Drawing stark contrast with its wall-to-wall coverage of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday downplayed the significance of reports that Ivanka Trump has done the same as a White House staffer.
During four separate, 25 second segments on “Fox and Friends,” President Trump’s favorite program, the network reported on Ivanka Trump’s lawyer’s reaction to the report in The Washington Post Monday that found the first daughter had sent hundreds of emails about government business through a private account.
“Ivanka Trump’s lawyer is slamming reports she used her private email for government business,” host Jillian Mele said to open up the less than 30 second segment. “The Washington Post claimed the White House advisor may have violated federal rules by using her personal account to communicate with officials. A spokesperson for Trump’s lawyer tells Fox News, quote, ‘there was never classified information transmitted. The account was never transferred or housed at the Trump Organization. No emails were ever deleted.'”
Based on the Trump campaign and conservative media’s overly-saturated coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails for the past several years, it would appear as though email malpractice was an unforgivable crime. But supporters of President Trump are taking a variety of approaches to downplay the significance of Ivanka Trump’s private account.
While “Fox and Friends” chose to avoid mention of Clinton or her emails Tuesday, a former senior White House adviser told CNN that Clinton’s use of a private server was far more negligent than Ivanka Trump’s hundreds of emails.
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