4 New Major Trump Administration Hypocrisies
The Trump administration is still not even two months old, and it’s already fraught with controversy. Republican President Donald Trump and his advisors have been the subject of endless inquiries, investigations, even a resignation. One of the administration’s biggest issues – besides its endless undisclosed ties with Russia – is utter hypocrisy. If the team had one motto, it would be “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Here are four new major Trump Administration hypocrisies.
1) Private email is bad – unless it’s ours.
“But her emails!” The rallying cry of the anti-Clinton brigade, who swore they couldn’t vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because of her private email server, has now become a running joke as President Trump is quickly descending the country into chaos.
Ironically, despite using her private email server as a campaign talking point, it turns out Trump’s own close circle also turned to private emails to hide their own exploits.
Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General tapped as the next Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, has just been discovered to have been lying under oath when he swore he’d never used his private email account to keep conversations and documents off the official state record.
And former Indiana Governor Mike Pence – now the Vice President – used to do government business on an AOL account in order to hide it from prying eyes. Which leads one to truly question the Veep. AOL, really? Is it 1998?
2) Impeach the perjurer – unless it’s me.
Speaking of lying under oath, that appears to be exactly what new Attorney General Jeff Sessions did during his confirmation hearing, when asked if he had ever met with Russians during the Trump presidential campaign. Despite claiming he “did not have communications” he’d actually spoken with representatives not just once, but twice.
So what’s the punishment for perjury? Ask old school Sessions, who once claimed you should have to resign – just like he demanded of then-President Bill Clinton almost two decades earlier.
“Sessions, of course, should be afforded the same presumption of innocence that attaches to anyone accused of a crime,” writes Think Progress. “Nevertheless, by Sessions’ own standard, if he committed perjury, then ‘equal justice requires that he forfeit his office.’”
3) Muslims are dangerous and must be banned immediately – unless I’m having a good news cycle.
The first time President Trump signed the executive order that would immediately forbid Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S., the issue was so urgent it literally stopped visa holders in mid-flight. Now the President has a new version of the ban that he hopes will make it through court scrutiny that he waits to sign so it wouldn’t overshadow his recent Congressional speech.
“Multiple outlets are reporting that the Trump administration has decided to delay the implementation of a revised travel ban covering Muslim-majority countries because its original plan to sign the order Wednesday would distract from positive coverage of POTUS’s Tuesday night address to Congress,” reported Slate last week. “‘We want the (executive order) to have its own ‘moment,” CNN quotes one administration official as saying.”
Nothing says important and vital legislation like putting it on hold until a new news cycle.
4) Buy American – unless it’s inconvenient.
In President Trump’s big Congressional address he proclaimed he’d be investing massive dollars into federal infrastructure projects, which will do the country even more good since they will be created entirely with American products – like American steel. But of course, there is a loophole.
“The Keystone XL Pipeline will not be subject to President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring infrastructure projects to be built with American steel, a White House spokeswoman said today,” Politico reports. “Trump signed the order calling for the Commerce Department to develop a plan for U.S. steel to be used in ‘all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines’ inside the U.S. projects ‘to the maximum extent possible.’ By the White House’s judgment, that description would not include Keystone XL, which developer TransCanada first proposed in 2008.”
Maybe the next big project, folks. Unless, of course, there’s another loophole.
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