After President Donald Trump admitted to ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview that he’d accept “oppo research” on an election opponent if offered it by a foreign power — versus reporting the offer to the FBI — members of the left-wing media and the Democrat Party (excuse the redundancy) suffered a collective meltdown. Leading the pack were CNN and MSNBC:
Here’s just a tiny sliver of the meltdown:
Trump doesn’t care about rules, but words have consequences. pic.twitter.com/b0ixCKW31F
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) June 13, 2019
“Incredible, amazing, stunning and disturbing.”
That’s how former spy chief James Clapper describes his reaction to Pres Trump saying he’d accept dirt on political rivals from foreign governments, adding he’s “run out of adjectives” to describe his shock https://t.co/xpFKKfg2AU pic.twitter.com/Qq8Yp8sS8d
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 13, 2019
Would love to hear from even one Member of Congress who says he takes information on his opponents from foreign countries. https://t.co/hMDNOLxLnS
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 13, 2019
Michael McFaul: Trump’s inviting foreign help for 2020 “dangerous” pic.twitter.com/UP1O7iilca
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) June 12, 2019
It’s not “oppo research” — it’s foreign interference in US elections.
That you would say this is disgraceful. That you would do it from the Oval Office (yet again) proves you’re unfit for the office you hold. https://t.co/7YQn07yRbm
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 13, 2019
When the Russians offered dirt on Clinton in 2016, the Trump campaign enthusiastically accepted.
Today, the President made it clear he would do it all over again, saying everyone does it.
No, they don’t.
Trump does nothing if not project his own lack of ethics onto others. pic.twitter.com/T8uZIBkuIK
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 13, 2019
The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation. Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump. https://t.co/yk25iGYpmC
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 12, 2019
Hey @realDonaldTrump: The FBI Director Chris Wray is right and you are wrong. Not only does life work that way, the law works that way. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, it’s ILLEGAL to knowingly accept anything of material value from a foreign power. https://t.co/UJ5p835xWS
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 12, 2019
President Trump is once again welcoming foreign interference in our elections. This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 13, 2019
Here we go again. Trump admits on camera he would break the law again & welcome help from a foreign enemy power to win an election. Enough fucking around!!! Impeach this asshole!!!! #ImpeachTrumpNow
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 12, 2019
The examples run for days.
Over in the conservative media world, on the other hand, pundits such as Mollie Hemingway expressed shock at the left’s stunning double standards and obliviousness to reality.
“George Stephanopoulos’ good friend, Hillary Clinton, took information from a foreign government,” she noted during an appearance Wednesday on FNC’s “Special Report with Brett Baier.”
“If it is a huge problem to take information from a foreign government, he should be asking her and Democrats. The Democratic National Committee secretly bought and paid for this dossier that by their own accounting was sourced to government officials in Russia.”
“So if this is a huge problem, and many people have been telling us for years that it is, why aren’t the media doing more to find out exactly what happened there? Why they created this hoax conspiracy theory? How they got it into the highest levels of the government? I would like to see some people ask some tough questions of those people.”
What she said was accurate. During the 2016 presidential election, then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and her peers at the Democrat National Committee paid a shady firm, Fusion GPS, to prepare a dossier of dirt on Trump.
This firm, in turn, contracted British spy Christopher Steele to dig up this dirt. Steele in turn then allegedly reached out to his contacts within the Russian government to obtain this dirt.
These are all indisputable facts that, for some inexplicable reason, have been ignored by the mainstream media, never mind their astonishing implications, which are that it was the Democrats who accepted information from a foreign power and subsequently used it to try and affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
None of this was mentioned by Stephanopoulos when he interviewed the president. Instead he complained about the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. having met with Russian operatives during the election after being offered information via email about Clinton.
Though nothing came of the meeting and the entire Trump campaign was effectively acquitted of “collusion” by special counsel Robert Mueller, the left still clings to the infamous meeting as an example of the allegedly dirty tricks that the president’s campaign had played.
“Should he have gone to the FBI when he got that email?” the ABC anchor asked.
“Let’s put yourself in a position,” the president replied. “You’re a congressman, somebody comes up and says, “Hey, I have information on your opponent. Do you call the FBI? I don’t think so.”
When pressed further about “oppo research” and the left-wing claim that “oppo research” represents election interference, the president rightly noted that everybody uses it.
“It’s not interference,” he said. “They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research.”
“‘Oh, let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it. They always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
The left’s unified, homogeneous reaction to Trump’s ABC interview suggests that all of them — from the “journalists” at CNN and MSNBC to the Democrats running for the presidency in 2020 — believe that the standards of behavior they demand of the president aren’t ubiquitous. That is to say that they think what’s good for the Clinton goose shouldn’t be good for the Trump gander.
Just to be clear, however, Mueller’s report made it clear that neither the president, his family members nor his campaign team ever actually accepted any intel from a foreign power.
The same may not be said of Hillary Clinton.
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