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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Taylor Gipple Not Only Upset Hillary Clinton But Also Chris Matthews
Really had to cringe when Hardball 's Chris Matthews acted appalled when Taylor Gipple at an Iowa town meeting told Hillary Clinton she does not appear to be getting the support of young people because people in his age bracket perceive her as being dishonest.
Matthews' hypocrisy about the encounter was a bit amazing. Matthews said that due to Gipple's age, the young man was "nervy" and showed no respect for Clinton's political stature or age with his comment / question.
Right or wrong, the Clintons' integrity became a topic when Bill Clinton became President.
Investigations by the Clintons in the Whitewater Corporation hinted at a cover up by the duo. And more recently, there continue to be questions about her role as Secretary of State in not preventing the fatal attacks on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya and utilizing a private email account to conduct government business.
The news media has reported extensively on those stated events, so Taylor Gipple's comment was fair as Clinton's integrity has been questioned by political opponents as well as the news media.
Matthews comments about Gipple were a bit disingenuous. He is always challenging mostly conservative politicians' moral scruples (as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Bridgegate) and enjoys posing gotcha questions or assembling a panel of like minded experts on his show to embarrass politicians or make disparaging comments about them.
Matthews is suggests that people questioning Clinton's trustworthiness are part of a major conspiracy and the only people who can question her ethics are people in the news media.
The question was appropriate and the young man had the guts to challenge Clinton's integrity to her face. Matthews was just sorry he did not have the opportunity to ask the question.