Jeffrey Lord was a member of the Reagan administration, and is currently a writer and contributor to several political publications. He’s also known as ‘The Trump Defender.’
He was on CNN talking about Kellyanne Conway’s comments about Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, in which she not only endorsed the line, but also encouraged others to buy it, a violation of federal law.
According to Jeffrey Lord, no one cares. People only care when it benefits them politically to [pretend to] care.
Trump shill or not, I actually agree with him. Americans, politicians, media pundits – they don’t actually care. If it’s a member of their own party who’s technically violated a law, they’ll make it sound like it’s a dumb law, and that other people have broken that law too, so it’s not that big of a deal. Think Hillary Clinton and her private server, on which she conducted official government business, including confidential information. Democrats characterized the investigation as a witch hunt on the part of Republicans.
But if it’s someone on the other team, then it doesn’t matter how seemingly small or dumb the law was, that person should be drawn and quartered for breaking it.
Case in point: Kellyanne Conway’s endorsement of Ivanka’s clothing line. Democrats and the media are acting like it was an egregious crime that she committed.
POPPY HARLOW (CO-HOST): Do you think, Jeffrey, that Kellyanne Conway owed an apology to the president for that?
JEFFREY LORD: I’m sure she probably felt that way, but to be candid, I think this whole thing is ridiculous. And it goes to the broader point here —
HARLOW: Why is it ridiculous, Jeffrey? Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, along with Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the Government Ethics Office saying this is a clear violation of the ethics code.
LORD: I understand. Poppy, this is emblematic of an anti-private sector feeling that has control of Washington, sometimes, frankly, in both parties. What about the politicians who use their office for political profit to run for another office? Why don’t we start looking at how the political system works here instead of just the private sector.
HARLOW: Jeffrey Lord, that’s not OK. Does it make this OK? Does it make it OK for Kellyanne Conway to use time paid for by the American taxpayer to hawk clothing of the president’s daughter and tell people they should buy that? Does that make any sense?
LORD: Kellyanne did not profit from this. Period. She’s not Ivanka Trump. This is not like Ivanka was secretary of state and stood up there and said buy my stuff. This is somebody else saying it.
JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): But, Jeffrey, Jeffrey, just to be clear, just to be clear, Kellyanne Conway is being paid with taxpayer dollars. Is it OK for our taxpayer dollars, yours, Governor Granholm’s, to be paying a senior adviser to the president to be selling clothes and accessories from the White House?
LORD: John, John, no one cares. No one cares unless they’ve got something politically to profit from it. No one cares out here in America. We’ve got ISIS. We’ve got the economy. We’ve got all these things. This is exactly the kind of thing that is emblematic of what’s wrong with how Washington operates.
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