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BleachBit typifies how Trump’s false claims enter GOP rhetoric unchecked

Ruben Navarrette: Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton deleted emails using software called BleachBit. He says the software is free, but it's used to wipe away electronic data from servers and hard drives. Trump said it, they believed it, and now, they're presenting it as fact, he says, in the rush to whatabout the search of Trump’s Florida home in Florida. The idea doesn't make sense because emails are digital and not physical and therefore impervious to chemical destruction, he writes. He writes: Even his goofiest claims simply blend into an ecosystem by now optimized for defending and echoing what he says.Navarrette says the idea of destroying emails with acid or bleach is ludicrously absurd. But he says it's possible, and

On Monday, the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, apparently to recover material that Trump took from the White House when he left office in 2021. Frida Ghitis: The comparison to Hillary Clinton was drawn: She could destroy emails that the government wanted, but the FBI's going to search Trump’s house? She said Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 E-mails AFTER the were subpoenaed by Congress. Ghitis says the comparison to Clinton's actions was made to imply a certain deviousness to her actions that helped frame how the public viewed her email server. The distinction between deleting emails with BleachBit and destroying them with bleach (somehow) isn't that important.