You can always tell how difficult it is for Democrats to refute the abject failures of their policies by how creatively they twist the story into a totally different subject that they can loudly feign outrage about. A couple of recent examples: they are outraged that Donald Trump lowered the tone of political discourse by bringing Bill Clinton’s sexual assault accusers to the debate, ignoring that they started it all by hypocritically trying to tar Trump as a sexual predator for things he said over a decade ago and, of course, by staunchly defending a Democratic President who was plausibly accused of sexual assault, harassment and rape. (You can also visit therealstrategy.com for a list of “56 Examples of Outrageously Lewd Remarks by Bill and Hillary Clinton,” but pardon me if I’d rather not link to that.)
When hacked emails revealed collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to torpedo Bernie Sanders and other perfidy, Democrats weren’t contrite. Instead, they were OUTRAGED by the “real scandal” – that Russia hacked their emails to try to influence the election (which may or may not be true, but notice we’re no longer talking about what was in the emails, so it served its purpose).
And now, the second debate has brought us yet another example of pantomime outrage: Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton with jail, which shows he’s a dictator who wants to turn America into a banana republic! A lot of media outlets happily ran with that nonsense, since it saved them from having to discuss what Trump really said and what every viewer understood that he meant: it’s the current administration that's politicized virtually every part of the government, from the IRS to the DOJ to the FBI, to attack political opponents and let cronies off the hook, which is like the unequal justice of a banana republic. Trump was actually promising to reverse that and return to the concept of equality under the law, where well-connected political figures face the same legal consequences for breaking the law as ordinary citizens do (Trump specifically alluded to this by mentioning people who had been jailed for doing one-fifth of what Hillary is accused of). Since polls show a large majority of Americans believe that Clinton should have faced indictment for her lax handling of classified information, lies and obstruction of justice, it’s hard to believe nobody in these newsrooms understood what Trump meant.
But just to make it crystal clear that he’s talking about ending the Obama/Clinton banana republic tactics, not instituting them, here’s a handy list of 16 times Democrats tried to abuse the justice system to bully or jail their political opponents (and I can think of a couple more off the top of my head, so this is hardly a comprehensive list).