Oh what a wild and appropriate tale this has become, as Joe Biden’s classified document scandal has now surpassed Donald Trump’s in both geography and time, forcing honest politicians to out themselves for our bemusement on television.
We now have the closest thing to comparing apples to apples to a scandal. Sure, this isn’t exactly commensurate, but it’s not terribly far off, (unless Trump’s declassification declaration is recognized). It’s not as far away as, say, apples and pears, but more like Red Delicious to Granny Smith.
And so must now have the rare pleasure of watching politicians who wanted Trump harangued for his document scandal dance around in their devotion to the Democratic cause, trying to recuse themselves from the conversation.
Such is the case already this week, as one lawmaker began infecting the narrative with a flat-out conspiracy theory.
Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he isn’t ruling out foul play in the discovery of classified documents found in President Joe Biden’s possession, suggesting they could have been planted.
Johnson really seemed to be buying the idea.
“Alleged classified documents showing up allegedly in the possession of Joseph Biden… I’m suspicious of the timing of it,” Johnson told Fox News’ Hilary Vaughn on Thursday after a second batch of documents was found in the president’s garage in Wilmington, Delaware. “I’m also aware of the fact that things can be planted on people… things can be planted in places and then discovered conveniently. That may be what has occurred here. I’m not ruling that out. But I’m open in terms of the investigation needs to be investigated.”
Of course, these are the same Democrats that scoffed at the possibility that the FBI would have planted documents at Mar-a-Lago.
And so begins one of those circulatory news cycles where a vast majority of our lawmakers take a credibility hit, and a cheap one at that, as they look to defend one of their own, or as they reach for the torches and pitchfork. It’s cleansing, in a way, as it lets a little bit of the hypocrisy bubble up and out of the swampy soup.
Of course, we must also remind ourselves how often the left insulted and demeaned so-called “conspiracy theorists” during the Trump years, while Johnson turns down toward the toxic rabbit hole just weeks later.