Politics, Moderate



Trump takes his opponents' evils to staggering new heights

Catherine Rampell on

Based on media coverage, government email security seemed to be the No. 1 issue preoccupying the American public last year. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking the entire 2016 election was a referendum on whether it's OK for public servants to use private email, stored on a private server, to conduct official government business.

The answer was clear: No, it's not OK. Yet somehow, here we are again.

Thanks to enterprising reporters, we now know that President Trump's son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, used not one, not two, but three private email accounts to conduct official White House business.

They appear to have kept the existence of these accounts secret from Senate and House investigators. After news of these emails broke last week, USA Today reported, the couple even rerouted their accounts to private servers maintained by the Trump Organization. If there's a non-fishy explanation for this, I'd love to hear it.

This is no isolated act of hypocrisy.

During the campaign, Team Trump cast itself as the antidote to nearly every scandal and shortcoming (real or imagined) of the Obama administration. Now, 10 months in, the Trump administration has instead taken those sins to imaginative new heights.

Consider the complaint that deep-pocketed lobbyists and donors were using their excessive influence in Washington to strong-arm policymakers.

This accusation was heard incessantly during the 2016 campaign. Then-candidate Donald Trump charged that the Obama administration -- especially alumna Hillary Clinton -- was too cozy with donors, lobbyists and corporate elites, too willing to let Goldman Sachs and other companies buy influence.

So what was Trump's solution to donors, lobbyists and corporate elites having too much influence?

Why, it was to put donors, lobbyists and corporate elites directly into his Cabinet, and into lots of other executive branch jobs, too.


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