The Truth About Clinton’s Emails & the Media’s Spineless Hypocrisy When it Comes to Trump

To listen to the outlandish conspiracies many anti-Clinton people actually believe, you would think Bill and Hillary Clinton were the two most diabolical, sadistic and powerful human beings who’ve ever lived. From getting away with multiple murders, to running elaborate pay-for-play international crime syndicates using their foundation and the State Department as their own personal weapons for carrying out evil plans, it’s ridiculous what some people actually believe.

One thing that’s bothered me, especially as it relates to how the media treats Hillary, is the hypocrisy of all of it which has been on full display throughout the 2016 election.

For example, let’s talk about the incessant obsession over her emails and the Clinton Foundation vs. Donald Trump and the unethical behavior that’s constantly swirling around him.

Aside from a few emails where someone who had donated to the foundation had sent a message to one of Clinton’s aides at the State Department seeking such “horrifically unethical” things like a widely respected Nobel Prize winning economist seeking help because the Bangladesh government was trying to force him to resign; someone who asked for help with a visa issue; and Estee Lauder executives who sought a meeting with Clinton while the firm’s charity was working with the State Department to counter gender-based violence in South Africa — there’s been next to nothing linking anything between her work as Secretary of State with the Clinton Foundation that supports any of these asinine conspiracies anti-Clinton people are pushing.

By the way, in many of these instances, all the emails show is that someone who donated to the foundation requested something — but that doesn’t mean those requests were granted. So, unless you’re claiming that Clinton should have had the superpower to block people from contacting her or her aides — which is ludicrous — a lot of what’s being written and talked about pertains to nothing more than an instance where someone contacted her office without any evidence that their request was ever granted or their donation had anything to do with it.

If you sit there and listen to what the media reports, then break down what they actually say, all they really do is spend hours debating the optics behind all of it even though there’s nothing there. And if you’re someone who’s really going to view Clinton as unethical and untrustworthy because a Nobel Prize winning economist asked for her help, or because a company the State Department was working with to curb gender-based violence in South Africa had a meeting with her, then you’re just wanting to find some reason to say she’s crooked.

Then when it comes to her private server, yeah, it was mistake. She’s admitted it was a mistake while the FBI has ruled that there was no criminal wrongdoing. There’s absolutely no evidence — anywhere — to suggest that her use of a private server put our national security at risk. In fact, the FBI just said that the Russian hacker who claimed to have breached her sever was lying about doing so.

Again, this email story is a classic case of people pretending to care about something to use against someone they don’t like, when the truth is that they really couldn’t care less about it.

Doubt me? Look no further than the tax return issue. While Hillary Clinton has released multiple years worth of her returns, Donald Trump refuses to release any. Yet Trump doesn’t think it’s a big deal and his supporters will argue until they’re blue in the face that he’s not legally required to do so which makes it a non-issue.

However, if Clinton were the one who refused to release her tax returns, while Trump had released multiple years worth, I can guarantee you Trump, his supporters and the GOP would be losing their minds, claiming that her refusal to show her tax documents is proof that she’s hiding some sort of unethical and shady business dealings.

Meanwhile, as the media continues to do whatever it can to paint Hillary Clinton as unethical and untrustworthy (so that they can then debate the polling numbers saying Americans find her unethical and untrustworthy) over a charitable foundation with an “A-rating” and an email situation the FBI should have made a non-issue weeks ago — corruption and shady behavior swirls around Trump, yet it gets almost no media attention.

If there’s a candidate who’s “crooked” in this election, it’s one Donald J. Trump.

First, there’s his tax returns that he not only won’t release (breaking a tradition dating back over 40 years), but he’s lied about why he won’t release them. The IRS has said that there’s absolutely no truth behind his claim that he can’t release a return that’s being audited.

Second, there’s Trump University and the ongoing lawsuit surrounding a “school” that seems like a blatant con job meant to scam tens of thousands of dollars out of unsuspecting people. It seems to be a classic case of a fraudulent “get rich scheme.” Even Texas — yes, Texas kicked “Trump U” out of the state saying that it promised goals that were “virtually impossible to achieve” and said it was trying “to teach these novices everything they need to know to be a successful residential real estate broker — in 3 days.”

Mind you, those aren’t my words — that’s what the Republican state attorney general’s office said about “Trump U.”

Then let’s not forget that, as more evidence points to the Russian government trying to influence our election to help Trump become our next president, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, abruptly quit after he was linked to pro-Russian groups in Ukraine that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policies in eastern Europe.

Can you imagine if Clinton’s campaign manager just up and quit within a few hours of a report linking them to groups tied to the Russian government who were trying to circumvent U.S. policy for the benefit of one of our biggest rivals? The right-wing outrage would be like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

But, please, let’s talk more about that one email someone dug up where a foundation donor asked for a visa to be expedited — that’s much more controversial.

