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.
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.
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:
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.