This will be really basic. Because it's easy to follow the bouncing ball.
Ever since news broke about Trump's phone call extorting the president of Ukraine throughout the House Impeachment Hearing through the Senate Trial, Trump and his defenders have claimed that the whole "reason" behind him withholding funds mandated for the country was because of his "concern" about corruption.
Others have noted that it's impossible to find one other instance of Trump being even remotely "concerned" about corruption anywhere in the world, rendering the "reason" for withholding funds meaningless at best and infantile at worst.
But yesterday, the evidence against him got even more pointed and far-more blunt.
That's because on his Day of Many Pardons, Trump went around pardoning convicted felon after convicted felon who had been found guilty by impartial juries of...corruption.
Rod Blagojevich. Convicted of corruption, attempting to sell a seat to the U.S. Senate to the highest bidder, literally caught on tape making his sales pitch.
Bernard Kerik, Convicted of corruption, having plead guilty to charges of tax fraud and lying under oath to Congress.
Michael Milken. Convicted of corruption, having plead guilty racketeering and securities fraud charges, not only sentenced to prison but fined $600 million
Judith Negron. Convicted of corruption, sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping set up a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme while the owner of a mental health care company.
Paul Pogue. Convicted of corruption, found guilty of filing false income tax statements. Trump singled out Pogue's charitable work in explaining the pardon. Note: The Pogue family's charitable work includes an $85,000 donation to Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for the president’s reelection campaign and Republican National Committee.
Angela Stanton. Convicted of -- wait, hey! Not corruption. How about that?!! Convicted of participating in a stole-car ring. In recent years she has shown her efforts to better society by giving interviews about her support of Trump.
All of these people pardoned or had their prison sentences commuted...yesterday -- yesterday!!! -- by Trump, that tireless international champion against "corruption."
That Trump spent so much intense, convoluted effort going after Hunter Biden for supposedly corrupt actions -- effort, to be clear, for which Trump himself committed a crime by withholding mandated funds, according to a report by the Office of Management and Budget -- is not only beyond insanely ludicrous, but by Trump standards you wonder why he didn't put Hunter Biden up for a Presidential Medal of Freedom instead! Indeed, the only reason I can think of why he didn't is because, in the end, Hunter Biden didn't do anything actually corrupt.
And that in Trump World appears to be the biggest sin of all.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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