Tuesday, October 11, 2016


No, Trump's Call For A Special Prosecutor Isn't 'Banana Republic' Stuff

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October 10, 2016
During the second presidential debate on Sunday night, Donald Trump suggested that he would appoint an attorney general and urge the new AG to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email malfeasance. When Clinton protested that “it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Trump fired back, “Because you’d be in jail.”

The media went apoplectic.

How could Trump suggest that he’d jail his opponent? CNN’s Dana Bash compared Trump to “Stalin or Hitler.” Clinton’s campaign manager pearl-clutched: “He was talking like he would become some dictator of a banana republic and throw her and his political enemies in jail.”

This is, to put it mildly, silly. 
Trump didn’t say that he’d singlehandedly send a military squad to round up Hillary and her aides and then dump them in a darkened cell somewhere before beating confessions out of them.

He said there would be a real investigation, and that he believes Hillary is guilty. Both of these notions are plausible – and both are justified given the FBI’s ridiculously rigged investigation into Clinton’s email server.

Trump never said due process ought to be discarded, or that Hillary ought to be summarily executed.

Hillary’s allies have for years suggested that politicians up to and including George W. Bush be “frog-marched” out of their abodes and into the gentle hands of law enforcement.

The media’s sudden obsession with law and order is fascinating after years of covering up the Obama administration’s routine violation of legal process. From the IRS’ targeting of conservatives to the administration’s targeting of journalists to the Hillary investigation, the Obama administration has operated like a banana republic. To target Trump over far milder statements is hypocrisy, to say the least.

But that’s how the left operates: it’s not a banana republic if leftists administer a banana republic.

That’s a pretty convenient standard for a group of people who would allow any Democrat to violate the law on a routine basis and then call anyone who complained disloyal.

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