It looked like it would never happen, but the day has finally arrived. After three interviews and five days, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton finally apologized yesterday for mishandling classified emails on a private server.
Why the sudden reversal? Some Republicans think it’s simple – she’s not actually sorry, but was forced to say so out of desperation. As questions continue to arise over Clinton’s email use — and amid criticism that she was refusing to acknowledge a mistake — her poll numbers in the presidential race have been slipping fast.
Clinton’s late-arriving reversal came just 24 hours after she insisted in an interview with The Associated Press she didn’t need to apologize because “what I did was allowed.” That comment came after a sit-down with NBC News on Friday, in which Clinton said only that she was sorry if her actions had caused voters any confusion.
The apology evolution is the latest chapter for an issue that has dogged Clinton’s presidential campaign for months. Despite a big fundraising advantage and a slew of endorsements from party leaders, Clinton’s standing with voters has slipped — multiple polls show a majority of Americans don’t find her honest and trustworthy.
Clinton’s campaign offered no immediate explanation for why she suddenly changed her mind on an apology.
But Republican National Committee spokeswoman Allison Moore has an idea why. He suggested Tuesday that Clinton was only apologizing because “she got caught and is dropping in the polls.”
With an apology that was a long time coming now behind her, Clinton said Tuesday she has no doubt she can survive the email controversy.
“Of course I can,” she said.
More and more voters, however, seem to disagree.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Admitting a crime and apologizing does not remove either the crime or the burden of guilt. She deserves punitive action similar to that which was levied on PFC Manning and threatened against Edward Snowden. However, the accumulation of her repetitions is much more grievous than the “alleged” violations by Manning and Snowden.
Hillary thinks that she is better than everyone else and that she deserves to be president. She has been caught lying over and over again. My question is when will the American people wake up to the truth?
“Slick Britches” admits a mistake? Jail time starts when? How about the one which killed 4 peoples in Benghazi? Her inaction and lies to the families with loved ones killed needs to be put to rest. Admit you missed/slept through the meeting (none of your people had the guts to wake you) and why your no-action on sending in available help!