Fournier: I Have Had High Level Clinton Staffers Literally Tell Me That "Trust Doesn't Matter"


Senior political analyst for National Journal, Ron Fournier, speaks about his recent opinion piece Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying on Tuesday's Morning Joe on MSNBC.

"Clinton’s advisers, senior Democrats, and members of the liberal media need to stop covering for Clinton. Stop repeating her spin. Stop spreading her lies. Stop enabling her worse angels. It’s too late for Clinton to come clean, but honorable Democrats should at least insist that she stop muddying the water," he wrote. "Please, for the sake of the country, tell her: Stop lying."

WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC : Do you think part of it, Ron, is she has assessed in this race that she's up against someone that she can safely hold the ball and not go into detail and not talk about what exactly she did because he's getting away with it against Donald Trump?

RON FOURNIER, NATIONAL JOURNAL: That is why, but I'm afraid she might be making a bad assessment, for two reasons. One, that's been their assessment from the beginning.

I literally have had senior officials (not on the record) on background a year ago, more than a year ago, saying that trust doesn't matter, that Bill Clinton won even though he was trusted less than the two people he ran against. What they don't realize is that the world has changed.

Now we understand that trust does matter. She could still win, even by continuing this parsing and this lying, but then she's going to be leading a country where two-thirds of the people don't trust her. And you can't transform our politics, or do half the things she wants to do if people don't trust her.

They're only worried about winning this news cycle and winning on election day. They are not thinking about what she is doing to undermine, not only her credibility, but the credibility of the whole political system and the Democratic Party.

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