In the world of President Donald Trump, you know that you’ve screwed up pretty significantly when you get a nickname.
The original recipients of the Trump moniker treatment — Lyin’ Ted and Crooked Hillary among them — found that the sobriquets served a deeper purpose than just being a catchy line in a tweet or a speech. It distilled and threw into relief just what the issue with the politician in question was. And it didn’t stop when Trump reached the White House, either, as Rocket Man or Pocahontas can attest.
The latest target of the Trump nickname treatment is “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein.”
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, drew ire from conservatives after she unilaterally released the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Alan Simpson before the committee on the Trump-Russia dossier. Simpson had asked Republican committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa to release the information, according to the Washington Examiner.
However, as Grassley pointed out after Feinstein released the transcript on Wednesday, “neither the special counsel, nor any other congressional committee, has released transcripts of private interviews in the course of their investigations.”
Simpson, whose Democrat-linked firm hired former MI5 agent Christopher Steele with funds from the Hillary Clinton campaign to look into links between Donald Trump and Russia, called Feinstein’s decision to break protocol “an act of courage.”
President Trump had another word for it, claiming Feinstein was breaking protocol to try to refocus attention on the Russia issue again.
The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace. Must have tough Primary!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
“The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “Must have tough Primary!”
Feinstein, who is 84, is running for re-election in 2018. As for the transcript, everyone’s favorite gun-grabber said that she released the transcript because she was annoyed at “the innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript.”
“The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public,” Feinstein said in a statement. In it, she also accused conservatives who criticized her unilateral decision to release the transcript as part of “a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice.”
She also claimed that she had tried to tell Grassley before she released the transcript, but just couldn’t find him.
“I was looking for Grassley. I meant to tell him, but I didn’t have a chance to tell him. And that concerns me,” Feinstein said, according to ABC News. “But that transcript has been so abused that the time has come for people to just take a look at it. I think people can make up their own minds.”
Whatever. The fact that another profoundly “sneaky” individual — Alan Simpson, whose firm was suborned to create one of the great monuments to slander in our political history, the preponderance of which is only believed only by the most credulous of individuals — called what she did “an act of bravery” ought to tell you all you need to know about the move.
While the Democrats have tried to banish so-called “whataboutism” from our national political discussion — mostly because it lays bare just how obsequious the media establishment has been to the left and the Democrats over the years — it’s not difficult to realize how this would have been received had Sen. Grassley done it. The media would have (rightly) noted how nakedly and cravenly protocol was flouted in order to score political points and redirect the media’s attention upon Russia.
That’s pretty sneaky indeed. And, if the shoe fits, President Trump is going to make sure Feinstein ends up wearing it. Unfortunately for Sen. Feinstein, if history is any judge, that shoe tends to stay on for a very long time.
Just ask Crooked Hillary.
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