Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “drowning” in the wake of controversies surrounding emails released by WikiLeaks and the FBI’s renewed probe into her use of a private server as secretary of state.
According to emails released by WikiLeaks, Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, told colleagues, “We are going to have to dump all those emails,” after a news report revealed Clinton’s use of a private server to conduct government business.
The Clinton campaign has argued that Podesta meant “release” when he wrote “dump,” a claim Krauthammer disputed.
“‘Dump’ means that you’re releasing something but you’re doing it in a way that it will disappear,” he said, adding that the Clinton campaign’s "instinctive reaction" in scandalous situations “is to dump, is to hide, is to cover."
"What's happening is she's now drowning in the cumulative effects of the WikiLeaks [email releases] and of the FBI deal," Krauthammer said on Fox News' "Special Report."
He argued that Clinton is struggling to “get her message out” after the revelations.
"When you have to bring Alicia Machado back on-stage ... four weeks later, you've got nothing left in the tank," Krauthammer said.
"Nothing she says can [allow her to] escape the black hole of all this incoming ammunition," he added.