Trump Plan to Prepare 'Whitewater' Attacks Hits Snag When Staff Accidentally Sends It to a Reporter

Election '16

That the Donald Trump campaign is planning to attack presumed Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton over the so-called "Whitewater" scandal is not news. The exquisite Three Stooges-style execution of their plan, however, is worth our attention.

Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Wednesday morning emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to “work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process.”

The email was obtained by POLITICO when Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who Caputo copied on his request to the RNC, accidentally responded instead to Marc Caputo, a POLITICO reporter who is not related to the Republican consultant. (emphasis added)

Trump has really assembled a crackerjack team here. This bodes well for a Trump administration's potential diplomatic efforts: Might we finally be able to ease the tensions between the United States and Virginia resident Bob Putin? Now there's a summit we can get behind.

As for the plan, it’s unlikely that Trump’s team has fully thought this out. While it's true that there's nothing the national press corps would love more than re-examining the various pseudoscandals of the 1990s—finally, those old Rolodexes will be useful again!—there may be a downside for Trump if he's intending to claim that failed 1990s real estate deals ought to disqualify presidential candidates here, in the now. Because, say, reasons.

Instead of that, maybe we should just start having the debates now. Who's up for a Trump-Clinton foreign policy debate? A Trump-Clinton immigration debate, anyone? C'mon, lets start seeing some policy proposals. Surely Donald isn't planning on wallowing in petty nicknames and rehashed conspiracies for the entire campaign, right?

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by