Saturday, October 29, 2016

F.B.I.'s Announcement Re-Frames Election as Referendum on Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

As well it should.

At USA Today, "Trump sees opportunity in Clinton emails":

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton's presidential bid takes a heavy blow, and Donald Trump sees a big opportunity.

The stunning statement by FBI Director James Comey that agents are reviewing newly discovered Clinton emails rocked the presidential race this weekend, though analysts said it will be a few days before the campaigns know whether actual voters are being changed.

Certainly Trump sees the probe as an election-changing event, telling supporters in New Hampshire that "Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before," and voters should "not let her take her criminal scheme" to the White House.

"This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate and I'm sure that it will be properly handled from this point forward," Trump said Friday night during a rally in Lisbon, Maine.

Clinton and her aides, who are demanding that the FBI release more information about its review, said voters have already made up their minds about her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

"I think that's factored into what people think," Clinton told reporters in Des Moines, "and now they're choosing a president."

At first glance, it appears the new FBI development will benefit Trump, who trails Clinton in most national and swing-state polls, analysts said – maybe not by changing peoples' minds, but by prompting equivocal voters to back the New York businessman.

"It re-frames the election as a referendum on Clinton and all the baggage she brings into office with her," said Republican consultant Bruce Haynes, founding partner of Washington-based Purple Strategies. "It puts the spotlight squarely back on her, all her faults and all the truckloads of baggage she brings."

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