Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016. Badly. In the Electoral College count, the final tally was 304-227 in favor of President Donald Trump.
But she just won't go away. Worse, the mainstream media just won't stop covering every silly word that comes out of her mouth.
On Monday, Axios, a liberal online publication, headlined a story "Scoop: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes to stop them from hitting U.S." The "scoop" said Trump wanted to use nuclear bombs "to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States, according to sources who have heard the president's private remarks and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments."
It wasn't long before Clinton weighed in.
“We should not nuke hurricanes,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee wrote on Twitter.
Clinton's comment gave mainstream media more opportunity to run the Axios story, which has not a single named source or document to support the claim that Trump wanted to nuke hurricanes.
During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump said, "I got it. I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" according to one source who was there. "They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they're moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that?" the source added, paraphrasing the president's remarks.
Then Axios added this quote, again from the unnamed source: "The briefer 'was knocked back on his heels,' the source in the room added. 'You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, 'What the f---? What do we do with this?' "
Axios cites another source (unnamed, of course) saying at another time, Trump asked about bombing hurricanes to break up their rotation but didn't mention nukes that time.
Trump, in France attending the G7 summit, dismissed the story as "FAKE NEWS!"
“The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous,” Trump tweeted from the Group of Seven summit in France. “I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!”
In the article's final five paragraphs, the writers say "the notion that detonating a nuclear bomb over the eye of a hurricane could be used to counteract convection currents dates to the Eisenhower era, when it was floated by a government scientist."
They also note that detonating a nuclear bomb anywhere would be in violation of the terms of the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.