I would not be surprised if much of today’s mainstream liberal media and millennium elites have no idea whom former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was and how he trampled on the civil rights of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He despised King as a tool of a Communist conspiracy dangerous to America during the civil rights movement, even keeping him under surveillance.
Given what we've learned from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General’s Report (Report), the Obama DOJ and FBI leadership were not too different in engaging in political bias and animus against candidate and president-elect Donald Trump than was Hoover’s FBI against King.
Hoover believed that King was a threat to the nation. James B. Comey’s FBI leadership, as the report reflects, had the same view about Trump.
When Peter Strzok, the agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, was asked by his colleague if Trump would ever be president he responded, "No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it."
Really? The FBI would stop a legitimate candidate from being president? How?
He should be asked that question when he appears before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee this week.
Remember when Hillary called Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables"? That was a true reflection of what liberal Democrats, and progressive and liberal media elites thought of Americans supporting Donald Trump — and probably still do.
What America did not know, until the report, was that high-level operatives in the FBI had the same denigrating and degrading attitude about Trump supporters.
As reported in numerous media outlets, an FBI employee told an FBI attorney after Trump’s victory that Trump supporters were, “all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn’t watch the debates, aren’t fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm."
Sounds like a post-election conference call between Clinton advisers and the Democratic leadership. Or, better yet, a regular staff meeting of executives at most cable and broadcast networks and major newspapers.
And, just think, many of them or their colleagues with similar attitudes swear to support and defend the Constitution, wear badges, and carry guns.
In addition to the disgraceful revelations in the report about the blatant political bias and animus against Trump and his supporters, the even more disgusting disgrace is the relative silence — and therefore acceptance — of such conduct by Democrats.
Have we heard cries of outrage and shame from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the usual Democratic cheerleaders for Special Counsel Robert Mueller condemning the blatant political bias and derogatory comments and descriptions of Trump voters by FBI officials outlined in the report?
Did we hear it from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee when DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday?
No. They spent their time saying the report found no evidence of bias in the Clinton investigation or in the decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary. They also supported Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and attacked the president for saying the report vindicated him.
It's obvious that Democrats have no problem with bias exhibited against Trump.
However, it is really a shame that they can’t even bring themselves to condemn the derogatory and demeaning language of FBI officials directed at a segment of American voters as being inappropriate.
Expect more of the same from House Democrats during House oversight committees today and when FBI Agent Strzok goes before the House Judiciary Committee Friday.
Don’t expect them to suddenly be concerned about such conduct and language.
Do you think Democrats would be so silent if, instead of referring to Trump supporters, those FBI officials had directed their descriptive derogatory language at blacks and Hispanics?
As I wrote here on May 17, you can bet that Democrats hope this issue drags on until the midterms:
"The more we learn about corruption at the top levels of the Obama FBI, Department of Justice . . . just imagine how many are praying for a Democrat sweep in the midterm elections."
There has also been very little outrage by those whom you would think would be guardians against governmental and law enforcement abuse of power — the mainstream press.
Why? It could be argued that the reason is because they share the same opinions.
As a matter of fact, the reaction of FBI officials after the election is a mirror image of the attitude of much of the mainstream media on election night — disbelieve, disgust, and sadness.
Americans are not the "deplorables" or "uneducated, lazy POS" that those in the inspector general's report and their like minded political friends in Washington, D.C., New York, Hollywood, San Francisco and much of the media think we are.
As Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-La., asked Inspector General Horowitz Monday:
"Do you honestly believe that the American people are going to look at this report and look at those e-mails and not believe that there was bias and people acting on bias and that the fix was in at the FBI?"
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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