It has been made abundantly clear that Democrats and the media will seize upon anything even remotely suspicious regarding President Donald Trump — no matter how nonsensical. But President Trump just flipped the script to this predecessor in that regard, according to Fox News.
The president suggested in a tweet earlier this week that there should be just as much concern over former President Barack Obama’s lucrative book deals and the Obamas’ Netflix production contract as there is over his own business dealings.
Trump calls for probe into Obama
In a pair of tweets on Monday, Trump lamented how much money and time has been wasted by Democrats looking into anything and everything he had ever done in search of something that could be used against him before suggesting that the same sort of attention should be aimed at Obama and his recent post-White House windfall.
“House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent — ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION. So they say, OK, let’s look at everything else, and all of the deals that ‘Trump’ has done over his lifetime,” Trump lamented on Monday.
“But it doesn’t…work that way,” the president added. “I have a better idea. Look at the Obama [b]ook [d]eal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the ‘Congressional Slush Fund,’ and lastly the IG [Inspector General] [r]eports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!”
Speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One on Wednesday, the president was asked what he thought congressional investigators might find if they looked into Obama’s book deal and Netflix deal.
His reply revealed that everyone missed the point of his tweet days earlier: he didn’t necessarily suspect anything criminal or unethical was involved, but asserted that such an investigation would be similar to the utter nonsense that House Democrats and media reporters were so vociferously digging into.
“So I think somebody should — if they’re going to be looking at me over nonsense, they should certainly be looking at that also,” Trump said.
Turnabout is fair play
Fox noted that Barack and Michelle Obama signed a multi-year deal with Netflix for an undisclosed sum — likely in the tens of millions of dollars — for their newly-created Higher Ground Productions company to create several series and documentaries that would be exclusive to the streaming service.
In 2017, shortly after exiting the White House, the Obamas also inked a deal with Penguin Random House for each of them to write and release a memoir. Michelle Obama’s book Becoming was released in 2018 — reportedly with a $65 million advance — while the former president’s book isn’t scheduled for release until 2020, likely with another hefty advance in anticipation of future sales.
To be sure, other than being incredibly hypocritical given the Obamas’ past tendency to slam capitalism and wealth accumulation, there doesn’t appear to be anything overtly untoward about those deals.
That is the point, however, as Trump’s similarly unassuming business deals have been torn apart and picked through ad nauseam by investigators — and turnabout is definitely fair play in this case.