It’s funny how the people whose corruption is outed by deeply investigated reporting in mainstream media outlets are the first to cry “Fake News!” in order to convince the public that the well-documented allegations made against them are false.
Yet with Republican malfeasance reaching new heights at both the state and federal levels, Democrats haven’t spent nearly enough effort in matching the level of scandal-hyping that the GOP tried to use in their Benghazi and email server investigations against Hillary Clinton during the Obama era in order to turn public sentiment against the current administration.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is aiming to reverse that insufficiency in progressive outrage over the avalanche of corruption in the Trump White House.
The New York City representative read the exclusive coverage in The New York Times of the scandal involving Trump’s Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao — who also happens to be the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — and felt compelled to share her thoughts about it on Twitter.
Seems like Trump’s DOT Secretary, Elaine Chao,has been caught trying to use her position to enrich her family’s shipping company.
Her husband has lots of sway in US laws, too: Mitch McConnell.
At this point it might be easier to ask where in this admin there *isn’t* corruption. https://t.co/W6K5FZVR9N
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 3, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s pointed question regarding Trump administration corruption isn’t a gratuitous one.
There is barely a department led by a Trump cabinet member that has been untouched by scandal, leading to the premature departures of former department secretaries such as Scott Pruitt at the EPA, Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department, Tom Price at Health and Human Services, and Kristjen Neilsen at DHS.
Moreover, in addition to the new allegations of self-dealing that The New York Times article brings up against Secretary of Transportation Chao, at least four other sitting cabinet members are being investigated for conflicts of interest, improper spending, and refusal to respond to congressional subpoenas — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
With the corruption allegations at the very top of the administration proliferating, one can only imagine how far down the ladder in the executive branch that the swamp-like behavior extends.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez can’t be faulted in the least for wondering if there is any place at all in the Trump administration that has remained untouched by the festering stench of corruption. Now she and her congressional colleagues have to redouble their efforts to expose that graft and root it out, starting at the very top.
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