- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2017


President Trump is facing the double standard with which the left-wing press and Democrats have been soiling American politics for many years.

Absurdity is now the norm in the left’s drive to undermine the public’s confidence in the institutions that have made this the go-to country for seekers of opportunity and freedom all over the world for more than two centuries.

“If this isn’t treasonous, I’m not sure what is,” Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, tweeted about emails Donald J. Trump Jr. has released. They show that during his dad’s campaign last year, Don Jr. voluntarily huddled with a Russian lawyer with the explicitly-stated hope that lawyer would slip him dirt on Hillary Clinton. He was led to believe that the lawyer had ties to the Putin government, which kid Donald was told was out to help his dad win the presidency. The friend actually had no way of knowing that Russian government intention and was simply repeating the bait-and-switch words the Russian woman lawyer was feeding him.

Eager to convict a Republican of violating laws that exist only in minds of Democrats and their spokesmen in the press, Democrats in Congress held hands and agreed it’s not whether but by how much the Trump family has sold out America.

“These emails show there is no longer a question of whether this campaign sought to collude with a hostile foreign power to subvert America’s democracy,” Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat said. “The question is how far the coordination goes.”

No, that’s not the question. Clear your head, Mr. Wyden and try absorbing these two questions as the relevant ones for millions of thoughtful Americans, one or two of whom you must have run into over the years:

1) Did the son screw up his dad’s presidency by breaking any U.S. campaign finance or other law?

2) Should he have known better than to meet with the Russian lawyer, a foreign with supposed ties to the Russian government, in the first place?

On the screw-up question, James Bopp Jr., who has successfully argued campaign-finance cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, says this:

Democrats dizzy with Trump-phobia are daft to claim that his son broke the law by accepting a contribution, in the form of information, from a foreign government.


First, the nice Russian lady the younger Donald met with wasn’t a Russian government agent. Second she did not cough up any dirt on Hillary because she didn’t have any. Instead, she quickly switched her conversation with Donald Jr. to an unrelated topic (the old bait-and-switch tactic).

What if she actually had and shared the information Don Jr. said in an email he was hot to get?

“If it were to be deemed to be a prohibited contribution, then candidates would be in effect prohibited from discussing their campaigns with anyone,” Mr. Bopp said. “This would criminalize normal, everyday campaign activity by candidates with voters.”

Expecting Democrats like Mr. Wyden and Mr. Moulton to grasp the absurdity of criminalizing everyday candidate-voter interaction is, of course, akin to setting out to draw bathwater from the Sinai Desert. You don’t get the water and you look foolish for trying.

At this point in the discussion you can hear the Wydenites and upscale Trump dumpers like Dianne Feinstein crying out: “This isn’t everyday candidate-voter interaction — this is the presidency of the United States, for God’s sake. That’s what makes it soooo wrong.”

What sooo wrong are the claims by Democrats, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post that first son-in-law Jared Kushner (perhaps) and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (certainly) should have known better. They should have steered the naïf eldest son away from such an illegal/immoral encounter with a Russian.

Nonsense. The meeting wasn’t illegal. It wasn’t an immoral encounter. Failing to get available dirt on the opposition is what’s immoral if not outright criminally negligent in politics – not just here, but everywhere. That’s why Messrs. Manafort and Kushner didn’t and shouldn’t have steered Donald Jr. away from the meeting. It’s the calculating Democrats and news media and the gullible Republicans in the amen chorus of Trump critics who labeled as dumb or felonious what is in fact simply the Trump trademarked violation of political correctness and Washington’s standard operating procedure BTE (Before Trump Era).

As for the double standard mentioned earlier, try this: Thanks to Forbes magazine piece some time ago penned by the Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson, we learned that London Times reporter Tim Sebastian had revealed in 1991 that he had unearthed in Soviet archives an astonishing attempt by the most liberal and in some quarters most respected Democrat in the U.S. Senate at the time. The American press (prepare yourself for a shock) ignored it at the time. The time could have been now.

Mr. Sebastian reported that in 1983, the KGB’s Victor Chebrikov wrote to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov that “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow. The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

According to The London Times reporter, “Mr. Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.”

Mr. Kennedy was preparing a run for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.

The American, aka the Democrat, press tried to protect him. His campaign died aborning, however, when Mr. Kennedy couldn’t for the life of him tell anyone why he aspired to the presidency — except of course that it is what the Kennedys do.

The Democrats-news media-Never Trump GOP axis is trying to kill the Trump presidency in its first year. May this unholy alliance go the way of that other axis of 72 years ago.    

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