When it comes to Republican hypocrisies, I could write an entire book centered around how what they say and what they do are often in complete contradiction of one another. After all, this is the party that claims it represents “fiscal responsibility” yet we haven’t seen a Republican president balance the budget since the 1950’s. It’s also the same party that claims to want a “small, Constitutional government,” while constantly trying to pass laws that force their religious views on millions of Americans.
Though I don’t even need to get that in-depth to expose the outrageous hypocrisy we’ve seen from the Republican Party since the rise of Donald Trump among their ranks.
The list of things Trump has said and done since launching his campaign over two years ago that Republicans would never let a Democrat get away with is practically endless. From belittling POWs, to repeatedly undermining the credibility of U.S. intelligence officials, the party that once threw a fit because Barack Obama put his feet on the desk in the Oval Office would be coming unglued if any Democrat had even a fraction of the controversies swirling around them as Trump’s had both during his campaign and after being sworn into office.
It’s an absolute joke that many of the same people who spent years trying to play up Benghazi as the worst terrorist attack since 9/11, while also acting as if Hillary Clinton’s emails were the biggest scandal since Watergate, are now mostly tucking their tail between their legs when it comes to standing up to Donald Trump.
If Hillary Clinton had fired the head of the FBI citing an on-going investigation into her campaign as the primary reason why she got rid of him — then that recently fired FBI director went on to testify, under oath, that she tried to obstruct justice weeks before he was let go.
All. Hell. Would. Be. Breaking. Loose.
Yet that’s only one of many things Trump’s done over the last few weeks that the majority of the Republican Party — as well as the conservative media — has done their best to downplay as nothing more than a “witch hunt by the fake news media out to get Trump.”
However, of everything else we’ve seen up until this point, nothing has been as damning as the recent revelation that Trump’s oldest son, his son-in-law, and then-campaign manager all met with a Kremlin-backed lawyer on June 9th with the sole hope of obtaining “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that was clearly being offered to them by Russia’s government in an effort to help Donald Trump “win” the election.
Another way to put it is two very close members of Trump’s family, as well as his top campaign official, met with a foreign agent who had promised them information that could be damaging to an American presidential candidate, information they clearly said was from the Russian government hoping to help influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in their favor — and they eagerly agreed to that meeting hoping to obtain that “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
This from the people who, for a year now, have emphatically denied any allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government. Except, as this meeting proves, there was at least a willingness to collude. Whether or not they were ever personally given information to use against Clinton has yet to be determined, but it’s abundantly clear what their intentions going into this meeting were.
Yet most members of the Republican Party have been silent about all of this, with several publicly defending this meeting and Trump Jr. concealing the fact that it took place for over a year — a year where, on quite a few occasions, he mocked any report alleging that Russia was trying to help his father’s campaign.
The hypocrisy of today’s Republican Party is astounding.
I still remember when they tried making a huge deal out of Obama wearing a tan suit. Literally, Rep. Peter King said there was “no excuse” for him to wear a light-colored suit.
As I’ve said countless times before, you can’t make this stuff up.
But I’d like everyone reading to take a moment and think about this scenario and what Republicans might say if this is what we were dealing with instead of Trump’s scandals:
Imagine if Fox News broke a story linking Clinton’s daughter, son-in-law, and campaign manager to a meeting with a North Korean/Chinese-backed lawyer offering dirt on Donald Trump which was gained from a cyber attack — with an email confirming that this individual made it clear during their request for that meeting that North Korea/China was actively trying to help Hillary’s campaign.
Does anyone reading this think there would be a single Republican in Congress trying to downplay that story or pass it off as a “nothingburger” as so many on the right have done since Sunday?
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