The 8 Most Unhinged Right-Wing Reactions to the FBI’s Clinton Email Announcement
FBI director James Comey announced Tuesday that the bureau will not pursue charges against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton stemming from her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. Right-wingers reacted to the news in a predictable fashion, claiming that Comey’s failure to indict the candidate signifies everything that’s wrong with the corrupt Washington elite as opposed to a thoughtful recommendation by a career prosecutor who declined to play politics with the email investigation.
Comey, a Republican, attempted to head off the bitter partisan wars that were bound to ensue, insisting that “opinions are irrelevant” in the outcome of the FBI’s findings. Of course, that never stopped politicians and political talking heads from broadcasting their opinions.
Here’s a run-down of the most feverish right-wing reactions to today’s non-event.
1. Donald Trump
The presumed Republican nominee reacted in typical fashion, taking to Twitter to lament Comey’s “unfair” recommendation.
“The system is rigged,” Trump posted, using one of his favorite outsider talking points. “General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.”
“FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security,” he continued. “No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem”
2. Sarah Palin
The former vice-presidential candidate decried Comey’s recommendation, oddly urging her supporters to "restore the rule of law” (and conveniently ignoring her son’s recent domestic violence arrest), despite the fact that the recommendation comes from one of the country's top lawmen.
“Ironic, tragic, but not unexpected—amidst America’s Independence Day celebrations the Ruling Class put another boot on our neck to snuff liberty’s life out of We the People,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “We MUST redouble efforts to restore the rule of law that had sustained the most exceptional nation on earth, with everyone doing their part.”
The former governor of Alaska also blamed, in part, the Never Trumpers who refuse to back the presidential candidate.
"GOP â€ª#NEVERTRUMPâ€¬ TRAITORS—HILLARY DELIGHTS IN YOU, FOR SHE CAN'T WIN WITHOUT YOU," Palin presumably yelled.
3. Paul Gosar
The "distinguished" representative from Arizona took the opportunity to show off his excellent Photoshop skills, tweeting an image of Clinton’s head superimposed on Monopoly’s "Get out of jail free" card.
In the real world the American people dont have a "get out of jail free" card. Neither should Hillary #ClintonEmails https://t.co/yyOYQNXj1Y— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS)1467741290.0
At least he gets points for creativity.
4. Sean Spicer
The Republican National Committee Spokesman insisted Clinton was guilty of committing some crime, arguing Comey issued a “clear indictment” of the former Secretary of State in his announcement.
"Any other employee that works at the State Department that did what she did would have their security clearance pulled and would be facing charges," Spicer told CNN. “This is absolutely ridiculous.”
"If she followed the law like everybody else and used a State Department account or used even a private system like the director pointed out like Gmail, this wouldn't be a problem," Spicer said. "She chose to set up a system for herself around the rules that were established for everybody else for a reason, and that reason is because she didn't want people to know what she was doing."
5. Ben Shapiro
The former Breitbart reporter was one of several conservative commentators to claim Comey’s findings indicate the investigation was fixed all along.
“11:20 a.m. ET: FBI announces no charges against Hillary,” Shapiro tweeted. “2:25 p.m. ET: Obama campaigns with Hillary. Yeah, no fix or anything.”
6. Erik Erickson
Everyone’s least favorite misogynist took a unique stance on the Clinton email inquiry, suggesting Clinton was spared an indictment because of her gender.
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, she’d be indicted,” Erickson wrote in an article on his website.
“It is because she is a female with the last name Clinton,” he concluded. “Any one of you reading this right now would have been indicted.”
Unless we are a woman or have the last name Clinton, we suppose.
7. Sean Hannity
Despite the fact that he once said Comey is "respected by both sides of the aisle," Hannity, a Donald Trump spokesperson moonlighting as a nightly news anchor, parroted the “fix is in” talking point, insisting on his radio show that the supposed preferential treatment for Clinton is par for the course in the Obama administration.
"If you don't think the fix is in here, you do not understand your government today,” Hannity said. “This government is corrupt at its core. This government is incestuously corrupt."
8. Andrea Tantaros
The former co-host of Fox’s Outnumbered (whose idiocy is severly missed on the couch) took to Twitter after the announcement to shame the “corrupt” Obama administration in a series of posts on Clinton's emails.
“An indictment was never happening,” Tantaros wrote. “Hillary's actions aren't an outlier, but the M.O. of an entirely lawless Admin.”