Does he want to win this election or doesn’t he?
On Wednesday, Sean Hannity aired an interview with Donald Trump in which the GOP candidate said that Americans should give Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation “the benefit of the doubt” regarding the money they have received from foreign countries.
The typically combative Trump was far less outraged by Clinton’s actions than the talk-show host. The exchange began with Hannity asking, “We know that gays and lesbians in Saudi Arabia can get the death penalty … would you ever take money from a country that treats gays, lesbians, Jews and Christians that way?”
Trump responded, “Well you don’t want to do that and if they knew about it that would be one thing and I assume they knew about it, bigly, but certainly they know about it now so maybe they can give the money back.”
Hannity countered, “Wait a minute, they knew about it, because that has been Saudi Arabia’s practice for years.”
Trump cautioned, “But you know what, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. They certainly knew —”
Hannity snapped, “You’re going to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt? I’m not.”
Trump said meekly, “You know what, you know what, they should give the money back.”
Trump’s reluctance to attack Clinton has been one of the true enigmas of the presidential campaign. Instead, in recent days he has concentrated his attacks on the media. Last Saturday, Trump told a rally in Fairfield, Connecticut, “I’m not running against Crooked Hillary. I’m running against the crooked media.”
“You know what, you know what, they should give the money back.”
Donald Trump, avoiding slamming Hillary Clinton
As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro has pointed out, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have received favors from Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia:
The Russians. Hillary essentially allowed the State Department to sign off on the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, taking over a Canadian uranium company with rights to remove uranium from American soil. The Russians, according to The New York Times, ended up with “one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” The Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from the chairman of the Canadian company, and Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.
The Saudis. According to IBTimes.com, the State Department signed off a delivery of $29 billion of fighter jet technology to the Saudis. As IBTimes reports, “In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.” Furthermore, the contractor making the planes, Boeing, gave $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation two months before the deal went through.
The Chinese. Going all the way back to the Clintons’ first White House tour, Chinese citizens funneled cash into the Democratic coffers, and so did the CEO of a missile technology company. In return, the Clintons worked to declassify missile technology secrets, which were use by the Chinese.
So just why is Trump reluctant to target Clinton for obvious malfeasance?