Let me just start off by saying this: there’s absolutely no way Hillary Clinton will ever be sent to prison. Donald Trump, Fox News, and the GOP all know this. Not because there’s zero possibility that something potentially criminal in some way might ultimately be linked to her private email server, but because even if she’s found to have willingly committed a criminal act by mishandling classified information, she would still never be sentenced to prison.
This has always been, and will always be, one of the biggest non-scandals in United States political history. This was nothing more than the Republican propaganda machine seizing an opportunity to slander and bring down a highly-favored presidential candidate from the Democratic Party.
Trump, Fox News, and the GOP are well aware of how easily their supporters are manipulated. All they have to do is bring up the names of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton and it will send conservatives into a rage spiral fueled by conspiracies and ridiculous talking points.
Why do you think Sean Hannity acts like Clinton, not Trump, is president? He knows bringing up her name as much as possible is “good for business.” Never in my life have I seen a failed presidential candidate, well over a year since their defeat in an election, mentioned as often as she has been.
Nevertheless, as many folks reading this are probably already aware of, the Department of Justice is going to “look into” Clinton’s emails — because Trump ranting and raving pressured them into doing so.
It’s a fairly unprecedented move, at least in modern times, as most presidents have made sure to keep a “wall” between them and the DOJ. After all, they’re president — not a lawless dictator.
Though as we all know, Trump desperately wants to be the latter.
That said, Trump, Fox News, and the GOP’s continued interest in Clinton’s emails has almost nothing to do with her. Outside from using her name to whip their supporters up into a frenzy, they know her political career is done and, as I pointed out earlier, she’s never going to be sent to prison.
For them, this is an actual “witch hunt” (one of Trump’s favorite phrases) against the FBI. They’re desperately trying to dig as deep as they can to find something — anything — they can use to discredit the FBI, the on-going investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia, Robert Mueller, and James Comey.
They’re going to search as hard as they can to find any little detail they can spin into some faux “scandal” so that they can try to paint the FBI as some sort of “rogue, pro-Clinton organization trying to bring down Trump.”
Trump, Fox News, and most Republicans know that the on-going investigation into his possible ties to Russia has progressed to such an extent that even firing Mueller wouldn’t likely derail anything. They know that their only real move at this point is to desperately attempt to discredit everyone involved, including the FBI, so that they can claim any evidence found against Trump shouldn’t be taken seriously and isn’t credible.
Will it work? On most conservatives, sure.
Thankfully, most Americans aren’t conservative, nor are they supporters of Trump, so while there will likely always be 30-35 percent of this country who’s going to believe anything Trump tells them, we all need to remember that we are the majority. They may have millions of loud, often crazy voices spewing some of the most absurd things we’ve all ever heard, but we have much more power than they do.
The fight won’t be easy, and the GOP is clearly going to do everything it can to protect Donald Trump — even if that means backing a traitor who colluded with Russia. However, as long as we stay vigilant, and most importantly show up to vote, I promise everyone reading this that we will win.
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