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A Tale of Two Email Addresses

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 21, 2018 11:41

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President Trump is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton's emails. He is, however, very dismissive of the fact that his daughter just got caught doing the same thing.

"Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!"

It's a common refrain among President Trump's base, invoking images of a 71-year-old woman being dragged in chains to a kangaroo court of Trump's own design while her husband, children, and grandchildren watch with abject horror as she is condemned to spend the rest of her life in a diminutive, frigid, shadowy cell.

She's a former First Lady, a former Senator representing the State of New York, and the former Secretary of State. Yet, none of that matters to the President, his confederacy, and anyone else who has been bestowed citizenship in his realm.

She used a private email address for government business and deleted 33,000 emails from it.

Two years later, the President is still obsessed with these emails, to such an extent that he spends a considerable amount of time stewing on the lack of prosecution of Hillary Clinton in regard to her transgression. To this President, it seems, such an act is high treason, even though she is not the first government official to use a private email address for government business, nor is she the last.

News broke this week that the President's senior advisor, daughter Ivanka Trump, also used a private email address to conduct government business. But the President insists her actions, which are acknowledged to have actually happened, are different from Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

"[Ivanka's emails] weren't classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton. She wasn't doing that to hide her emails."

That may be the case, but it has never been proven that Hillary Clinton did anything malicious either, and that point is never made by President Trump, his staff, or his base. They are hyper-focused on the fact Clinton used a private email address for government business. Just as Ivanka did.

But the narrative between the two deviates, because according to the President, Ivanka didn't do it in a way that violated both established and non-established rules of conduct, whereas Hillary Clinton did and then took steps to bury her violations, as if she and her staff were camped out in that basement server area metaphorically running every email through a shredder like mob associates destroying evidence.

The 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted were personal in nature. She did not do anything to avoid a subpoena or undermine potential FOIA, State, or FBI inquiries. Investigations have yielded that there is literally no evidence for this, contrary to the demagoguery exhibited by the President and his staff.

With that being said, Hillary Clinton's emails are still an obsession, but Ivanka's do not matter. This is a prime example of the contradictory nature of this administration. But these contradictions aren't the result of ideological evolution. They are merely the product of a tyrant who believes those who oppose him are enemies and those who do not are friends. And President Trump is, at the end of the day, not averse to nepotism.

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 21, 2018 11:41

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