[Update: 5/22/17: The $100 million pledge by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Ivanka Trump's Women's Empowerment Fund is solidifying Trump's #crookederthanHillary status. Check out then Senator Jeff Sessions on Fox& Friends on August 25, 2016 condemning the buying of access to American leaders by contributing to their charities, as the then Senator Sessions lambastes The Clinton Foundation.]
In the incredible 2016 elections, Donald Trump astounded us with his shameless mendacity, hyperbole, hypocrisy, and double standards.
A lot of it was entertaining and taken with big grains of salt.
Also, that was just citizen Trump speaking, and what he said lacked the seriousness attending speech made by someone who is or was a public official.
Secretary Clinton was burdened with the serious consequences of being a public official who lies or lied to the public.
With her private email server, most now believe that Secretary Clinton lied right from the start when she said the reason for the server was a matter of her convenience in using her Blackberry.
Most now think the private email server was a calculated decision by the Clintons of what would best enable them to keep the public from learning about questionable things related to the Clinton Foundation and possibly other questionable matters. This conclusion was particularly supported by the "bleaching" of 33,000 emails when the private email server became publicly known.
Secretary Clinton could never have given the honest answer that the reason for her private server was to be able to keep the public from finding out about things related to the Clinton Foundation, So, she had to lie about the reason, that lie dogged her for 18 months, and it may have cost Secretary Clinton the Presidency.
President-Elect Trump has now moved into the serious zone when it comes to lying to the public as a public official (or public official-elect), and a lie may have now started in a way very similar to the way Secretary Clinton lied about her private server.
Central attacks in candidate Trump's Presidential campaign included that Hillary Clinton was one of the most corrupt politicians in American history, growing out of conflicts of interest and blurred lines between her State Department business and the Clintons' personal financial, charitable and political activities, which may have risen to criminality.
Candidate Trump spoke about how his personal business empire was small and unimportant compared to interests of the American people that he was going to serve.
Since the election, President-Elect Trump has given the impression that he alone will determine how conflicts of interest between his Presidency and his business empire are dealt with, and President-Elect Trump will expect the American people to trust him completely regarding the matter.
A very intense tussle appears looming on what President-Elect Trump needs to do about the Trump business empire. Already it is being argued, given how candidate Trump promised to change Washington’s culture of self-dealing, that, if he wants to succeed, he’s going to have to make a sacrifice and lead by example and liquidate his businesses.
President-Elect Trump is not going to take kindly to reporters throwing up to him his campaign statements about the Clintons' corruption, conflicts of interests and blurring of lines between their official governmental roles the Clintons' personal financial, charitable and political interests, and such reporters then asking President Trump about his conflicts of interest and blurring of lines between his Presidency and his business empire. The same goes for reporters bringing up the Trump condemnation of "pay to play" by the Clintons, and wanting to dig deeper about whether Trump was doing his own "pay to play" with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi or his other participation in "pay to play".
Today it was indicated that President-Elect Trump has decided against further investigation and/or criminal prosecution of Secretary Clinton. The reason given was that this was in order to help Secretary Clinton's healing process in her election defeat.
Is this stated reason a lie by President-Elect Trump similar to Secretary Clinton's lie that she had a private email server for reasons of convenience, when the real reason was to keep the public from finding out questionable things about the Clinton Foundation?
To answer this, consider how the voters heard for more a year and a half about the rigged and corrupt political system. Consider how candidate Trump charged that Secretary Clinton was one of the most corrupt politicians in American political history.
There is clearly a public interest that the voters obtain more information about exactly what is rigged and corrupt, and what should be done to fix the same. If Secretary Clinton is one of the most corrupt politicians in American political history, it is important for the American people to get to the bottom of exactly what Secretary Clinton's wrongdoing was in order to address what is wrong with the rigged and corrupt political system.
Digging into the conflicts of interest and blurring of lines that allegedly went on with the Clintons would tend to keep in front of the people whether improper conflicts of interest and blurring of lines is going on between the Trump Presidency and the Trump business empire.
It is fair to think that President-Elect Trump does not want a Clinton investigation to keep in front of the people the matter of whether there is improper blurring of lines between the Trump Presidency and the Trump business empire.
In short, it is not unreasonable to think that it is a lie by President-Elect Trump to say that the reason not to continue investigation and/or prosecution of the Clintons is in order to help Secretary Clinton with her healing from election defeat (when the real reason is to keep a Clinton investigation from calling attention to the Trump conflict of interest situation), in the same way Secretary Clinton lied that her choice of a private email server was for matters of convenience (when the real reason was to keep the public from finding out about improper profiting and other things related to the Clinton Foundation.)
If President-Elect Trump continues the way he has done the past few days related to addressing conflicts of interest between his Presidency and his business empire and related to continued investigation of Secretary Clinton or not, a Twitter hashtag #crookederthanHillary could become warranted.
President-Elect Trump seems bound and determined that the President is exempt from the conflicts of interest law, and, if he wants to bring Ivanka to meetings to help her hustle business, that's entirely his prerogative, and it is none of the country's business if he does so. I think this warrants commencing use of hashtag #crookederthanHillary.