Donald Trump has become rather infamous at this point for making wildly unsubstantiated claims about his political opponents. Without any evidence to suggest that Ted Cruz had lied about anything, he referred to the Texas Senator and former Republican primary opponent as Lyin’ Ted, which, albeit ridiculously, led many Trump supporters to dismiss all of Cruz’s credibility under the premise that he was a liar and not even consider the fact that he was significantly more qualified to run the country than Trump. Now that Trump has secured the Republican nomination, pundits aren’t allowing him to get away with such absurd claims. Reporters are calling out Trump for making unsubstantiated comments about his opponents and forcing him to cite sources other than “his people.” With this, Trump has been forced into a political corner and recently admitted that many of his remarks about former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are not actually backed by evidence.
Speaking with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump was forced to defend claims that Hillary’s private server had been hacked due to inadequate security measures and that she was sleeping while the Benghazi attacks were taking place in Libya. Now, these items may very well be true, but Trump isn’t even completely sure. When asked to provide evidence that either of these things are verified, he choked.
“I think I read that…I heard it,” said Trump regarding whether or not Hillary’s server was breached by hackers. “I don’t know if certainty. I — probably she was hacked,” he furthered, indicating that he did not, in fact, have the evidence to back his claim.
Pushing back against Trump’s claim that Hillary slept through the Benghazi attacks, Holt forced Trump to admit that he did not really know what he was talking about. In two separate speeches, Trump confidently asserted that Clinton had been physically asleep despite knowing about the attacks taking place in Libya. Holt got Trump to admit that he isn’t sure that’s the case. “Whether she was sleeping or not, who knows if she was sleeping,” said Trump. “Whether she was sleeping or not, and she might have been sleeping, it was a disaster. It was a horrific disaster, and it was on her watch.”
It’s inevitable that more reporters will push back against Trump’s claims in an effort to show the American people that he simply does not know what he is talking about. As a leading candidate for the President of the United States, Trump should be fact-checking his statements and being careful not to lie to his constituents, but that is palpably not his concern.
What do you think about Trump admitting that his claims regarding Hillary Clinton are unsubstantiated?