Yesterday (1-3-17), Congress came back to work. The GOP-controlled House decided that as its’ first order of business, they would do away with the chamber’s Independent Ethics office. As you can surmise from that title, that’s the “watchdog” that keeps track of and investigates potential ethics violations by House members. Of course, getting rid of this overseer is just the opposite of Primadonald’s claim that when elected, he will “drain the swamp”.
No sooner had word of this slimy bit of legislative business gotten out than the House switchboards was lit up like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree by angry citizens crying “Foul”. As this backlash mounted the President-elect took to Twitter to offer this own two-cents’ worth; to wit: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, unfair as it may be, their number-1 priority? Focus on tax relief, healthcare, and so many other things of far greater importance!”
Now for the parsing with sole attention focused on the part of the Tweet that has been set forth in boldface. The “unfair as it may be” phrase is Primadonald’s way of signalling to House Republicans that he is with them in their disdain for the watchdog. When he then continues with “their number-1 priority”, there is a tacit “go ahead” but just put it off for now. In other words, the only real difference between Trump and House Republicans is one of timing.
To find these messages embedded in Trump’s Tweet should not be surprising. The man hates oversight, whether it be undertaken by investigative journalists, an ethics office, or law enforcement; anyone who would dare to call attention to his lapses in behavior that have run the gamut from questionable to outright illegal.
Given this critical analysis of what has happened, it is sad to note that some members of the news media are giving Primadonald credit for taking his GOP cohorts to task when, in reality, he did nothing of the kind. Again, the only substantive difference between the president-to-be and House Republicans can be summed up in one word; i.e. “Later”.