If “hypocrisy” works to exonerate people when they’ve done something wrong, then there are a whole lot of small-time drug dealers in jail across this country who would like to understand how it is that a justice system that’s ostensibly concerned with activities that ruin people’s lives somehow managed to collectively avoid putting the entire C-suite at every major bank in prison for a thousand years after the financial crisis.
See “hypocrisy” works as a way to shame others who are talking out of both sides of their mouths. But it doesn’t work as a deflection mechanism when it comes to one’s own guilt.
I can’t, for instance, get caught with a prostitute and then claim that because Eliot Spitzer isn’t in jail, I didn’t actually do anything wrong.
Given that, there are a whole lot of people who are getting really – really – frustrated with tweets like this from Donald Trump:
Let’s just forget about the laundry list of other things wrong with that, and focus on the very simple fact that it doesn’t make one goddamn bit of difference what Hillary Clinton did or didn’t do because we aren’t talking about Hillary Clinton.
This isn’t about Hillary Clinton. It’s about Donald Trump. Just like if I get caught with a prostitute, it’s not about Eliot Spitzer. It’s about me.
And besides that, Trump acts like no one ever talked about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. It’s like he’s forgotten about the fact that every major newswire on the face of the planet dedicated countless hours of coverage to Clinton and her e-mails.
But again, Hillary Clinton lost. Donald Trump is President. Yet he is continually mystified as to why anyone cares that his associates were in contact with a cast of Russian characters that gets longer every, single, fucking day.
Finally, it’s gotten so absurd at this point that he is literally calling his own son “fake news.” Here, look:
The sources aren’t “unnamed.”
In fact, the “source” has the same name as Trump. Just with a “Jr.” at the end.
So no, the news isn’t “distorting democracy.”
They are in fact reporting on how Trump’s own son literally just published an e-mail chain documenting how he sought to distort democracy.
But you know, you say “covfefe” and I say “covfefe.”