There’s been much mocking of Hillary Clinton over the weekend as new information released by the FBI showed that the former Secretary of State allegedly didn’t know that the “C” on her emails stood for “confidential.” She told the FBI she thought that the letter had something to do with alphabetical order:
Clinton told the FBI she was "unaware of what the marking meant," had no clue the (C) meant confidential info: https://t.co/1bItThnKRp
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) September 2, 2016
That’s just not believable, as Donald Trump rightly pointed out on Twitter Sunday night — or tried to, at least:
Lyin' Hillary Clinton told the FBI that she did not know the "C" markings on documents stood for CLASSIFIED. How can this be happening?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2016
Actually, no. “CLASSIFIED” and “CONFIDENTIAL” are two different things:
It stands for "confidential." https://t.co/FgkElsSoOP
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 5, 2016
Nope. The C stands for CONFIDENTIAL. https://t.co/W5Vxe3V9Rc
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 5, 2016
(C) stands for CONFIDENTIAL. Confidential, Secret, Top Secret are levels of classification. DoD Directive 5200.01. https://t.co/j3jzMrIg5z
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) September 5, 2016
But here’s where it gets funny. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy weighed in on Trump’s C-word ignorance:
The level of ignorance continues to be absolutely stunning. The "C" in the emails DIDN'T stand for Classified. https://t.co/H0mVLi0SzF
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 5, 2016
OK, but which one is he talking about, Hillary or Trump? Because NEITHER of them knew what the “C” means. And if we’re judging on a curve, Trump was much closer:
Trump's a hell of a lot closer to the actual meaning than Hillary was, but you do you https://t.co/klaCZn9Upj
— The H2 (@TheH2) September 5, 2016
Senate for 8 years. SECSTATE for 4 years.
And she never heard anything about handling classified stuff
You a goof https://t.co/poEgzZ9VYB
— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) September 5, 2016
This guy still thinks the paragraphs were in alphabetical order. https://t.co/1LrA7JlE73
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) September 5, 2016
There’s another possibility, however. If Sen. Murphy thinks Hillary knew what the “C” stood for, that means she lied to the FBI:
@ChrisMurphyCT You do know that Hillary didn't know what it meant either, right? Or more likely, she did know but lied to the FBI?
— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) September 5, 2016
Yeah … Sen. Murphy really didn’t think this one through.