged, and deflected. She answered:
Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy. You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined. And I do want us to have an electric grid, energy system that crosses borders. I think that would be a great benefit to us.
But you are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks and what’s really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions, then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.
This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly from Putin himself, in an effort — as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed — to influence our election. So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is finally will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans which he actually encouraged in the past?
Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.
Trump referred to Clinton’s evasive non-answer as “a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders” and asked, “How did we get off to Putin?” read more here
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