The disastrous election of Donald Trump last November portended only one positive development: at least we would be spared four years of politically motivated investigations of Hillary Clinton. It hasn’t turned out that way.
As Robert Mueller’s Russia probe began to hit home last week with rumors of the first indictments, new calls to investigate Hillary began spewing from Trump, his surrogates, and right-wing media outlets. In a telling slip of the tongue, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski specifically referenced the non-existent “Clinton administration” in his call for new investigations. More substantially, noted Congressional imbecile Devin Nunes, announced that he would launch a new probe of Clinton’s role in the “Uranium One” scandal, a labyrinthine conspiracy theory from seven years ago that makes sense only to the most fever-brained consumers of Breitbart and Infowars.
The obvious motivation for the new calls to investigate Clinton is the perceived benefit of distracting and confusing the public while the Trump campaign’s criminal and treasonous actions are brought to light by Mueller.
In multiple Twitter meltdowns, Trump once again acted like a tin-pot dictator by publicly calling for investigations of his political opponents. On October 29th, Trump tweeted “There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!” While it was unclear from this first tweet whether Trump was actually urging his own Justice Department to “DO SOMETHING” to his political opponents, his subsequent tweets on November 3rd left no doubt of this fact as he specifically called on the Justice Department to persecute Clinton and the Democrats. Trump tweeted, “Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems … at some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper.” Legal experts consider these statements by the President to themselves constitute obstruction of justice and possible grounds for impeachment.
The continued desecration of Hillary’s moldy corpse, clearly no longer a viable political entity, evokes George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”. In that novel, the principal enemy of the state is Emmanuel Goldstein, the head of a fictitious conspiratorial organization perpetually accused of undermining the government. Like Goldstein, Clinton is a go-to “ boogeyman” or “forever target” used to distract the public from damaging new developments and unify media consumers toward a common target.
In Orwell’s novel, the “Two Minutes Hate” is a daily period in which Party members must watch a film depicting Emmanuel Goldstein and express their hatred for him for exactly two minutes. The other theory underpinning the Republican attack strategy is simply to confuse the public by muddying the waters. This strategy is reminiscent of Johnny Cochrane’s defense of O.J. Simpson which made no logical sense but was nevertheless effective because it confused the jury. In popular culture, flinging large quantities of shit at the wall in this manner is commonly referred to as the “Chewbacca Defense” based on a popular episode of the television show “South Park.”