Couchgate 2.0: Bill Clinton Got Away With It, So Why Can’t Trump?
September 22, 2022
Though many are calling it Bill Clinton’s most important election of our lifetime, few people seem to remember the last time there was an election this important: in 1998. This was the year that former President Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury, as well as obstruction of justice and abuse of power. His then-intern, Monica Lewinsky, claimed that he had lied about their affair under oath in a deposition.
The hypocrisy of the left
Bill Clinton’s sin of accepting a couch from someone as an act of charity was not a sin at all when George W. Bush was president and had accepted seven couches, an unknown number of mirrors, a couple of chairs, and other furnishings from donors including Karl Rove in 2007 and 2008 without criticism.
When Barack Obama was president he took three couches (one was later revealed to be repossessed) – hardly any! When President-elect Donald Trump accepted his first six-figure donation (a now innocuous $10 million given on inauguration day),
the Democrats seemed unperturbed by the apparent conflict between their ideology and this presidential action; if anything they condemned the very idea that anyone would purchase such largesse for him as insulting to working people.
How have standards slipped so far?
The Bill Clinton hypocrisy of those who oppose Hillary’s acceptance of furniture while they remain silent on Bush and Obama’s taking furniture is rather amusing in that these are people who claim to be champions of equality; champions against corruption; champions for honesty and honor.
Yet they show themselves at home with an array of leftists who are corrupt, dishonest, and dishonorable but so long as it serves their anti-Trump agenda all is forgiven or forgotten. Hypocrisy after all has always been a hallmark of liberals – especially their willingness to accept (or not acknowledge) double standards on any issue that benefits them politically and yet condemns others for doing so if it does not work for them politically.
The hypocrisy of the right
The left of this country is in the midst of a moral and ideological civil war as many from the far-left still do not want to hear that Clinton committed any wrongdoing about his behavior with Monica Lewinsky. This sort of gross double standard is exactly what got them into trouble in the first place back when Democrats were outraged that President Donald Trump admitted on video (and denied it) that he had groped women without their consent because it made him feel like a star. The bottom line is this —
if one breaks the law and has sexual contact outside of marriage, no matter how consensual it may be, they have committed adultery. Yes, we all know many people commit adultery so are they now disqualified from holding public office too?
Well, first off when talking about the hypocrisy of Republicans we should probably always point out that no one likes hypocrites — so stop being hypocrites.
However, in all seriousness, I have to say that I am disappointed in Republicans for picking on Trump for what his sexual transgressions may or may not be with Stormy Daniels or Karen McDougal and calling them sex workers as if it’s supposed to absolve him from responsibility for adultery;
yet they won’t even condemn their party leader who admitted Bill Clinton had an affair while married to Hillary Clinton. Yes, they were making excuses like Bill Clinton was separated (not legally though), but at least they admitted his actions weren’t right too.
How Congress got involved in this mess
It began as a chance to get back at Hillary Clinton in the battle for the White House but has escalated into an unprecedented legal inquiry that is on the cusp of exposing presidential corruption in ways not seen since Watergate.
The fundamental legal question is whether the president’s discussions with FBI Director James Comey about Mike Flynn’s FBI interview violate obstruction of justice statutes – and whether President Donald Trump may have engaged in actions that represent High Crimes and Misdemeanors, impeachable offenses under the Constitution.
So many seem to think that Bill Clinton’s behavior in office somehow mitigates the erratic nature of Donald Trump in his campaign and presidency, but the opposite is true. In 1993,
when then-President Clinton was deciding whether to pardon his former employee White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who had been found guilty of perjury related to her sexual relationship with him while he was president, Bill Clinton became indecisive.
I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, Bill Clinton reportedly told his lawyers at the time according to historian Taylor Branch’s book The Clinton Tapes: 1992-2000.
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