Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman suggested Wednesday that Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has “never been truly vetted before” during her 38 years in the public eye.
Asked by MSNBC’s Tamron Hall if Trump was looking forward to a head-to-head matchup against Clinton in the fall, Katrina Pierson replied, “Oh, absolutely. Mainly because Hillary Clinton has never been truly vetted before. Particularly by the media.”
After Hall expressed skepticism, Pierson repeated, “Never been truly vetted before.”
“I just want to make sure that we’re clear on this,” Hall replied. “The former secretary of state, you talk about the money spent against Donald Trump to perhaps demonize him. The millions of dollars that have been spent against the Clintons, both as a first lady and the secretary of state and a senator for the state of New York, which she has received contributions from your candidate, that this—that Hillary Clinton has not been properly vetted?”
“No,” Pierson responded, arguing that a younger generation of voters was unfamiliar with the ins and outs of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s White House years.
Pierson also suggested that Clinton’s role in responding to the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya had not been sufficiently investigated, although Clinton testified about the attacks before a Republican-led congressional committee for 11 hours in October.
Trump, Pierson added, was “in the process of being vetted,” and noted that he’d “only been a politician for the last 10 to 11 months.”
Appearing on Hall’s show shortly after, Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon flatly rejected Pierson’s argument.
“Hillary Clinton has committed a lifetime of work in the public arena to advancing the causes that we’ve talked about throughout this primary campaign,” Fallon said. “In the course of that, she’s been receiving all kinds of vitriolic attacks from Republican for the better part of two decades, so she is the ultimate tested candidate. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a risk that we just can’t afford with the high stakes that we’re seeing right now in the country today.”