Tucker Carlson: Stormy and Karen Should Be Charged With Extortion
In a blistering monologue on Monday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that if there was any real justice in the Justice Department these days, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal would be the ones indicted for criminal activity during the 2016 election – not lawyer Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump. In a thorough takedown of what is clearly now the Democrat/Mueller strategy for disposing of this duly-elected president, Carlson said that the entire theory of the “campaign finance violation” aspect of Mueller’s case was nothing less than “insultingly stupid.”
“Remember the facts of the story. These are undisputed: Two women approach Donald Trump and threaten to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money,” Carlson said. “That sounds like a classic case of extortion. Yet, for whatever reason, Trump caves to it, and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom. Now, more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn’t seem to make sense.
“Oh, but you’re not a federal prosecutor on a political mission,” he continued. “If you were a federal prosecutor on a political mission, you’d construe those extortion payments as campaign contributions. You’d do this even though the money in question didn’t come from, or go to, Trump’s presidential campaign. You’d claim that Trump and Cohen violated campaign finance law because they didn’t publicly disclose those payments, despite the fact that disclosing them would nullify the reason for making them in the first place –which was to keep the whole thing secret. That is the argument you’d make, both in federal court and through your proxies on cable television.
“It is insultingly stupid,” he said. “But because everyone in power hates the target of your investigation, nobody would question you. And that’s what’s happening right now.”
Democrats are attempting to make the case that this is less about violating campaign finance law – a minor offense for which the punishment should only be an administrative fine – and more about defrauding the voters. In other words, by “killing” these two stories, Trump and Cohen were hiding things from the American people that might have changed the way they voted on election day.
But how silly is that premise? Are we going to pretend that Hillary Clinton was her 100% authentic self on the campaign trail? Why, the DNC/John Podesta email hacks proved that there was a secret Hillary and a public Hillary. Why wasn’t she up front about what she said in those six-figure speeches to Wall Street? Wouldn’t her attempts to hide those speeches amount to defrauding the American people?
As Carlson said, it’s “insultingly stupid.” And it’s pathetic that after all the talk of a grand conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, we’re now reduced to talking about another boring Washington sex scandal. These charges and the no-doubt looming impeachment show that Democrats never, ever had the goods on this president. But now, thanks to giving Mueller free reign, they have found something trivial with which they can put on their little spectacle for the public.
Should be a hell of a show. It might just be enough to push Trump all the way to a landslide re-election.