Capitol Hill Democrats were all too eager to promote their hypocrisies as the indictment of former President Donald Trump was met wholly differently than calls to arrest another presidential candidate.
Throughout his first campaign to Make America Great Again, the businessman turned political leader had often raised concerns over the record of his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Serious concerns over her use of a private email server to send classified documents were readily dismissed by leftists but routinely sparked chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies.
Now, with the unprecedented arraignment of the 45th U.S. president expected sometime Tuesday morning in New York City, the biased reactions of those seeking politically motivated “justice” stood out in stark comparison to the previous defense of their partisan ally.
In Oct. 2016, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) tweeted, “Threatening to jail political opponents is something despots do. This is dangerous and beneath our great country.”
Threatening to jail political opponents is something despots do. This is dangerous and beneath our great country #debatenight
— Team Katherine Clark (@TeamKClark) October 10, 2016
Many have said the same of the perceived political persecution of Trump, but now, with the added weight of being named House Minority Whip for the 118th Congress, Clark’s statement Thursday said quite the opposite.
“Fundamental to the strength and survival of democracy is the principle that no one is above the law — including a former President of the United States,” she contended. “We must allow the judicial process to continue unimpeded and free from any form of political interference or intimidation. This is not a time for partisanship, but for all Americans to act peacefully and put their faith in the justice system.”
No one is above the law. pic.twitter.com/jeRZ1VtMGC
— Katherine Clark (@WhipKClark) March 30, 2023
Her position was far from unique among Democratic leaders as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who herself was once the target of a “lock her up” chant, had said in August 2018, “If Republicans hold both houses of Congress this November, Trump will go full authoritarian, abusing institutions like the I.R.S., trying to jail opponents and journalists…and he’ll do it with full support from his party.”
“If Republicans hold both houses of Congress this November, Trump will go full authoritarian, abusing institutions like the I.R.S., trying to jail opponents and journalists…and he’ll do it with full support from his party.” –@paulkrugman https://t.co/BhG4bAKGxf
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 19, 2018
Now, she has taken a position contrary to the American justice system and declared the president guilty until proven innocent with her tweet following the announcement of the indictment.
“The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law,” Pelosi declared. “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”
One to talk, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who has yet to answer sufficiently to concerns about his personal relationship with suspected Chinese spy Christine “Fang Fang” Fang, boasted of his concern Thursday when he tweeted, “The indictment of a former president is a somber day for America. It’s also a time to put faith in our judicial system. Donald Trump deserves every protection provided to him by the Constitution. As that unfolds, let us neither celebrate nor destroy. Justice benefits us all.”
The contrast couldn’t be more striking to his Nov. 2016 post, “Glad he’s not making us a banana republic by jailing foes; angry he lied so blatantly on this & other things to win.”
Glad he’s not making us a banana republic by jailing foes; angry he lied so blatantly on this & other things to win. https://t.co/7NOtoertmZ
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) November 22, 2016
Of course, these examples were just the tip of the iceberg for Democrats who’ve insisted, unwarranted, for years that “the walls are closing in” on Trump.
The indictment of a former president is unprecedented.
But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged.
A nation of laws must hold the rich and powerful accountable, even when they hold high office.
Especially when they do.
To do otherwise is not democracy.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 30, 2023
But no one is above the law – not even a former president.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 31, 2023
SO Trump finally got indicted! I predicted he would and I predicted that Stormy Daniels would get him! Sometimes justice works! #TrumpIndictment
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 30, 2023
The preeminence of the rule of law is central to the integrity of our democracy.
It must be applied equally without fear or favor.
The indictment of a former President is a serious moment for the nation.
A jury of Donald Trump’s peers will now determine his legal fate.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 31, 2023
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