With 72 days until the presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has yet to hold a single press conference, something which hasn’t been done by a major-party candidate in at least the last 44 years.
There’s even a page counting the days, hours, and minutes since her last press conference:
214 days since Hillary Clinton Last Press Conference and counting ==> https://t.co/F13FlrwDy0
— Rezboots (@Rezboots) July 6, 2016
Every single major-party presidential candidate has had a press conference by August 20 of an election year going back to at least 1972.
In contrast, presidential candidates Richard Nixon, George McGovern, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Walter Mondale, George H.W Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, John McCain, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney had all held press conferences by August 20 of their respective election years.
‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson questioned Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about the Clinton campaign’s lack of real availability to journalists for almost an entire year.
“I don’t think it’s fair to say that someone is shying away from tough questions when they have taken over 300 interviews from reporters,” Mook explained. “We tried to have the interns look at how many questions she took, which is a much bigger number as you would appreciate, and we haven’t even finished tallying that.”
Trump has held at least a dozen press conferences during the same time period.
It’s beyond ridiculous that one of the two people who will be elected president in less than 80 days continues to refuse to engage with the press in this way.
It is absolutely clear that her minders are shielding her from the public.
If she can’t go toe to toe with the press how is going to handle a street fighter like Trump?
She will have such a melt down at the debates she will hit the floor and flop around like a goldfish out of water.