The Democratic Party has reached a new level of outrage on an issue most of them ignored when it didn’t provide them a political weapon. The issue is campaign finance law and alleged violations thereof. While such violations do not typically warrant drastic punishment, Democrats appear to believe that these trespasses are of the most serious nature — but only when they involve Republicans.
Since it seems all hope of a “smoking gun” in the Russia collusion theory is fading, the Democrats are pivoting to alleged campaign finance violations as an alternative avenue of attack against the Trump administration. But it appears that the progressive left’s new political cudgel might not make much of an impact.
…attempted impeachment would backfire on the Democratic Party.
Democrats Pretend to Care About Campaign Finance
The Democrats are up in arms over payments President Trump made to former porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playmate of the Month Karen McDougal, with whom he allegedly had affairs. The payments were part of non-disclosure agreements. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, testified that Trump ordered him to make the payments on his behalf.Dinesh D’Souza
Democrats argue that these payments constitute in-kind campaign contributions because Trump allegedly made these payments only to prevent the stories from being publicized and harming his candidacy in 2016. On the right, people argue that these payments cannot be considered campaign contributions because they would have been paid regardless of Trump’s bid for the presidency.
This is not the first time the left has used alleged campaign finance violations as a political weapon. Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was targeted by the Obama administration for violating campaign finance law. D’Souza — a sharp critic of President Obama — donated $20,000 to the Senate campaign of Wendy Long, exceeding the $5,000 limit. Despite the fact that many others had committed the same violation without jail time, D’Souza was sent to prison. Recently President Trump pardoned D’Souza, recognizing that he had been treated unfairly.
It’s Only Wrong If Republicans Do It
The Democrats and their friends in the establishment media are foaming at the mouth with false outrage at the unmitigated gall of President Trump’s alleged campaign finance violation. All of a sudden, campaign finance law has become the most important legal principle ever created, and they are incensed that someone with an “R” next to his name might have run afoul of these sacred statutes.
Isn’t it odd, then, that the Democrats did not display this level of indignation when President Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to report campaign donations? After all, it was one of the largest fines ever imposed on a presidential campaign. According to the FEC, Obama’s campaign failed to report more than $1.8 million in donations.
But what does the FEC know? This is Obama we’re talking about, right? He couldn’t have possibly done anything wrong. Perhaps the FEC employed white supremacists who couldn’t resist the opportunity to punish the nation’s first black president?
But there is also 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who allegedly used a whopping $1 million in campaign funds to conceal the fact that he had a love child with his mistress. However, Edwards caught a lucky break when he was found “not guilty” of the charges.
Is This the End of Trump’s Presidency?
When the news about Cohen’s testimony broke, members of the press took to the airwaves to once again proclaim that this could be the end of Trump’s presidency. Indeed, some Democratic lawmakers have called for Trump’s impeachment over a violation that typically results in a fine. On CNN’s State of the Union, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) claimed that Trump’s payments to Daniels and McDougal constitute “impeachable offenses.”
It is unlikely that the Democrats will succeed in their bid to remove Trump from office. Indeed, there is a very real chance that attempted impeachment would backfire on the Democratic Party. While it will have an advantage in the House of Representatives, the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to vote for Trump’s removal for an offense such as a campaign finance violation — assuming that the Democrats are able to show that a violation actually exists.
With the chances of a viable Russia collusion case dwindling, the leftists would be wise to seek other ways to further their agenda. If they decide to pull the nation through an impeachment proceeding without credible evidence of an actual crime, they will likely end up paying for it in 2020.