The news that President Donald Trump allegedly shared classified information with Russian officials has been dominating the headlines, but when Hillary Clinton undeniably did the same on live television — in front of millions — we didn’t see the same media firestorm.
We all know that she shared classified information hundreds of times through her emails, but that wasn’t all. In the third presidential debate, she tried to make some point about Donald Trump controlling the nuclear codes, stating, “[t]he bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so. And that’s why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button.”
CNN reported afterwards that the U.S. military was unhappy with those comments, calling such information “extremely classified.”
She also tweeted the classified information, in a tweet that remains visible on her account.
When the president gives the order to launch a nuclear weapon, that’s it. The officer has to launch. It can take as little as four minutes.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
@HillaryClinton thanks for releasing that information. Seems a little too important to be tweeting about
— Daniel McCutchen (@DanielMcCutchen) October 20, 2016
@HillaryClinton shouldn't the "4 minute" comment be classified info?? Oh, that's right. You don't know what classified means.
— John S-99 (@BostonJohn99) October 20, 2016
If the allegations against President Trump prove true, this certainly doesn’t excuse him, but it illustrates a massive double standard in the media’s coverage.
A Washington Post staff member tweeted that cheering broke out in the newsroom when it was announced that their story claiming Trump shared classified information with Russian government officials broke the record for reads per minute on their site.
Can you imagine the same celebration had they done a similar story on Hillary, and earned the same reaction? Probably not.