On Monday, Hillary Clinton said she didn’t need to apologize for using a private email server while she was secretary of state, vowing, “What I did was allowed.” On Tuesday, she was very sorry.
However, in offering apologies during an ABC interview aired Tuesday, Clinton offered two different versions of contrition.
“I’m sorry about that,” Clinton said early in her interview, mirroring language she used on her Facebook page later Tuesday.
The continued lack of consistency has hobbled Clinton, said David Axelrod, a former top campaign adviser to President Barack Obama.
“Her answers have evolved over time and have prolonged this story,” said Axelrod, also a CNN senior political commentator. “She’s trying to bring this thing to an end so she can be heard on other subjects, but she needs a consistent answer.”
“The only thing Hillary Clinton regrets is that she got caught and is dropping in the polls, not the fact her secret email server left classified information exposed to the Russians and Chinese,” RNC National Press Secretary Allison Moore said in a statement. “Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to skirt government transparency laws put our national security at risk and shows she cannot be trusted in the White House.”
One analyst found the apology wanting.
“What a journey. When it first emerged that she was using a private email server during her period as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and dismissive. It was a matter of convenience, and she had done nothing wrong,” wrote Jon Sopel, BBC North America editor, noting that Clinton’s position had changed three times in the past week.
“Hillary Clinton will be hoping that her mea culpa will be journey’s end for this saga which has been going on for six months – certainly her advisors hope that it will halt her slide in the polls,” wrote Sopel. “What many critics of Mrs. Clinton will be asking, and some of her admirers will be thinking, is what took you so long.”
h/t: NBC News
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