Even for Chuck Todd, arguing against a criminal Trump dismissal is a new low
Chuck Todd said he could discuss both sides of a criminal Trump removal, but he only explained why Trump shouldn’t be removed for prosecution.
Transcript via Meet The Press:
Well, look, it’s not their job to mount a criminal case, although they do a referral. And if you look into the debate, what is the value and virtue of making a criminal reference–
I can argue both sides of this, good or bad.
I mean, to me it’s largely symbolic because at the time we started having this debate about a dismissal, it wasn’t clear where the Department of Justice was. Since then, the Department of Justice has appointed a special advocate, as we mentioned. And they had a lot of staff that they added to the question. And they’re away, and they’ve issued subpoenas that we’ve heard about. So they’re investigating this thing anyway.
Do you think the criminal report actually complicates things more than it helps?
I don’t think that complicates things. In fact, I don’t think it does anything for the Department of Justice. I don’t think it inspires them to do anything faster or more aggressive.
But doesn’t that add negatively to the political stew? The word you don’t want to use.
You could argue that. I don’t know why they feel the need to do this. I think they want to make a statement for themselves. I don’t think it has any impact on the Department of Justice.
Donald Trump tried to overthrow the United States government, and Chuck Todd fears adding negativity to the “stew” by sending the former president on trial.
It’s almost as if Todd is unable to see that there should be consequences for trying to overthrow the government, and a criminal dismissal is not the same as a coup attempt.
The mainstream media is chronically failing the nation and the American people on the issue of democracy, but Chuck Todd’s false equivalence is a particular level of failure that helps to endanger American democracy.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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