President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue an investigation against Hillary Clinton, MSNBC’s Morning Joe confirmed Tuesday.
Despite encouraging his supporters to chant “Lock her up” and his “Crooked Hillary” nickname for Clinton, Trump will back off his campaign promise to further probe the ex-secretary of State over her private email server.
Trump’s campaign manager and senior transition adviser Kellyanne Conway confirmed the change to the cable-news talk show.
“When the president-elect, who’s also the head of your party now, tells you even before he’s inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content to the members,” she told the MSNBC hosts.
Conway additionally suggested that Trump could “help [Clinton] heal” her image of being dishonest and untrustworthy, and that the president-elect is “thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them.”
“And I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing,” she added.
The right-wing Breitbart News Network, which aligned itself with the New York billionaire early in the election, swiftly decried the climb-down as a “broken promise”.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 22, 2016
Remember crooked Hillary? The most corrupt politician ever, whose email scandal would be as big – if not bigger – than Watergate?
The butt of all those full-throated chants at Trump rallies, “lock her up, lock her up”?
And who could forget the memorable exchange in the second presidential debate, when Donald Trump promised to appoint a special prosecutor.
But now all that is gone, just some overheated campaign rhetoric that is being shelved, if you listen to his spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway and close confidante, Rudy Giuliani.
This is part reality check: there is so much to do in the first 100 days, do you want to be bogged down in something as controversial as this?
And it’s partly that the job’s been done – if the language during the campaign was about discrediting Hillary Clinton in the eyes of enough of the electorate to get Donald Trump elected, then – well – it’s mission accomplished.