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For Hillary Clinton, a persistent trust deficit

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable ratings are not much better than those of her Republican opponent, and a prime reason for that involves her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

We have criticized Clinton’s use of a private server and denounced her “lies” about claiming she never sent or received classified materials.

Our view is that she should acknowledge her mistakes and apologize. Instead, in an interview Sunday on Fox News, Clinton continued to slice and dice her words about what actually happened, again creating a false narrative.

The Democratic candidate stated that FBI Director James Comey found her answers about classified emails to be truthful. However, during a Congressional hearing Comey pointedly refused to answer whether Clinton’s public statements were truthful. He did say, “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”

Comey, who did determine that Clinton broke no laws, nonetheless said classified material was emailed. That’s in addition to emails that subsequently were determined to contain classified matters.

It’s this all-too-familiar dance that leads voters to distrust Clinton.

— The editorial board