The Donald Trump Wiener fixation could easily backfire. The Trump campaign – not to mention Republicans in general – are quite literally praying that the apparent effort by FBI Director Comey to subvert the election process changes the election polls results. But aside from the fact that millions of votes have already been cast – making such the impact limited – Donald Trump’s talk about Anthony Weiner just reminds everyone of how similar Trump and Weiner actually are.
As reported by CNN, Donald Trump’s current obsession with Weiner began with the announcement on Friday by Director of the FBI James Comey that he had sent a letter to eight congressional committee chairman – all Republicans. In this letter, Comey hinted at possible Clinton emails found on a device used by disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife. The fact that Comey and the FBI haven’t even seen these emails yet calls his motives into question.
According to ABC News, in the view of many this decision by Director Comey to directly inject himself into the 2016 election process – only days before Election Day – goes against decades of tradition, damages the reputation of the FBI and quite possibly violates the law – specifically the Hatch Act of 1939 that flatly prohibits federal agencies or their employees from participating in partisan politics.
Violation of the Hatch Act is a felony, and Director Comey almost certainly knew this before he acted. In fact – and as reported by the Associated Press – prior to sending his incendiary letter to congressional Republicans, Comey was warned by the Justice Department not to do so.
The Danger for Donald Trump
Wiener family email devices may seem fascinating to Trump and the Republicans right now, but Anthony Weiner’s troubling history of sexual impropriety makes Donald Trump the last person who should want to bring him up in a conversation. Even so, Donald Trump over the last day or so has had the remarkable gall to refer to Anthony Weiner as a “major, major sleaze.”
A “pot meet kettle” moment indeed. Based on the visual and audio evidence produced by Howard Stern and Billy Bush videos, these and other Donald Trump pejoratives aimed at Weiner could easily be applied to Trump himself. In fact, the Trump campaign minions are trying desperately to get Trump to stop talking about Weiner.
The real problem for Donald Trump is that the Anthony Weiner scandal – in which Weiner was sending sexually explicit photos of himself via the Internet to various women both before and after he lost his seat in the house – actually pales in comparison to the things Trump himself is accused of doing.
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump
Weiner may have – over the last few years – embarrassed himself, his wife and the electorate, but it’s important to keep in mind that unlike Donald Trump, he has not actually been accused of sexually assaulting anyone. As reported by Tribune Media, over the last few months Trump has been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them in some way.
And these accusations don’t take into account the charges Donald Trump is facing in December for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. Then there are the soft-core Playboy porn videos Trump starred in, the inappropriate comments to young girls – some 10-14 years old, the statement by Trump that it’s fine to call his daughter a “piece of a**” and the video of Trump saying he can grab women by the “p***y.”
Yes, Donald Trump is hardly in a position to cast stones at anyone for their sexual improprieties. In the public mind, the Trump-Weiner association is more likely to be damaging to Trump than it is to Hillary Clinton. The Clinton campaign should probably hope that the Donald Trump Weiner fixation continues right up to the 2016 Election Day.
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