After losing a string of primaries, Hillary Clinton has to dig for support any place she can get it. But UFO enthusiasts?
This week, ahead of the New York primary, Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, John Podesta, talked to USA Today about the candidate’s plans once she’s president. While USA Today might have expected Podesta to focus on, say, education policy, wage discrimination, Middle Eastern foreign policy, Podesta decided to assure USA Today‘s readers that, once elected, Hillary Clinton will get to the bottom of whether aliens have ever visited Earth.
“The U.S. government could do a much better job in answering the quite legitimate questions that people have about what’s going on with unidentified aerial phenomena.” he said. “The American people can handle the truth.”
Podesta is, himself, a noted UFO believer—or, at least, he’s a big believer in open government. His push for transparency included a Bill Clinton-era executive order declassifying so-called “alien files” and vocal support for a 2002 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit designed to force NASA to release records from a 1965 “alien incident” in Nevada. (NASA, which lost the case, ended up being unable to find what Podesta and his colleagues were looking for). He also spoke at the National Press Club on the subject of “opening the UFO books:”
Podesta even wrote the forward for a 2010 book entitled UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record.
So, it probably comes as no surprise that, given the ear of a Presidential candidate, Podesta would bend it toward the X-Files, even though Hillary’s husband has already thoroughly examined the government files on Area 51 and found no evidence of alien visits or use of alien technology. But Hillary Clinton seems more than open to getting to the bottom of the issue. At a campaign stop back in November, Hillary herself promised to appoint an Area 51 “task force.”
The X-Files are definitely just as popular as ever, given their recent reboot, but illegal aliens—at least the kind that come from outer space and not, say, Mexico—seem like a niche market. Perhaps Podesta needs to focus, at least for the time being, on more likely aspects of immigration.