Fox Defends Trump's Stormy Daniels Lies By Attacking Bernie

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Now that Rudy Giuliani has openly confessed that Trump violated a couple of different campaign finance laws, the right is scrambling to clean up the mess. Since perennial boogeyman Hillary Clinton doesn't appear to have any notable run ins with the FEC, Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer went for the next best thing: Bernie and Obama Whataboutism.

Bernie Sanders also was fined by the FEC. The press didn’t make a big deal of FEC violations, until now, when Trump is the issue. https://t.co/aQn3z8ICOh

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2018

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That's adorable. Bernie was fined because his campaign took donations in excess of what was legally allowed from individuals as well as accepting donations from foreign sources. That sounds nefarious but if it was, they wouldn't have reported it and been "caught", they would have kept it hidden. They didn't even try meaning this was just a bit of amateur hour on their part. It doesn't matter if you love Bernie or hate his guts, this is a nothingburger.

On the other hand, Obama's horrible, terrible, no-good criminal activity had to do with....not submitting paperwork on time:

The major sticking point for the FEC appeared to be a series of missing 48-hour notices for nearly 1,300 contributions totaling more than $1.8 million — an issue that lawyers familiar with the commission’s work say the FEC takes seriously. The notices must be filed on contributions of $1,000 or more that are received within the 20-day window of Election Day.

Truly, it's mind-boggling why the press didn't make a huge deal about this stuff like they are with a payoff during an election to cover up a sleazy affair. Fleischer suggests it's because everyone is out to get Trump and not at all about sex, lies, and possibly a videotape (please let there be a video and please let me never have to see it). Sure, that sounds legit, as does Fleischer's extremely dubious legal argument.

I don’t see how the Stormy $130,000 payment issue is an FEC matter. Think about this: a candidate for the Senate in 2018 pays hush money to a woman. (Legal transaction) Is he supposed to do that w campaign funds or personal funds? Of course the answer is personal funds.

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2018

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Campaign money is not supposed to be used for personal purposes. Saying Stormy’s payment is an FEC violation makes a mockery of the rules stating campaign money may not be used for personal purposes.

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2018

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If paying Stormy in October is an illegal, undisclosed campaign expenditure, then why isn’t Stormy coming forward in October saying she wanted to go public an illegal, undisclosed in-kind contribution to Hillary?

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2018

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Fleischer is trying to make the argument that the timing of the payoff had absolutely nothing to do with the election, a laughable claim, and then literally makes the exact opposite argument two tweets later. 

The phrase "You can't have your cake and eat it, too" comes to mind.

Of course, even on its face, Fleischer's argument is ridiculous. In order for his "blame it on Hillary" tweet to make any kind of sense, Stormy would have had to have been threatening to go public in order to help Hillary. Good luck proving that. But fantasies aside, Rudy Giuliani already negated Fleischer's entire line of defense by saying, out loud and on TV, the reason Trump paid the hush money when he did:

Giuliani said “Imagine if that came out October 15th, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton.”

Giuliani admits the payment was meant to influence the 2016 presidential election & Trump broke the law by his failure to disclose the payment. pic.twitter.com/i55t3oY6UI

— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) May 4, 2018

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Yeah...that happened.

When you're reduced to making a demonstrably stupid argument followed by an already debunked argument in order to defend a sleaze like Donald Trump, it might be time to reevaluate your life choices. 

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