Trump’s Moral Comparison Defense:
I can’t be guilty if I can accuse others of different crimes
It’s easy to insist the real criminals in the impeachment are Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, if you refuse to acknowledge the facts. The Ukranian Attorney General dropped the charges against Burisma before the EU and Biden pressured the government to fire him (possibly because he dropped the charges against Busisma). This means Biden was willing to have his own son’s company investigated. Biden’s actions, unlike Trump’s, were always in the open and he made no attempt to hide them.
As to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, the FBI investigated the charges leveled in Clinton Cash, and presented their findings to the Trump Justice Department last year. The charges were dropped for insufficient evidence. Nor did the Benghazi investigation turn up anything after two years even though GOP Rep. Hannah said publicly that the purpose of the hearing was to damage Democrats in general and Clinton in particular.
The Republicans have been trying to undermine Clinton since the 90s, a non-stop smear campaign that one of her chief detractors, David Brock, later admitted had no basis in fact. They feared her Presidency, and were determined they would damage her ability to serve even if they couldn’t prevent her election.
The Trump defense is clear. He shouldn’t be punished for his crimes until others are punished first, any more than we should vilify Hitler and Stalin if we don’t first call Truman a mass murderer for dropping the first atomic bombs.
Just because Trump’s defenders yell the charges against Biden and Clinton nonstop and at the tops of their voices, doesn’t make them true.
But even if the charges were true, it doesn’t make Trump any less guilty.
The Trump defense is clear. My client shouldn’t be punished for his crimes until others are punished first. Kind of like El Chapo’s lawyers claiming their client shouldn’t be conviction because NACAR hero Junior Johnson was a moonshine runner.
Or that we shouldn't vilify Hitler and Stalin if we don’t first call Truman a mass murderer for dropping the first atomic bombs.