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- Allies of President Donald Trump keep slipping up and referring to a nonexistent Hillary Clinton administration. It comes as much of the right-leaning media is continuing to gin up outrage about Clinton’s actions during the 2016 presidential campaign and her tenure as secretary of state.
The Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday accidentally referred to a nonexistent Hillary Clinton administration, continuing an unusual emerging trend among allies of President Donald Trump.
While discussing an Obama administration-era uranium deal that many Trump supporters have for years tried to link to the Clintons, the host tripped up.
“Now that we have no Trump collusion, here’s what we do have tonight,” Hannity said. “This is what the media will ignore. This is what matters. These are the facts. This is where the evidence comes in.
“What did President Clinton, or President Clinton wannabe President Obama and key members of the administration – what did they know about the Uranium One scandal?” he said.
Hannity wasn’t the first Trump ally in recent days to reference a nonexistent Clinton administration while stoking anger over the deal.
The 2010 deal allowed a Russian nuclear-energy firm to acquire the Canada-based company Uranium One, which had a stake in US uranium production, and required the confirmation of nine government agencies, including the Clinton-led State Department.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Saturday, the former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski mocked pending indictments of former Trump campaign officials, arguing that members of the media were ignoring the Uranium One deal.
“The speculation is so insane right now,” he said. “What we should be focusing on are the continued lies of the Clinton administration, the continued fallacies that they perpetuate.”
Corey Lewandowski, apparently on Planet B: "What we should be focusing on is the continued lies of the Clinton administration" pic.twitter.com/FfuwfeVMCq
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 28, 2017
Lewandowski’s clip went viral. Two days later, he slipped up again.
During an interview on Fox Business Network on Monday, the former campaign manager called for a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal.
“We know that the members of the CFIUS committee, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, of the members that are sitting on that committee, I think seven or nine of them were tied to the Clinton administration – I’m sorry, the Clinton Foundation,” Lewandowski said.
Here's a video of Corey Lewandowski accidentally referring to the nonexistent Hillary Clinton administration again today pic.twitter.com/dRe5xJiRXI
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) October 30, 2017
Clinton herself has acknowledged the trend.
During an appearance in Chicago on Monday, the former secretary of state joked about Fox News’ coverage of Uranium One.
“Fox is peddling these stories about me,” Clinton said, adding, “It appears they don’t know I’m not president.”