As has become the norm this election season, Donald Trump continues to speak about things he does not understand.
Following his apparent motto of “Tweet first, think later,” the Republican presidential nominee posted a dramatic social media post to criticize his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, over her ongoing email scandal.
Lyin' Hillary Clinton told the FBI that she did not know the "C" markings on documents stood for CLASSIFIED. How can this be happening?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2016
The Clinton campaign, according to the latest FBI reports, has maintained that the former secretary of state “could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information.” Clinton also told the bureau she was unaware that “the ‘C’ markings in certain emails denoted the presence of confidential information.”
While the Democratic candidate’s response looks a little skeptical, it appears Trump does not know what the “C” stands for either.
Fortunately, John Noonan, a national security adviser to former presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, saw the tweet and decided to correct the billionaire business mogul.
(C) stands for CONFIDENTIAL. Confidential, Secret, Top Secret are levels of classification. DoD Directive 5200.01. https://t.co/j3jzMrIg5z— John Noonan (@noonanjo) September 5, 2016
“C” markings on official documents do not symbolize “classified,” they actually denote a lower security status: “Confidential.”
Other online users also pitched in:
Nope. The C stands for CONFIDENTIAL. https://t.co/W5Vxe3V9Rc— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 5, 2016
Mr. Trump, I know you're new to this so let me help you here. "C" stands for CONFIDENTIAL, not classified. https://t.co/8CIN72JRL8— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) September 5, 2016
It stands for "confidential." https://t.co/FgkElsSoOP— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 5, 2016
The "c" actually stands for "confidential." https://t.co/8qu4JZWbjM— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 5, 2016
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted this in apparent hopes to tighten up Trump’s message to some extent.
A former U.S. senator, former first lady & certainly the sitting Sec of State should know what the "c" in classified material means.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 5, 2016
The GOP hopeful also taunted Clinton over the part of the report that said a former Bill Clinton aide reportedly destroyed old State Department devices with a hammer at least twice. The documents also revealed another IT aide used a software tool called “BleachBit” to delete emails on the former first lady's server.
The polls are close so Crooked Hillary is getting out of bed and will campaign tomorrow.Why did she hammer 13 devices and acid-wash e-mails?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2016
Trump has not followed up on Noonan's tweet (or everyone else’s, for that matter) as of yet.