The Chicago Tribune became the first major newspaper in the United States with a prominent columnist calling on Hillary Clinton to step down immediately after the FBI probe into her emails was reignited.
In response to FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell announcement Friday that more emails related to the investigation of Clinton’s private email server had been found, Tribune columnist John Kass said the Democratic Party should ask the candidate to step aside.
“Has America become so numb by the decades of lies and cynicism oozing from Clinton Inc. that it could elect Hillary Clinton as president, even after Friday’s FBI announcement that it had reopened an investigation of her emails while secretary of state?” he asked.
Given the circumstances, Kass said, “Mrs. Clinton has clearly disqualified herself from ever coming near classified information again.”
He added that Democrats must recognize “having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.”
“If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process:
“They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place,” he wrote.
Describing a potential President Hillary Clinton as “a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands,” Kass said she could end up facing a criminal investigation as commander-in-chief.
“The best thing would be for Democrats to ask her to step down now,” Kass wrote. “It would be the most responsible thing to do, if the nation were more important to them than power.”
He also had a word of advice for Clinton’s media allies.
“And the American news media — fairly or not firmly identified in the public mind as Mrs. Clinton’s political action committee — should begin demanding it,” Kass said.
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