July 28, 2016

Congressman Castro Ignored Reality To Push Clinton’s Email Narrative

One of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s most famous aphorisms is you’re entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. In May, Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) tried to make his own facts. Speaking on CNN, Castro erroneously claimed that the Department of Justice had already “cleared” Clinton for her use of a private email server as Secretary of State:

“‘It’s been settled by the Congress,’ Castro said, talking nonsensically. ‘You know, the Congress has looked into it, the Justice Department has looked into it, and they’ve cleared her.’” 

Obviously this could not have been more false. While Clinton hasn’t been charged with a crime, she hasn’t been “cleared” by anyone from the FBI to the court of public opinion. FBI Director James Comey’s recent remarks showed that Clinton lied repeatedly to the American people about her email use. Comey’s assertion that Clinton was “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” is no one’s definition of “cleared.” Unlike Castro, a majority of the American people believe Clinton should have been charged with a crime. Finally, Clinton’s untrustworthy numbers have spiked in the wake of Comey’s comments, underscoring how ridiculous Castro’s comment truly was.