Clinton can’t seem to gain the public’s trust no matter how hard she attacks Trump. Do you think this will be enough to keep her from the oval office?
By Amie Parnes
Hillary Clinton has hit a rough patch at a critical time in the race for the White House.
A new batch of 14,900 emails found by the FBI is threatening to throw her off message, and the drip-drip release of emails will be something to contend with through Election Day.
The Democratic nominee’s campaign is also facing new questions about the Clinton Foundation after separate emails were released that showed a foundation official seeking time with Clinton for a donor.
Days later, The Associated Press ran a story, which the Clinton campaign has repeatedly attacked, detailing links between Clinton Foundation donors and meetings with former Secretary of State Clinton.
If that weren’t enough, a lingering GOP perjury threats looms over Brooklyn, as House Republicans have promised action this fall.
The string of negative headlines follows weeks of good news for Clinton.
A successful convention and repeated mistakes by Republican nominee Donald Trump have strengthened her standing as the favorite to be elected president.
A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday found her with a 10-point lead over Trump, and battleground state maps suggest she could win the presidency even if she loses the critical battleground states of Florida and Ohio, where polls show she is running neck-and-neck or ahead of Trump.
To an extent, it makes the bad headlines easier to accept, though Clinton allies are nonetheless worried the campaign could lose momentum after a rough week.
“Typical,” said one Clinton surrogate. “We have a good few weeks with the wind at our backs and then something unexpected comes out and shoots us in the foot.”
Clinton sought to pivot on Thursday with a speech that ripped Trump’s association with white nationalists. The speech raised links between the billionaire and the “alt-right” movement, and specifically hit Trump for re-tweeting white supremacist Twitter accounts.
“Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough,” Clinton said. “But what he’s doing here is more sinister. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.”
The new aggressive attack from Clinton comes after a solid week on the campaign trail for Trump, who is winning applause for a campaign reboot.
Since hiring a new campaign team, the real estate tycoon for the most part has stuck to the teleprompter and his talking points. Late last week, he even traveled to flood-ravaged Louisiana, putting Clinton and President Obama on the defensive.