Longtime Clinton adviser James Carville went on the offensive against attacks on Hillary, telling MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports guest host Luke Russert on Wednesday that the federal investigation into Clinton’s private email server “won’t amount to a hill of beans,” and that it’s really just “stupid media people making stuff up.”
The latter comment was in reference to a column on Tuesday by The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza who said that there is a “full-scale Democratic freakout” over Clinton’s falling poll numbers and her handling of her private email server.
Carville said that all Cillizza did was “quote a guy who talked to a guy.” In an effort to discredit Cillizza, a fellow liberal, Carville said that there apparently isn’t anyone editing the Post these days:
Russert: You don’t think that there’s a…Okay, there’s no full-scale Democratic freak out. Why is there a rise in the polls of Bernie Sanders, why do you now have her under 50 percent amongst Democrats for the first time, and why does she have the lowest approval rating since 2001 in March?
Carville:: Let me ask you a question, why is she beating every Republican in favorability ratio than any Republican running for president and the Democrats are freaking out? I mean, look, polls go up and down. This is foolishness. I’m having to come out of my vacation to deal with this kind of stupidity that these people are putting out. And Hillary is going to be just fine. Just fine.
Russert: If this is just the media doing this, then why is the FBI investigating, why is there a congressional, why is that?
Carville: If you’ve read the Jeffrey Toobin piece in the New Yorker, it says basically this, there is almost zero chance that she did anything that was wrong. And this goes on and on, it’s never going to stop, you know, these people, ‘why is Paul Begala and Jim Carville defending her? Why can’t we just attack her like we want to?’ And I understand that, I’ve been dealing with this for 23 years now.
Russert then asked Carville if he was concerned about seeing the words FBI, Clinton and criminal investigation next to each other in headlines, and if this was in his opinion a part of the vast right-wing conspiracy?
“No, it’s not going to amount to a hill of beans, just like all of the other stuff that I’ve been through .A bunch of people that are talking to each other, spinning themselves over a pile of garbage…” Carville said. “It’s mostly just stupid media people talking to other stupid media people making stuff up, and spinning themselves up on something that’s not going to amount to a hill of beans.”
At least that’s what Carville and many other Democrats hope. But every day the scandal grows, while Hillary remains in denial and tries to joke about it, blaming conservatives and the media for being the only ones asking her about it.
The threat to her candidacy is real enough that Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said that it could “upend her campaign” if she “intentionally misled or lied to the American people” and knowingly sent classified information through her private email server.
The clock is ticking, and Hillary knows it.