Donald Trump has ushered in an era of toxic white masculinity that isn’t only dangerous, in many cases it’s proving to be illegal. In Kentucky, a former Trump campaign staffer/ex-judge was recently indicted on over 20 felonies. When Senators Collins and Murkowski, both Republicans, announced they’d be voting against the GOP’s so-called health care plan, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) brazenly threatened his colleagues. He said:
‘Listen, the fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me. Some of the people that are opposed to this — there are some female senators from the Northeast — if it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.’
You may remember from social studies/history class that Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in 1804, after challenging him to a duel. Burr was never prosecuted for his crime.
Because Donald Trump has an air of arrogance, entitlement, privilege, and disregard for the law, ethics, morals, and values, so do many of his Republican brethren. Although this pattern that Trump has normalized isn’t new, it has quickly become more pervasive, and the excuses justifying the various behaviors, seem to be getting more and more ridiculous.
Because Donald Trump has effectively normalized the abnormal, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many that yet another Republican lawmaker has been accused of breaking the law. Armed with a warrant (the full warrant may be read here) and reports of him having grossly misused campaign funds, the FBI searched the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s (R-CA) campaign treasurer and seized his computers, as well as documents related to their investigation.
According to the warrant, investigators were looking for information that support claims that Hunter used campaign funds for video games, nail salons, his children’s school tuition, and a resort vacation, among other things. Naturally, Hunter denies any wrongdoing:
‘I was not involved in any criminal action. Maybe I wasn’t attentive enough to my campaign. That’s not a crime.’
Actually, not being “attentive enough” to your campaign, is a crime. Campaign finance and other laws, do exist. Perhaps they just aren’t real in the minds of Republicans who have bought into Donald Trump’s above-the-law philosophy.
An LA Times video outlining Hunter’s alleged crimes, is below, via YouTube:
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