The game’s afoot: MAGA Inc., a Donald Trump-associated super PAC, has lodged a formal complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics against Ron DeSantis. The complaint alleges that the Florida governor is in breach of ethics laws by running for president without officially declaring. Cockburn detects a whiff of hypocrisy here: for a man who is always claiming to be the victim of legal warfare, Trump seems to be as willing as anyone to wield the sword of the law.
The complaint argues that DeSantis is “leveraging his elected office and breaching his associated duties in a coordinated effort to develop his national profile, enrich himself and his political allies and influence the national electorate.” A DeSantis official dismissed the claims as “frivolous and politically motivated attacks.” Handbags at dawn!
A very similar complaint was sent to the Federal Election Commission almost exactly a year ago. In case it was a left-wing group going after… Donald Trump. The Washington Post quotes the Trump campaign at the time describing the complaint as “a cheap gimmick” which indicated that the party of Biden “has become a dumpster fire that’s void of solutions and substance.” Cockburn is at pains to point out that solutions and substance are not necessarily abundant in the Trump campaign either.
The former president has long portrayed himself as the target of legal action designed to circumvent the ballot box and take him down. And not without cause: having been through everything from Russiagate and the first impeachment trial to the FEC action and everything in between, you would have thought Trump might think twice before dabbling in lawsuit politics. Alas, apparently not. To Cockburn, Trump’s resorting to these tactics indicate one thing: the Donald is getting jittery. Surprising, considering his heavy poll lead against a thus far undeclared candidate…