Anti-Clin­ton let­ter was com­pletely one-sided

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - Ed­ward Saw­don St. John’s

Wil­liam Lorimer of Bell Is­land’s let­ter of Nov. 19 was head­lined “Clin­ton de­served to lose.”

Well, you don’t have to be a Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­porter or a Demo­crat ( or even a Repub­li­can) to op­pose Don­ald Trump. Trump fol­low­ers would point out neg­a­tive things to say about any Demo­crat who runs for pub­lic of­fice.

Look­ing at the facts, what about for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Colin Pow­ell, for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent Dick Cheney and for­mer U. S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush who, like Clin­ton, had miss­ing per­sonal and clas­si­fied emails?

Nina Burleigh had a story in Newsweek on Sept. 12, “The Ge­orge W. Bush White House lost 22 mil­lion emails.” She writes: “Clin­ton’s email habits look pos­i­tively trans­par­ent when com­pared with the sub­poena- dodg­ing, email- hid­ing, pri­vate- server- us­ing Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion. Be­tween 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House ‘ lost’ 22 mil­lion emails. This cor­re­spon­dence in­cluded mil­lions of emails writ­ten dur­ing the dark­est pe­riod in Amer­ica’s re­cent his­tory, when the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion was gin­ning up sup­port for what turned out to be a dis­as­trous war in Iraq with false claims that the coun­try pos­sessed weapons of mass de­struc­tion, and, later, when it was fir­ing U. S. at­tor­neys for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

“Like Clin­ton, the Bush White House used a pri­vate email server — its was owned by the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee. And the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion failed to store its emails, as re­quired by law, and then re­fused to com­ply with a con­gres­sional sub­poena seek­ing some of those emails.”

I hope Lorimer doesn’t ap­ply a dou­ble stan­dard rule — Clin­ton is in the wrong but it is OK for Bush, Cheney and oth­ers to have their 22 mil­lion per­sonal and clas­si­fied emails all of sud­den dis­ap­pear! He doesn’t do jus­tice to his cause, as his opin­ion is bi­ased.

No dis­re­spect to Lorimer, but how can he be 100 per cent sure that Clin­ton is guilty and should be locked up? No one is pre­sumed guilty in the court of law un­til proven in­no­cent. Trump can’t act like Putin or Hitler or Stalin and ar­bi­trar­ily put his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents in jail and lock them up. Lorimer must dis­agree with the find­ings of FBI di­rec­tor James Comey who not once, but twice de­clared that Clin­ton did no crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing. The file is closed and Clin­ton has been ex­on­er­ated.

And Trump is now sug­gest­ing he won’t pur­sue this mat­ter as there are far more press­ing is­sues like a na­tional in­fra­struc­ture plan, scrap­ping or rene­go­ti­at­ing trade deals, pulling out of fu­ture in­ter­na­tional cli­mate change con­fer­ences, keep­ing the most pos­i­tive as­pects of Oba­macare and bring­ing back jobs to the U. S. Rust Belt ( a dubious prom­ise that I don’t think Trump can ful­fil — sounds fa­mil­iar eh?)

Don­ald Trump only cares about Don­ald Trump. One day he will find him­self break­ing some of his prom­ises, sid­ing with Chuck Schumer and other Democrats (Trump used to be a Demo­crat and Clin­ton sup­porter) and he will have to stand up to the House and Se­nate Repub­li­cans ( and Democrats) on se­ri­ous do­mes­tic and for­eign le­gal mat­ters, nepo­tism, law­suits and con­flict of in­ter­est con­cerns — so much so that he may face im­peach­ment.

Mr. Lorimer, Mr. Trump is not my pres­i­dent — I am Cana­dian, thank God. I have a Queen, a gov­er­nor gen­eral and a prime min­is­ter.

How­ever, I do give Trump credit on one point, when he said, “Pres­i­dent Obama is a good man.”

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