People are comparing Donald Trump to Bill Clinton again, but it’s not because of their treatment of women.
Rather, the comparison is being made between Donald Trump’s dinner and phone calls with former FBI Director James Comey and Bill Clinton’s airplane meeting with Loretta Lynch.
Many conservatives were angry when Clinton met with Lynch while his wife Hillary was under investigation for her emails, and some say they should be equally upset with Trump asking Comey if he is under investigation for Russia collusion.
Sopan Deb, a writer for the New York Times, tweeted, “What if Hillary Clinton proudly boasted about calling Comey or Loretta Lynch and demanding details on the e-mail investigation?”
What if Hillary Clinton proudly boasted about calling Comey or Loretta Lynch and demanding details on the e-mail investigation?
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 11, 2017
Others, including conservative Ben Shapiro, called out the alleged hypocrisy.
It’s really bad for law enforcement officials to meet with those who could be under investigation (Lynch/Clinton). Unless it’s Trump/Comey.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 11, 2017
Donald says he asked Comey about an active investigation over dinner. And people were outraged that Bill Clinton chatted with Loretta Lynch?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 11, 2017
GOP rightly decried Lynch-Clinton meeting. It appeared sleazy. Now?President himself admitting he had sleazy meeting & asked sleazy question
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 11, 2017
As @joenbc notes, if you were upset about Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting, how can be cool with Trump asking Comey about Trump investigation?
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 11, 2017
As Barro mentions, Joe Scarborough was one of the first to bring up the comparisons during a Thursday interview on MSNBC.
“What if it came out that Bill Clinton got on the airplane with Loretta Lynch and asked the status of the email investigation? And the President just admitted that he did this,” Scarborough said. “I wonder if those Republicans are going to be just as critical of the President of the United States.”