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… https://t.co/oJProVNYVj— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1533137747.0
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 (@Jeet Heer) 1535124008.0
Famously railroaded good guy Al Capone https://t.co/aEKwGfFQsa— Patrick Monahan (@Patrick Monahan) 1535122939.0
Al Capone was guilty. https://t.co/RJYS7Vfg2n— Tom Tomorrow is so very tired (@Tom Tomorrow is so very tired) 1535122586.0
lol—Al Capone was a professional crook. like Trump https://t.co/LhmkBTy1KC— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert) 1535123522.0
@mmfa Is that a verb? Is Al Capone a verb now? Did I miss the memo?— FireSong (@FireSong) 1535132452.0
The @NRA is now comparing Trump to mobster Al Capone. Bizarrely, they think this is a defense. https://t.co/5le53RjuT4— Eric "Hot Spot" Turkewitz (@Eric "Hot Spot" Turkewitz) 1535123270.0
@mmfa Al Capone was railroaded! He was innocent, I tells ya! He was a good man, helped a lot people, gave a lot of… https://t.co/wbiym0Ayk5— Kip Rogers (@Kip Rogers) 1535131194.0
@mmfa The president is trying to al Capone the country— 😷Get science, not the 🦠😷 (@😷Get science, not the 🦠😷) 1535131304.0