It was a made for television moment that couldn’t have gone better if the Clinton campaign had scripted it themselves.
Watch the video and read how the New York Times described the moment when a young teenage girl asked Secretary Clinton about the “damage” Donald Trump does to young girls who are concerned about their body image:
The teenager leaned into the microphone, pausing for a beat. She had a question for Hillary Clinton, about her high school and Donald J. Trump.
“At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age,” began the girl, Brennan Leach, 15, who had a red bow in her hair. “I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look.”
How, she asked, could Mrs. Clinton help girls understand “that they are so much more than just what they look like?”
Briefly, Mrs. Clinton appeared ready to rocket out of her seat.
“Thank you!” the candidate shouted, as the crowd cheered Brennan. “Thank you!”
Clinton may have “appeared ready to rocket out of her seat” because she was already prepared for the question. According to some great reporting by Mediaite’s Alex Griswold, who seized on a throw-away line buried deep in the Times article stating the girl’s father “helped her form the question that had so excited Mrs. Clinton.” And oh, by the way, her father is a “local politician,” we know a bit more about the origins of the question Mrs. Clinton was so thankful for:
Luckily, we live in the age of Google. A simple search reveals that Leach’s father is Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach, and also the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. Leach endorsed Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders during the primaries, saying, “At a time when the Republican Presidential candidates seem to be stoking the flames of fear and anger, I have never been more proud to support Hillary Clinton for President.”
“Thank you, thank you!” indeed.
The good folks at IJR have uncovered even more information about the teen who so perfectly set Mrs. Clinton up with a question that played right into the campaign’s most effective narrative in months:
— No One (@T3TruthSeeker) October 5, 2016
Is Hillary using child actors to feed scripted, anti-Trump questions at her town hall meetings? You decide. smh -VJpic.twitter.com/gotEPGf0mS
— RealVinnieJames (@RealVinnieJames) October 5, 2016
Hillary is hiring CHILD ACTORS for her rallies: Dem. Rep's daughter is child actor, asks Hillary staged questions! https://t.co/TSLizQvcir
— Makada (@_Makada_) October 6, 2016
Yup, she’s a child actor with her very own IMDB page.
And, she isn’t new to being used as a political prop for the Democratic Party. Here she is advocating in a TV ad for her dad’s campaign:
He lost, by the way.
And here’s young Miss Leach spotlighted in her father’s Twitter feed as “carrying on the family business” earlier this year at the Dem’s convention in Philly.
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) July 29, 2016
By the way, she’s wearing the exact same outfit she wore to ask Clinton her question earlier this week:
Last night, Megyn Kelly took up the story with her panel consisting of Dana Loesch and Krystal Ball.
So far, other than Megyn Kelly’s break down last night, this story has been pretty much confined to the blogosphere. Not sure why. This is a pattern with Clinton, as Griswold laid out:
In 2007, her campaign was forced to apologize after it was revealed that staffers were feeding question to Iowa college students to ask during a rally. In 1999, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported she used “a prearranged question from a friendly union leader” to kick off her New York Senate run. Heck, the Associated Press reported earlier this yearthat Clinton was pre-arranging questions on college campuses:
Add to that litany this week’s revelation that the Clinton campaign pre-screened and approved the questions she faced when appearing on the Steve Harvey Show (because, you know, that Steve Harvey is like our generation’s Mike Wallace when it comes to interviewing politicians) and it’s hard to reach any conclusion that although Donald Trump may be a reality television star, Hillary Clinton seems to be making her way through a low-budget, poorly written soap opera.