E.J. Dionne, writing for The Washington Post, “An Ethical Double Standard for Trump — and the GOP?”:
“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they don’t shut down
the Clinton Foundation and come clean with all of its past
activities, then there’s no telling the kind of corruption that
you might see out of the Clinton White House,” Sen. Tom Cotton
(R-Ark.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
Presumably Cotton will take the lead in advising Donald Trump to
“shut down” his business activities and “come clean” on what came
before. Surely Cotton wants to be consistent. […]
“The deals that she and her husband were pocketing — hundreds of
thousands of foreign money,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
told the Breitbart website, the right-wing outlet once led by
the soon-to-be White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.
Issa added that Clinton wanted her activities “to be behind closed
doors” and “did that because she doesn’t know where the line is.”
We can assume that Issa will press the president-elect about the
dangers of doing business deals “behind closed doors” and instruct
him about where the ethical “line” should be.
My only objection to this column is the question mark in the headline.
It’s pure hypocrisy. And no, both sides don’t do it. There is no precedent for this.