When it comes to candidates for president of the United States, there is a YUGE difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But sometimes, as we all know, candidates are not always available for interviews and questions from the press and send “surrogates” on their behalf. But what if that surrogate CAN’T answer the question? And what if that surrogate you sent was the Campaign Manager?
In a segment reminiscent of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s ‘And what is Aleppo?’ moment on the show last week, Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook appeared on Wednesday’s edition of ‘Morning Joe,’ where he repeatedly told the hosts that he was not able to answer questions about Clinton’s policy on Syria.
Here’s the clip from ‘Mornng Joe’:
“My job’s not to set policy,” Mook said.
“You’re here to speak for her,” replied co-host Willie Geist.
The segment comes to a head when host Joe Scarborough says:
“We love you, buddy, but what are you here for if you can’t answer basic questions? I mean, I don’t know if there’s a — I mean, we may be tiptoeing into Gary Johnson territory here if you don’t know the answer to that basic of a question. ‘What is the response to Aleppo?’ Then why do we have you here?”
How embarassing is THAT? Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager can’t answer a SIMPLE question related to Syria. Is it because he’s too afraid to tell the truth or too afraid to say something that would cause him to lose his job? Either way, since when is a campaign manager NOT able to answer a question related to a candidate’s policy, especially when it involves a situation that Clinton was involved in as secretary of state?
You KNOW you suck at your PR job when someone is asking, “why are you here if you can’t answer simple questions?” LOL!! Joe Scarborough says he was absolutely bewildered by Mook’s inability to offer the tiniest inkling of what Hillary’s Syria policy might be.
It really is amazing when you consider that the entire basis of her supposed “qualifications” is that she’s had this diplomatic experience as the Secretary of State. AND she rips on the Donald constantly for not having his own plans and policies down. But more than a year in, they can’t answer this SIMPLE question on Syria and what she would do in one of the worst conflagrations in the headlines right now?!
This is pretty sad. Robby Mook is pretty pathetic if he can’t answer at LEAST this simple question. He could have been honest, but let’s face it, he’s with the Clinton campaign and doesn’t know how to deal with honesty when confronted by it. It’s obvious he’s a stooge. Again, since when can’t a campaign manager speak for a candidate?
“She came out of that office with a 70 percent approval rating. She in contrast to Donald Trump has released a clear and decisive plan to defeat ISIS. Donald Trump has said that he thinks he knows more about it than the generals and refuses to tell us what his secret plan is,” Mook replied when asked if Clinton thinks President Obama’s failure to act when his ‘Red Line’ was violated by the government of Bashar al-Assad helped make the situation worse.
When asked again if Clinton was “disappointed” by Obama’s failure to act, Mook replied: “I think you’d have to ask her about that question, how she would characterize it.”
That must be campaign lingo for “I’d like to say, but I’d probably lose my job over it.”
An exasperated Willie Geist commented: “Well, you’re here to speak for her, Robby. You haven’t discussed that at all?”
n response, Mook said: “Look, what matters is what she is going to do as president. As I said, she has a clear plan to defeat ISIS. Donald Trump does not. It’s a secret. He won’t tell anybody what it is and he says he knows more than the generals. I think the choice is clear.”
Host Joe Scarborough then sternly asked: “We love you, buddy, but what are you here for if you can’t answer basic questions? I mean, I don’t know if there’s a — I mean, we may be tiptoeing into Gary Johnson territory here if you don’t know the answer to that basic of a question. ‘What is the response to Aleppo?’ Then why do we have you here?”
“I think — look, you’re asking new policy questions. You would have to ask the secretary for that,” Mook said. “My job’s not to set policy.”
“New?” Scarborough snapped. “Aleppo’s been around for — Syria’s been around for some time. The red line being drawn has been around for some time. I’m not being difficult here at all. These are basic questions.”
Don’t be too surprised, Joe. Even Robby Mook, Hillary’s campaign manager, doesn’t know how to be “open” and “honest” with the press. That’s the simple answer. That’s NOT new…and it’s no laughing matter.