I can’t leave out the case from a few years ago where Trump was found guilty of setting up a fake anti-gambling advocacy group where he then approved blatantly racist material to be published in an effort to block Native Americans from being allowed to build a casino that would compete directly with his.

Let’s also not forget the “medical evaluation” that sounded as if it was written directly by him. That should prompt people to ask why, if Donald Trump is perfectly healthy, does it appear as if his medical evaluation is fake?

And then there’s the racial discrimination charges the Justice Department brought against his company that was accused of not renting apartments to African Americans and other minorities on which he eventually accepted a plea deal.

Now let’s get to the more recent stuff, shall we?

While many might not have heard much about it (because it’s barely being discussed in the media), there are more than just a few ties between political donations made by Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi right around the same time she decided not to investigate “Trump U.”

According to The Huffington Post:

In March 2014, Donald Trump opened his 126-room Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, for a $3,000-per-person fundraiser for Pam Bondi. The Florida attorney general, who was facing a tough re-election campaign, had recently decided not to investigate Trump University.

Trump did not write a check to the attorney general that night. The previous fall, his personal foundation had given $25,000 to a pro-Bondi PAC. But by hosting her fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago and bringing in some of his own star power, Trump provided Bondi’s campaign with a nice financial boost.

Since he began his run for the White House, Trump has repeatedly claimed that Bondi is merely someone he has supported politically. But his fundraising efforts for her were extensive and varied: In addition to the $25,000 donation from his foundation and the star-studded Mar-a-Lago event, Trump and his daughter Ivanka each gave $500 to Bondi’s campaign in the fall of 2013. The following spring, Ivanka and her father donated another $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida ― Bondi’s single biggest source of campaign funds.

Keep in mind, Donald Trump is the same person who has admitted to trying to bribe politicians, saying this in January:

I’ve given to everybody, because that was my job. I’ve got to give to them. because when I want something I get it. When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true. They kiss my ass. It’s true.

So, here we have the Republican presidential candidate who’s admitted to trying to buy off politicians for special favors, who’s now had evidence revealed where the Florida attorney general decided not to pursue fraud charges against his “university” within a fairly close proximity to when Trump gave her more than just “pocket change” in campaign contributions and favors.

Here we have Donald Trump linked to:

  • Refusing to release his tax returns.
  • Using racism to slander Native Americans.
  • Creating a fake front group in an attempt to prevent a rival casino from being built.
  • A “medical evaluation” that doesn’t seem remotely legitimate.
  • A former campaign manager being linked to pro-Russian groups trying to undermine U.S. policies in eastern Europe.
  • Potentially benefiting politically from possible Russian cyber attacks.
  • An ongoing case where his “university” has been accused of being nothing more than a get rich scam.
  • Accepting a plea deal with the Justice Department in regards to his company’s racial discrimination.
  • Potentially bribing a state’s attorney general with campaign contributions and favors to not pursue fraud charges against his “university.”

And I’m not even getting into a whole host of other extremely unethical accusations that have been linked to Donald Trump over the years.

Yet what I’ve listed here pertaining to Trump’s corrupt behavior is rarely, if ever, discussed in the news. All the media seems to want to do is obsess over whatever “shocking” statement he’s made recently that they think they can generate a few headlines with. That’s negative coverage from the media, but it’s not remotely comparable to the scrutiny Clinton receives.

For instance, if an email is discovered where an aide to Bill Clinton sent one of her aides a request (a request that was denied, by the way) for diplomatic passports concerning a trip to North Korea to help him free American hostages, that according to the New York Times — is apparently enough to “raise new questions” about Hillary’s behavior as Secretary of State.

The hypocrisy in how the media treats these two is astounding. They put them side-by-side, acting as if “both candidates are equally flawed” when nothing could be further from the truth.

While it’s true that both are flawed (who isn’t?), to say that Clinton’s issues are nearly as alarming as Trump’s is not only disingenuous, it’s completely dishonest.

At the heart of Clinton’s major “flaws” that have plagued her are a bad decision to use a private email server (which she has fully admitted was a mistake) and a handful of emails that look questionable — yet haven’t proven to be linked to anything remotely scandalous.

On the other hand, Trump’s had a former campaign manager linked to pro-Russian groups; seemingly has the Russian government trying to help him become president; has admitted to trying to buy off politicians; won’t release his tax returns; and new evidence seems to clearly point to political “bribes” he gave to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi so she wouldn’t pursue fraud charges against Trump University.

So, please, don’t tell me that “both candidates are flawed” as if their flaws are equal. If the media would treat Donald Trump’s ever-expanding list of corrupt and unethical behavior like they do Hillary Clinton’s emails, he would have never even made it out of the GOP primary.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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