Trump threatened to prosecute the opposition, but these Democrats actually did

by WorldTribune Staff, October 11, 2016

During the Oct. 9 presidential debate, Donald Trump said as president he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material.

The major media, which overwhelmingly opposed the GOP candidate, likened Trump’s comments to a dictator threatening to jail a political opponent. Vox even labeled it a “threat to democracy.”

David Daleiden
David Daleiden

Such Trump critics “seem to be forgetting that throwing the book at one’s political opponents is what Democrats do all the time,” Bre Payton wrote for The Federalist in an Oct. 10 piece that listed 16 incidences of Democrats who actually attempted to prosecute their opponents.

Included on the list were felony indictments against Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Robert McConnnell on charges that were easy but very expensive to challenge.

Topping the list was David Daleiden.

“After publishing undercover footage of Planned Parenthood harvesting organs from the bodies of aborted babies and discussing agreements to sell those baby organs, Daleiden became public enemy number one for Democrats,” Payton wrote. “A Texas district attorney tried to charge Daleiden and his investigative partner for organ trafficking, a misdemeanor, and tampering with a government record, a felony.

“From the beginning, the case against Daleiden showed obvious conflicts of interest. As The Federalist reported, ‘the district attorney who indicted Daleiden has received more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from the defense attorney for abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has been described as the Kermit Gosnell of Texas.’

“California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who had Daleiden’s home raided after the videos emerged, had financial ties with Planned Parenthood,” Payton noted.

The charges against Daleiden were eventually dropped, after it was discovered the prosecutor “illegally shared evidence against Daleiden with Planned Parenthood, even though the Texas Attorney General’s office explicitly prohibited it.”

Advocates for “sex-protected bathrooms” and bakers who refused to make cakes for gay weddings also made the list.

“The Obama administration threatened to defund schools that didn’t want to allow transgender students to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and overnight sleeping quarters with children of the opposite biological sex,” Payton wrote.

“The edict was aimed at crushing dissent from Republican lawmakers who have pushed back against new regulations to force schools, private businesses, and churches into following the trans agenda with little public discussion or allowance for multiple ways to accommodate all parties.”

A Denver-area cake baker, Jack Phillips, “became an enemy of the state” after he refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

According to a report by The Blaze: “Phillips and his attorneys have argued that the baker simply declined to make a cake that violates his Christian beliefs, and that he would similarly reject ‘cakes with offensive written messages and cakes celebrating events or ideas that violate his beliefs, including cakes celebrating Halloween, anti-American or anti-family themes, atheism, racism, or indecency.’

Payton wrote that, “nonetheless, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission has mandated that he must bake cakes for all weddings, even those he objects to for religious reasons, and that he must ‘re-educate’ his staff and keep records for two years to prove he’s complying with state law. In an effort to avoid further legal punishment, Philips no longer bakes wedding cakes.”

See for the full list.