Thanks to disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI colleague Lisa Page, Congressional Democrats and many in the media have given us a new standard and guideline on how to judge hateful comments against groups of Americans by those in positions of power and influence: the “Strzok Doctrine.”
According to that school of thought, as long as hateful comments and bias do not influence conduct or the outcome of an investigation, then the speaker or purveyor of the hate is free to express anything, regardless how vile, against any person or group including those he or she might be investigating, work with, or over whom they have authority.
I will keep that in mind the next time a Democratic member of Congress, state or local politician, or civil rights leader yells racism or discrimination when some public or private sector administrator or law enforcement official makes or texts some racist, sexist, or homophobic message.
Thanks to Congressional Democrats, black and Hispanics included, bigots now have the new “Strzok Doctrine”: “All I did was express my personal opinion which is my right. It had no impact on my decision or conduct toward that person, those people, the outcome of the investigation or how I run the office or agency.”
So, what if a policeman texts a derogatory slur about blacks, Hispanics, or gays to a colleague or hangs a noose in the locker room as long as it doesn’t impact how he treats the black, Hispanic, or gay citizens he is sworn to serve and protect?
At least Lois Lerner did not put her negative views against conservative groups in writing before she had the IRS go after them because she despised their political views.
In Miami-Dade County, Florida, a Circuit court judge has resigned from the bench rather than face possible expulsion after coming under attack for making racial slurs against blacks.
As the Chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission concluded: “The use of racially derogatory and demeaning language to describe litigants, criminal defendants or members of the public, even behind closed doors or during off-the- record conversations, erodes public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary.”
But, apparently, Democrats defending Strzok’s use of derogatory and demeaning language would disagree if the language did not impact the Judge’s decisions.
To phrase it another way, should a black or Jewish criminal defendant be confident if he is told that the KKK members of a jury can put their bias against blacks and Jews aside and reach a fair verdict? Under the Strzok Doctrine, a Klan juror’s bigotry is acceptable if it doesn’t impact his decision on guilt or innocence.
I am amazed how Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees were so insensitive to these realities. They defended Strzok and his more-than-a colleague friend Lisa Page saying that their hateful biased comments against candidate and President-Elect Trump and his supporters had no impact on the outcome of their investigations.
It was embarrassing watching them, especially the black members, treating Strzok like a long-lost hero in the war against Trump as they created a new standard of turning a blind eye to slurs against a group of people just because of their political beliefs.
Looking like elephants in a circus parade grabbing each other’s tails with their trunks, Democrats rallied to his defense in an orchestrated effort to create confusion and attack the president.
They became his personal cheering and hit squad even applauding his answers. One Texas Congressman, Steve Cohen, went so far as to suggest that he deserved the “Purple Heart” for which he was strongly criticized by veterans.
But notice what Democrats did not say. I may have missed it, but I do not recall any of the Democrats on the Committees or in Congress criticizing Strzok’s comments that he could "SMELL the Trump support" at a Southern Virginia Walmart or describing Trump supporters as “ignorant hillbillies.”
That’s not surprising. As we have seen from Hillary’s comments about the “deplorables,” it is apparent that much of the left, most liberal Democrats, and their media elite friends look down their noses at Trump supporters and hardworking Americans who are not among the coastal elites. Just imagine what Strzok, Page, and their Democrat and media friends say about black Trump supporters.
I would wager that their tunes would change if a Republican official had said that he got a strong “Obama Smell” when he went to a black restaurant or drove through a black neighborhood. Would they have the same forgiving attitude?
History and reality have shown blacks that racism and bigotry in the hearts and minds of policy and decision makers usually results in racist, bigoted, and discriminatory outcomes.
Unfortunately, Democrats and their media allies are too busy engaging in a lovefest with Strzok to see the parallels between his hateful comments and those of people who utter racial, sexual, or homophobic slurs against other groups of Americans.
Under the Democrats’ and Trump Resistance’s new “Strzok Doctrine,” one is free to make hateful and bigoted comments as long as they do not have any proven impact on outcomes.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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