You’re slipping, Chris Cillizza. Getting lazy. You’re not even trying to appear like the occasional professional journalist anymore:
If Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch meeting on a tarmac in 2016 bothered you…then why doesn't Donald Trump telling the Justice Department what to do in 2018 bother you?https://t.co/m504bPOBsc pic.twitter.com/HPoYooVVQR
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 22, 2018
Remember back in the summer of 2016 when Bill Clinton and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport amid the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server? People, rightly, went crazy. It had the look of impropriety — even if both sides repeatedly insisted the conversation was all small talk and had nothing to do with the email investigation.
“It was really a sneak,” Trump said of the meeting at the time. “You see a thing like this and, even in terms of judgment, how bad of judgment is it for him or for her to do this? Who would do this?”
That was a former President of the United States meeting, briefly and without any sort of pre-announced agenda, with the attorney general. What’s transpired over the past 96 hours or so is the sitting President demanding his Justice Department investigate a rumor he heard, then meeting with the two people in charge and announcing that, at his request, they would be doing exactly what he asked.
“Um, WHAT?” is right, Chris. As in “um, WHAT” are you doing?
Can I get an Amen ?
— Bojack brown (@bojack_brown) May 22, 2018
No, you cannot get an amen. Because Cillizza’s point is asinine.
These are honestly not an equal comparison and you know it.
— Staple Genius (@PPearl05) May 22, 2018
They’re about as equal as …
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) May 22, 2018
Because he is the chief executive. Last I checked, the DOJ is a part of the executive branch.
— THOR-AXE the IMPALER (@mfdrake112) May 22, 2018
Because he's the executive and the DOJ works for him…
Seriously Chris, stuff like this makes you look so silly.
— CraigDangerous (@craigdangerous) May 22, 2018
Was bill clinton president in 2016??
— frank fossetta (@fossetta1858) May 22, 2018
Are you an idiot? Why would EX-PRESIDENT Bill Clinton "meet" with Loretta Lynch?
— Bill Tsamis (@BillTsamis) May 22, 2018
Because Bill Clinton wasn't President at the time, and neither was his wife, who was under criminal investigation by the DOJ, so they had no business conducting a secret meeting with the acting Attorney General.
— wahsatchmo (@wahsatchmo) May 22, 2018
Probably because one was an underhanded, quid pro quo meeting that didn't pass any smell test known to man, and the other one is a request for a public enquiry into the absolute shadiness of allegedly non-political agencies.
— Esteban (@Pha_Queue) May 22, 2018
What did Bill and Loretta talk about?
That's right, you have no idea what was said, what promises were made, what deal was struck. But you know exactly what Trump said to the DOJ.
Understand the difference?
— Defund the CBC (@stevegraydon) May 22, 2018
He's not hiding it and bill clinton was not apart of the administration in any way. Had no reason to meet with her. Surely you're not this ignorant
— Chris Kelley (@KelleyNorth) May 22, 2018
Surely he is, though.
You guys aren't really trying to pretend there's no difference here, right?
Bill Clinton 1) wasn't president and 2) the meeting was done in secret.
I mean, seriously. Who thought this was a clever line of debate here? https://t.co/eFwdq9ucej
— RBe (@RBPundit) May 22, 2018
Chris Cillizza did.
1. Clinton wasn’t in office
2. It was done in secret
3. You and your network are total clown shows
— Beer N Ammo (@Beer_N_Ammo) May 22, 2018
I knew you were stupid and biased Chris I wasn’t aware you were this stupid.
— AttackPilotTrader (@NCBenWilliams) May 22, 2018