Depending on who you talk to, yesterday was a monumental day in American history.
On the left, of course, there was bad news for Donald Trump. According to the mainstream media, President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has just created an “unindicted coconspirator” out of the Commander in Chief – a clever use of a line notoriously and colloquially linked to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Make no mistake about it – this was a purposeful piece of optics by the anti-Trump crowd.
On the other side of the page, however, are the realists, who are ready to explain why Cohen’s nasty little “surprise” isn’t all that surprising, and how the media’s double standard on this sort of news is easily demonstrable.
Mark Penn, the former pollster for both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, has penned an op-ed in The Hill Wednesday in which he argues that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea shows the double standard that prosecutors have applied unfairly to Donald Trump.
Penn argues that while what Trump is alleged to have done — paying Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement she had sought for five years prior to the election — was legal, Hillary Clinton failed to report campaign expenditures that led to the Steele dossier.
If anyone broke campaign finance law, Penn argues, it was Clinton, not Trump — but prosecutors want Trump out of office.
This expert opinion isn’t likely to find airtime in the mainstream media simply because it contradicts the juicy, salacious version of the story that helps to drive their ratings.
In other cases of campaign finance infractions, candidates and Presidents have been forced to pay a fine and then go on with their lives. Such was the case as recently as during the Obama administration, but with Trump it is somehow much more serious thanks to the unending drone of the liberal war drums in the distance.