As the saying goes, “with friends like these…”
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has returned to the gun lobby group’s propaganda studios to defend beleaguered President Donald Trump. And taking a page from his playbook, Loesch compared him to Al Capone, just as Trump compared Paul Manafort to the legendary mob boss.
Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and “Public Enemy Number One,” or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
Neither comparisons were, shall we say, helpful to any of the criminals involved.
Here’s Loesch’s curious defense:
“The moral argument over the president’s infidelities would never result in legal trouble,” she claims, as Media Matters reports. “So they believe they have to take a lesson from the Clinton years and find a way to make it a legal problem,” she continues – “they,” being Democrats.
“And that’s exactly what they’re using campaign finance for, an already unconstitutional set of laws to pull it off,” she insists. Current campaign finance laws are not unconstitutional.
“They’re trying to Al Capone the president. I mean, you remember. Capone didn’t go down for murder. Elliot Ness didn’t put him in for murder. He went in for tax fraud. Prosecutors didn’t care how he went down as long as he went down. The same goes for Democrats. Whatever avenue is needed to bring down the president, they’ll take it.”
It should be noted here that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a Republican. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a Republican, appointed by a Republican president, confirmed by a Republican Senate. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a Republican, appointed by a Republican president, confirmed by a Republican Senate. FBI Director Christopher Wray is a Republican, appointed by a Republican president, confirmed by a Republican Senate.
This list goes on and on.
On social media, the mockery was quick and cutting:
I’m enjoying the new Republican meme that Al Capone got a raw deal. https://t.co/aOjmroPZwk
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 24, 2018
Famously railroaded good guy Al Capone https://t.co/aEKwGfFQsa
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 24, 2018
you see dana al capone…
al capone well he was…
al capone was guilty danahttps://t.co/FVhHnIBe9b
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 24, 2018
Al Capone was guilty. https://t.co/RJYS7Vfg2n
— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) August 24, 2018
lol—Al Capone was a professional crook. like Trump https://t.co/LhmkBTy1KC
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) August 24, 2018
Is that a verb? Is Al Capone a verb now? Did I miss the memo?
— Kimberly Anderle (@Anerlin) August 24, 2018
The @NRA is now comparing Trump to mobster Al Capone.
Been hearing this a lot…
Al Capone was railroaded! He was innocent, I tells ya! He was a good man, helped a lot people, gave a lot of people a lot of good jobs, and the government didn’t like it! The Deep state got him!
— Kip Rogers (@amazingkip) August 24, 2018
The president is trying to al Capone the country
— I’ve been Kronked (@Teresav4) August 24, 2018