It was embarrassing in 2016 when, confronted with the question of whether she’d wiped her email servers clean before turning them over to the State Department, Hillary Clinton answered, “What? Like, with a cloth?” But it’s more embarrassing, three years later, for Clinton to still not understand why it was a big deal for her to have kept a private email server in the basement of her New York home. For her to still not “get it” after all this time shows one of two things: She is either so blindingly arrogant that she cannot admit to a mistake, or her mind is so decrepit and slow that she literally cannot learn new information.
And, say what you will, Hillary Clinton isn’t stupid. So that leaves us with arrogance.
Now, maybe it’s the arrogance of refusing to acknowledge – even internally – that she made a series of grievous national security errors. Or, maybe it’s the arrogance of thinking the American people are so stupid that they will buy into this “I’m so innocent” routine. Either way, it’s unseemly and, yes, embarrassing. The emperor wears no clothing, and no one in her circle of friends appears willing to tell her.
So it was on Wednesday that Clinton visited an art exhibit in Italy where a replica of the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk is stacked with 60,000 pages of emails that have been publicly released from her old server. Created by artist Kenneth Goldsmith, the exhibit is either intended to show that Clinton was robbed of her rightful place as president or to prove that modern art has fallen a long way from the days of the old masters. It certainly succeeds more at the latter than the former.
Clinton reportedly spent about an hour at the exhibit, rifling through her old emails and posing for photographs.
The exhibit, she told the press, “is further proof that nothing wrong or controversial can be found on these emails.”
“It makes them accessible to everyone and allows everyone to read them,” she said. “They are just a bunch of boring emails.”
Yes, no one ever doubted the boring-ness of the available emails. What we do wonder about, however, are the 30,000 emails you and your staff erased from the servers before turning them over to federal officials. We wonder about those quite a bit, and we notice they are not a part of this art exhibit.
But, if pretending to sit in the Oval Office is how Hillary Clinton gets her kicks these days, she probably deserves more pity than scorn. It’s a shame we’re fresh out.