When controversial moments happen in American politics, public figures who are either looked to for comment on such matters or who are otherwise prone to giving their .02 whether you like it or not have three options:
They can state their opinions honestly no matter what the political repercussions may be, or they can join the braying mobs because it’s the easier and more expedient thing to do.
The third option would be a little bit of both, which is where we find ourselves with newly-minted “View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who has been making her new-found Never Trump pals super-envious of late considering all the attention she’s gotten in recent weeks with her predictable hot takes on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and her frequent appearances on CNN, where she is now in the coveted “political contributor” role that former seemingly principled Republicans sometimes take to once their lucrative gravy trains have come to a screeching halt.
Griffin was on CNN’s low-rated “New Day” program Tuesday morning alongside the show’s co-hosts and other guests, where the hot topic of the day was of course the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday night.
To those who are well-familiar with how intelligence agencies have been politicized and weaponized over the last several decades, in particular over the last six years or so, the raid wasn’t shocking. It was the sheer brazenness of it that threw Republicans for a loop, however.
But not Farah. When she was asked about the raid by “New Day” co-host John Berman, Griffin fretted about how it was a “good day” for Trump and talked about how she was praying this was about more than just Trump “not complying with some archiving laws,” otherwise “DOJ just handed Donald Trump the Republican [nomination] and potentially the presidency. If it’s seen as some sort of massive overreach and not something incredibly serious [like something related to national security], this is a very good day for Donald Trump.”
Watch (starts at about the 1:25 mark):
JUST NOW: "This, I'm hoping, goes beyond simply not complying with some archiving laws, or DOJ just handed Donald Trump the Republican nominee and potentially the presidency."
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 9, 2022
Not mentioned in Farah’s remarks? Any concern about how all signs point to this raid being a calculated pre-election move:
Incredible. @Alyssafarah isn’t hoping the former President was raided for a trivial dispute over documents not because it would signal an unprecedented politicization and overreach by the DOJ and FBI. But rather because it might help Donald Trump. https://t.co/zjbAVCLGcs
— a newsman (@a_newsman) August 9, 2022
All one has to do is watch the interview Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gave on Rachel Maddow’s program on MSNBC Monday night, and contrast it with what he said in January 2017 shortly before Trump took office about how the intelligence community was big mad at Donald Trump, noting they would take revenge accordingly – in order to know what’s really going on here.
“You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” Schumer stated at the time.
As far as Griffin goes, I think she’s stating her “honest” opinion (about as “honest” as grifter’s opinion can be) in that her concern here is not the abuse of power and banana republic nature of what happened but instead that this makes the potential path to the presidency in 2024 a lot easier for Trump. And if that’s the case, it says a lot about her, with none of it being good.
Naturally, this “honest opinion” just so happens to conveniently line up with the presumed opinions of her fellow “View” co-hosts and CNN colleagues.
If you’re a “principled Republican” who is legitimately unhappy with how Trump handled himself in the three months after the 2020 presidential election, that’s one thing. But if you’re a supposedly “principled Republican” whose primary focus after an unprecedented overreach against one is not about that overreach but instead on how it stands to help the Republican you don’t like, then you’re confirming in no uncertain terms that you’re not a “principled Republican” at all.
Of course, we knew this a long time ago about Griffin, but her “New Day” comments leave no further doubt as to what her game ultimately is.
As they say, once a grifter always a grifter.