Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Wednesday tried to reignite controversy over a statement by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that she came under fire during a trip to Bosnia in 1996 at the height of hostilities following the collapse of the former Yugoslavia.
In March 2008 in a foreign policy speech on Iraq, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton recalled “landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Video from CBS News showed Clinton arriving at Tuzla and being greeted by a child who offered her a poem.
Less than a week later, Clinton withdrew the account, saying instead she had misspoken, that there had been sniper fire in the area, but she had not been under threat.
"So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I'm human, which for some people is a revelation," she said.
Trump, who has been accused throughout the campaign of misstating facts, is not willing to let it go. He tweeted Wednesday the statement proves Clinton is not fit to be president.
Trump has been calling Clinton “Crooked Hillary” for months and accusing her of lying about everything. But Politifact has been tracking the candidates’ statements for veracity and concluded Trump misstates facts far more often than Clinton.
When it comes to making true or mostly true statements, Clinton is ahead with 145 such statements compared to just 47 for Trump.
Trump has made 55 “Pants on Fire” comments, including today’s comment on how Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta rigged polls by oversampling Democrats as a voter suppression technique. Perhaps his most memorable statement was when he said he watched American Muslims celebrate after the World Trade Center Towers collapsed. Clinton’s latest “Pants on Fire” misstatement, one of seven, misstates Trump’s position on bailing out the auto industry.
Politico reporters fact-checked Trump for a week and concluded he uttered a misstatement every five minutes.
A July New York Times/CBS poll indicated less than a third of voters finds either candidate trustworthy and honest.