The Republicans in Congress are digging their own graves with one scandal after another. The latest to be in the hot seat is Rep. Duncan Hunter of California (in one of the Republican districts) who got caught along with his wife using campaign funds to pay off personal debts.
According to the indictment, the Hunters started misusing campaign funds when their own personal finances hit a rough patch. “By virtue of those delinquencies as well as notifications of outstanding debts and overdue payments from their children’s school, their family dentist, and other creditors – the Hunters knew that many of their desired purchases could only be made using campaign funds,” the indictment states.
This is only an indictment, not a conviction, but in the court of public opinion, as arbitrated by the mainstream media, Duncan Hunter can probably kiss his political career goodbye. See, the NBC piece quoted above gleefully points out that Hunter was the second congresscritter to endorse President Trump, the first being Rep, Chris Collins of New York who is also currently under indictment for alleged insider trading.
It could well be that Trump supporters have been targeted for this treatment since no one in Congress has clean hands when dealing with campaign funds or getting stock tips from insiders, but all these little missteps are going to begin to add up if they are not stemmed soon. The mainstream media will do everything it can to highlight the transgressions whether they are real or imagined.
Postscript: In case anyone’s curious, when it comes to Trump’s congressional supporters from 2016, Collins was first, and he’s under indictment. Hunter was second, and he’s under indictment. Who was third?
Focusing specifically on House GOP lawmakers, two members jumped on the Trump Train on Feb. 29, 2016: Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.). As it turns out, Marino’s nomination to serve as Trump’s drug czar was later derailed by controversy, and much of DesJarlais’ political career has been marred by personal scandals.
No mention of Democratic misdeeds.