RNC Chair Reince Preibus joined me on today’s show to talk about the Administration-wide rhetorical meltdown and Hillary’s incredible vanishing act:
HH: I’m joined now by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. You can follow Reince on Twitter, @Reince. And Mr. Chairman, welcome, it’s always great to talk to you.
RP: Hey, Hugh, great to talk to you, too. Yeah, I mean, this is just, it’s an unbelievable exchange, and just the inability to recognize something that would be just common recognition among 99% of people in the world. And yet the press secretary for the president of the United States can’t get himself to just admit something that everyone else knows is true.
HH: You know, last week, the President went to the Prayer Breakfast and he made some astonishing comments. Then yesterday, he gave this Vox interview which has astonishing comments. Then today, Josh Earnest, and over at the State Department, Jenn Psaki, made other really incredibly astonishing comments. What, are they in freefall, Reince Priebus?
RP: I don’t know. I mean, I think that either the President and his people have decided to quit trying, or they’re so caught up in what’s politically correct, they can’t acknowledge what most people take judicial notice of. You know, there’s something called judicial, and you’re a lawyer, Hugh, you know, judicial notice is, these are things that you don’t have to prove in court, because everyone knows they’re true, like the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
RP: And when the killer himself said I have sixteen hostages, and have filled four, and I targeted them because they were Jewish, that’s not something that anyone is quarreling with. It’s something that everyone has acknowledged is the truth, and yet the press secretary for the president of the United States couldn’t seem to make that admission. It’s just weird.
HH: No, you know what it is?
RP: I mean, there’s politics, I don’t know any other way to…
HH: I use this, it’s so weird.
RP: I don’t know what else to say any more about this stuff.
HH: If you were on ESPN and someone said didn’t Pete Carroll make a bad call, and you would just say no, it was an interception. No, he made a bad call.
HH: It’s just incredulous, and I don’t understand it.
RP: But you know what the difference is, Hugh, and I don’t want to argue with you about it, but the difference is in this particular case, it would be like Pete Carroll actually admitting last week that yes, I made a bad call, and then a week later, not admitting the fact that he made a bad call.
HH: You’re right.
RP: Well, I don’t want to actually say that he made…well, he said he made a bad call.
HH: Yeah, you’re right. It’s worse than I put it. It’s amazing. Now the one person who hasn’t said anything about this is Hillary Rodham Clinton. And I wanted to talk to you today about Hillary’s hiding, because she tweets, she comes out like Groundhog Day when her shadow isn’t there. She comes and out and she tweets something. She tweets approval of the President’s state of the Union, approval of his immigration reform. But we can’t find her on the Iran deal, and we’re not going to find her on climate change being a greater threat than terrorism, Reince Priebus.
RP: Yeah, I think her last tweet was about the measles, which was great, but she hasn’t really made a public appearance all year in the United States. I think she did something in Canada. She, to give people an idea what we’re talking, when we’re talking about Hillary hiding, it’s been over 202 days since her last press conference. She hasn’t done an interview like this, any interview like this. She doesn’t have to call Hugh Hewitt, but any radio station, any publication, for over 180 days.
HH: That is…
RP: I mean, this is a person preparing to run for president.
HH: I know. Yesterday, I talked to John Bolton and Marco Rubio, and last week, I talked to Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They all show up and they take questions. They have no idea what I’m going to ask them. I asked Scott Walker, your pal, I admire him a great deal, what’s it like to run without a college degree. I ask all the obvious questions. She doesn’t get asked anything by anyone.
RP: Well, that’s right. And every time I come on your show, we make news somehow or another, and but you know what? You don’t even need to go on, even what I’m suggesting is she hasn’t done an interview with the New York Times. I mean, she can go to her friendly format. But you know, she wants, here’s the thing, she wants to get out of the way. She wants to be the inevitable candidate. She wants to be the one that is guaranteed to get the Democrat nomination. And quite frankly, I don’t think it’s all that bad for us. I actually think Hillary isn’t that great at politics, and the truth is she’s not as well liked, I mean, I have to put it in context. If you go back to 2008 or 2012, she isn’t as well liked as the president was at that time. And so look, we’re going to have a lot of the youth, a lot of the energy, a lot of the new faces of America on the Republican side of the aisle, and I think that as long as we can contain the process with some reasonable effort, I think that we are going to be in great shape to retake the White House in 2016.
HH: Now Reince Priebus, two-part question. Does Hillary Clinton have a glass jaw? And Does she know that she has a glass jaw, and that’s why she’s hiding?
RP: Well, she’s certainly proven in the past that she somehow can’t manage to connect the dots in the world of presidential politics. And it is really difficult. It is not easy. You know, I think that when she’s come out into the political world, her approval ratings have gone down. She’s been mistake prone. And the more she’s out there, the worse off she is. And I think she actually knows this. At least her team knows it, and that’s why they’re keeping her out of the public eye.
HH: Well, that’s, I go back to the famous or infamous interview that Roger Mudd had with Teddy Kennedy. Is she afraid of a Mudd moment?
RP: Well, I think it’s, I think that she’s afraid, or at least her team is afraid of putting out, putting her out there too soon. As long as she’s ahead by 40 points over any potential Democrat challenger, their view is why get out there? Why even take a risk? We’ve got nothing to gain, only to lose, and so let’s just keep what we’re doing up, and we’ll just stay out of everything until we need to be. That’s not a bad idea if you want to make sure that you wrap up the Democrat nomination. The problem is for her is in the general election, the general public has the opinion that the more they see of Hillary, the less they like her. And there’s no way she can avoid that.
HH: But if you’re the chairman of her party, aren’t you afraid of the glass jaw, of the Mudd moment? I mean, she’s not getting in her reps. She’s not doing anything to get ready for this.
RP: Yeah, exactly, but the problem is on their side of the aisle, the party doesn’t have any horsepower. So you’ve got Barack Obama, whose totally disengaged, you have the Vice President who isn’t apparently respected by his own base. And so the entire party is wrapped up in the Hillary Clinton and Ready For Hillary. And so all of the power on the Democrat side of the aisle is there. They’ve got, they don’t a majority in the House, they don’t have a majority in the Senate, so you tell me. They’ve got, what, 20 governors. I mean, who is the power on the Democrat side of the aisle? They don’t have anyone at the table. So it’s all Hillary. So if it’s all Hillary, and they’re deciding what they’re going to do with Hillary, then that’s what you’re getting.
HH: You get nothing. And I cannot wait until she comes out, because she cannot, I don’t think she can get through a Roger Mudd interview, much less one that’s mildly hostile. Reince Priebus, always a pleasure. Follow Reince, @Reince, and of course, over at the @HughHewitt Twitter feed, I have tweeted out the link to the Hiding Hillary campaign that he RNC is now running. The Hillary’s Hiding campaign is wonderful. It’s a beautiful thing, and it calls attention to the fact that she does in fact have a glass jaw.
End of interview.