In January, Mediaite noted that during an appearance on the “Ellen” daytime TV show, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, Clinton – at the time not nearly assured of winning her party’s nomination and was being seriously challenged by her only real rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. – talked “selfies” and “game apps” in what was a very transparent attempt to win over millennials, most of whom were (and remained) solidly in Sanders’ camp.
As Mediaite reported:
The Hillary Clinton campaign for President of Cool Young People continued today with an appearance on Ellen. She spoke thoughtfully with host Ellen DeGeneres on the struggles of being a powerful women held to antiquated, gendered standards and about the importance of kindness, but moved quickly onto topics that are more on-brand for her campaign to win those sweet, sweet Millennial votes.
She touched on the selfie she took with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West in August, sharing that Kardashian-West’s phone has lights around it to create the perfect selfie lighting.
“It makes anybody look better!” she exclaimed. “I’ve been desperately looking for one of those with no luck, so if anybody knows where you can get one…”
No problem, Hillary – it’s a Lumee and you can get one here. Talk about out of touch…
Following that exchange Clinton talked game apps, and in particular a popular one called, “Heads Up.” If you don’t know what it is, it’s charades that you can download for 99 cents.
“This money suck is somehow very popular among Millennials, which makes it catnip to the Clinton campaign,” Mediaite noted.
The Guardian also noted Clinton’s pandering, here.
But presumptive GOP nominee Donald J. Trump isn’t impressed, and neither are tens of millions of Americans who are either lifelong Republican voters or who are completely turned off by her [alleged] lawlessness when it comes to a myriad of scandals, the most recent dealing with a private email server she never should have been using for government business as secretary of state.
In fact, in recent days, Trump – in dismissing her millennial appeal, tweeted her a simple, straightforward question: “How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up – and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?”
More than a few sycophantic Hillary supporters keep shrugging their shoulders and shouting, “Who cares!” But the fact is, they should care because what she did by deleting those emails was a violation of another federal law against public figures disposing of their communications (paper documents but also emails) because they are supposed to be archived and available for dissemination via Freedom of Information Act requests. In other words. The business conducted by our public officials is supposed to be preserved and then made accessible to the taxpayers who pay their salaries.
As reported by the Independent Journal, there were at least three laws Clinton may have broken, two of which have to do with her deleting those 33,000 emails: Mishandling classified information, a violation of intelligence statutes; and two laws having to do with preserving public records – the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Records Act of 2009.
On the latter, IJ reported that Section 1236.22 of the 2009 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requirements states that:
Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency record keeping system.
She may have violated the FOIA law by not following the statutes laid out in the Federal Records Act; if records are not preserved, then they cannot be located and presented to anyone who files a FOIA request (as some groups have done in requesting communiques about Benghazi, among other things).
Hillary may be feigning coolness in a bid to win over a bloc of voters who are far younger than she, but there are things that she may have done wrong that ought to be much more important to millennials.