A lesson should be learned by the way Democrats and the liberal media attempted to slime Budget Director Mick Mulvaney out of a job this week. Hell, did we say out of a job? You could go further and say this was their attempt to not only block Mulvaney from ever getting that White House Chief of Staff position he’s been rumored to be in line for, but possibly even bring him up on ethics violations. This was yet another effort on the part of the left to completely trash a Trump administration official’s reputation – a bit of business that they’ve gotten extremely good at. After all, just look at the way they’ve gone after Scott Pruitt. And hell, this was also a week they got a huge win by derailing VA Secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson.
It’s time to stop letting them do it. It would be one thing if the media was digging into these individuals and finding areas of rightful concern. Then the problem would be that President Trump is failing to subject his nominees to the appropriate standards of vetting – which is the narrative the left is trying to build. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that the left is going into overdrive to find quotes, deals, speeches, and incidents that you can find in a deep dive into literally anyone’s life and then turning molehills into mountains for public consumption.
With Mulvaney, the ruse was more obvious than usual, but that didn’t stop dozens of Democrats and (probably) hundreds of news outlets from running with the story. After all, this was pretty juicy. Did Mulvaney just admit that he was running a pay-to-play scheme as a congressman?
Let’s go to the videotape (metaphorically).
“If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you,” Mulvaney said in a speech to bankers. “If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. If you came from back home and say in my lobby, I talk to you without exception, regardless of the financial contributions. People coming from back home, to tell people in Congress what issues are important to them, is one of the fundamental underpinnings of our democracy, and you have to continue to do it.”
It’s clear what Mulvaney is getting at here. He’s telling bankers to concentrate on their local congressmen – not to fill their coffers up with donations but to go in and sit down with them. Because congressmen are always going to be more willing to sit and meet with business officials and bankers who double as their constituents. It is, after all, a lawmaker’s duty to represent those constituents, no matter how prominent or famous they may get on Capitol Hill.
But the media didn’t bother talking about the greatest chunk of that statement. They took the first two lines, stripped them of context, and ran with a story where Mulvaney was basically saying, “Hey, if you want a Republican congressman’s attention, you’d better donate to the campaign, yo.”
Perhaps Mulvaney could have chosen his words a bit more carefully, but it is the height of dishonesty to take those comments out of context and then try to build a scandal around them. And this is what the media is doing to Pruitt, Ben Carson, Ronny Jackson, Pompeo, and every other individual in Trump’s orbit. This is a game to them – to see which careers they can destroy with the least amount of evidence.