Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
It’s almost like they are overlooking relevant facts on purpose to push a narrative. Nah, couldn’t be.
If you got on political social media today, you probably witnessed about eight hours of freakout centered on Bill Barr hosting a party at the Trump Hotel in DC. Here’s a sampling of some of the flailing about that took place.
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) August 27, 2019
William Barr booked Trump’s D.C. hotel for a 200-person holiday party that is likely to deliver Trump’s business more than $30,000 in revenue.
Corruption in plain sight.https://t.co/oBLcYrQyhe
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) August 27, 2019
These headlines are one day apart. The corruption is becoming even more brazen. pic.twitter.com/NbONN7DX8c
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 27, 2019
Bill Barr . . . still sucking up In an unethical way. https://t.co/KqqhGJmjYo
— Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) August 27, 2019
Impeach him. Impeach every lawless Trump official. They don’t care and never will until held accountable. This is a smash & grab presidency. We are not helpless: tell every Member of Congress. https://t.co/KpoBBZ4nSs
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 27, 2019
From the headlines and the responses, you’d think Barr was evil incarnate, reaching a level of corruption never before seen in modern American politics. Taking DOJ money and using it to pay $30,000 to Donald Trump’s hotel? Beyond the pale.
Well, it would be if that was what actually happened.
If the Justice Dept. were paying for the party, that would be a problem. But Barr is paying out of his pocket. https://t.co/vtHvrw9pYv
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 27, 2019
So what’s really going on here? This wasn’t government money. It wasn’t funneling DOJ funds to Donald Trump or mixing business with pleasure. Rather, Bill Barr took his own money and booked a 4 hour party at Trump’s hotel for his friends and family, totaling about 200 attendees. Real scandalous stuff.
Wait, wait. Barr is paying for this party himself? How is it possible that nobody thought that part of the story was tweetworthy until now?
Fer cripessake, I saw journalists going on about DOJ paying the White House for a party for like six hours today. https://t.co/Ujxn7nVIaf
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) August 27, 2019
This entire outrage is stupid. Barr is free to spend his money as he wants. If he wants to burn a ridiculous sum on a Christmas party, more power to him. It wouldn’t be my choice, but it’s his money. The idea that this is corruption or a conflict of interest simply doesn’t add up. I saw one person suggest this was a “bribe.” Why would Barr need to bribe Trump? Wouldn’t it be the other way around if you buy into the conspiracy theories about them being in league together?
And does anyone think Trump cares about the few thousand dollars his business will clear after all the staff, food, and facility expenses are paid? Of course he doesn’t. The guy may not be as rich as he claims, but he’s still filthy rich.
I do like the fact that Barr seems to enjoy triggering these people. It’s refreshing to see a political appointee throw some shades on and ignore the woke mob for a change.
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