President Donald Trump ran his campaign on accusing Hillary Clinton of being “crooked” for using a private email server for government business. Now it seems Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has done the same thing, and Democrats are pouncing on an opportunity to give Trump a taste of his own medicine.
“Crooked Ivanka! But her emails!” attorney and former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers told CNN on Monday. He told host Chris Cuomo that Republicans didn’t really care about Clinton’s emails in the 2016 campaign.
“All they wanted to do was persecute her night in and night out, chanting, ‘Lock her up! Lock her up!’ It was something good and red meat for the base, but they really didn’t care. Now you have Ivanka doing the same thing, and we’re gonna hear complete silence.”
“So I am tired of the hypocrisy,” he added. “The American people are tired of the hypocrisy. So either we’re gonna begin to chant ‘lock her up’ and investigate her from here until the cows come home, or we’re just gonna say that we were hypocritical and Hillary Clinton’s matter was not that serious.”
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“Crooked Ivanka!… Right now, it’s hypocrisy showing its ugly head.”
CNN’s @Bakari_Sellers on similarities between reports Ivanka Trump used her personal email for gov't business and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 email scandal. https://t.co/E23ZKU0ya6 pic.twitter.com/xI1fRaemyl
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) November 20, 2018
As first reported by The Washington Post, records revealed Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of government emails from a private account, violating the federal records rules. The emails were sent in 2017 right after her father took office following a campaign in which he spoke out against Clinton’s use of a private email server.
In a statement to the Post, a spokesperson for Ivanka Trump’s attorney said:
While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family.
Sellers isn’t buying the excuse.
“To say that Ivanka Trump doesn’t know or is ignorant of policy — the perfect example is Hillary Clinton. Her father was out there chanting, ‘Lock her up,'” Sellers said. “[…] So to say she’s not aware that she should not use a private email address, I think, is intellectually dishonest.”