The Trump administration isn’t in office yet, but some news have disappointed some of his most ardent backers and it is causing a stir.
Former campaign manager KellyAnne Conway revealed on “Morning Joe” that the Trump administration has no plans of prosecuting Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as Secretary of State.
Mike Brzezinski led with the original report:
“A source with direct knowledge of Donald Trump’s thinking tells ”Morning Joe“ that the president-elect will not pursue any investigations into Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, and also for the questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation.”
As mentioned earlier by Mike Miller of The Wildfire, the decision appears to break Trump’s campaign promise to appoint a special prosecutor; although in reference to her illicit use of a private email server and demonstrable mishandling of classified information.
ABC News documented the promise:
— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2016
Trump supporters ranged in their reaction to the news, but the reliably pro-Trump website Breitbart led the way with a scathing headline:
The publication wrote:
Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway confirmed the show’s earlier report that the incoming Trump administration will not pursue charges against his general election opponent Hillary Clinton for her use of an unauthorized email server while secretary of state and on any of the alleged wrongdoing involving her and her family’s charitable organization the Clinton Foundation.
According to Conway, Clinton still faces a challenge in rebuilding her own image and suggested this was part of Trump helping the former first lady “heal.”
The press viewed it as a sign that it is a “crack” in the Trump coalition:
Trump's decision not to prosecute Clinton is causing the first major crack in his coalition: Breitbart leads with headline BROKEN PROMISE
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) November 22, 2016
While others noted the surprising source:
Breitbart calls Trump not pursuing charges against Clinton a “broken promise” pic.twitter.com/TpoJlnN42u
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) November 22, 2016
Trouble in paradise: Breitbart calls Donald Trump out for ‘broken promise’ https://t.co/SKwBB5dF30
— Post Politics (@postpolitics) November 22, 2016
— Michael F Ozaki MD (@brontyman) November 22, 2016
It seems though that there is a variety of responses by Trump supporters. Some were dismayed by the decision:
Trump decided to ignore the will of the people and will let Hillary Clinton to continue to thumb her nose at the American people and nation
— thelampoonist1 (@thelampoonist1) November 22, 2016
— Matt (@MatthewFitz10) November 22, 2016
This is a broken promise… no doubt about it.
Watchful Trump Supporter. https://t.co/mlnjzZOXib
— Ragnarök (@NoteyG) November 22, 2016
Others defended his decision for various reasons:
Trump was never gonna go after Clinton. The country is already too divided to do that. The last thing we need is more division.
— #MakeFSUGreatAgain (@DWelsch22) November 22, 2016
— Rockin Robin MAGA❤ (@greeneyes0084) November 22, 2016
Beautiful play by Trump saying he won't go after Clinton indictment now.. handcuffs pres. obama into making a decision.
— John Seravalli (@John_Seravalli1) November 22, 2016
The strongest counter-argument seems to be that The Clinton Foundation investigation is yet to be decided and the Attorney General ultimately decides who gets prosecuted:
@gabrielsherman also major crack in my head because PRESIDENTS DON’T DECIDE WHO GETS TO BE PROSECUTED IN THE UNITED FUCKING STATES.
— robogreen (@robogreen) November 22, 2016
— Grant Ellis (@wgellis) November 22, 2016
Trouble in the Trump coalition? Well it is too early to tell as of now.
If there is one thing we know about the news media, they are not trusted by a large part of American people and any conclusion about Trump’s policies are solely up to them to decide.