The only reason the media is talking about the Hunter Biden laptop story is that they want to get it out of the way before the midterm elections, Dan Backer said on the Todd Starnes Show.
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TODD STARNES: [01:02:24] I want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line, Dan Backer joins us, a veteran political counsel and also a conservative activist and great writer. Dan, good to have you on the program. [01:02:33][9.2]
DAN BACKER: [01:02:35] Thanks for having me, Todd. [01:02:35][0.7]
STARNES: [01:02:36] So, Dan, I want to get your reaction here to this report out of the Washington Examiner. Were you surprised by the findings and the punishment? [01:02:45][8.8]
BACKER: [01:02:47] Well, we weren’t surprised that they found them guilty, because they were. We saw that complaint. The evidence is very clear. We’re a little disappointed in the size of the penalty involved, but unfortunately it’s largely driven by a formula related to the amount of money, and I’m very annoyed about the fact that they decided to give a pass to some of the other criminals involved in this, particularly Christopher Steele and the others and not pursue that. Frankly, I think they ought to be looked at for other similar potentially criminal violations of campaign finance law. Well, it’s a good day, because we held her accountable at least somewhat. [01:03:25][38.3]
STARNES: [01:03:26] At the same time, though, I mean, you’ve got the media, you have the Democrats out there perpetrating this lie about Donald Trump being some sort of an agent of the Russians. This is just heinous. And I do wonder if Trump is going to be able to get any movement on this lawsuit he’s filed against Hillary. [01:03:42][15.9]
BACKER: [01:03:44] Well, it’s an interesting question. I definitely think there are grounds that he may have with respect to Clinton and the Clinton campaign. There’s not really that much you can do with the media in terms of liability there, because they can just argue that they didn’t know it was false. And look, why would they think it was false? But it’s going to be an interesting case to watch unfold. Unfortunately, it will take years to unravel in the courts. But, you know, every step we take to hold these criminals accountable is a good step. [01:04:18][33.6]
STARNES: [01:04:19] I know that you’ve been out there and you’re a prolific tweeter, which is a great thing in our book, Dan. And you’ve been out there saying, hey, Trump has not done anything wrong here. He has not broken the law. [01:04:32][12.4]
BACKER: [01:04:34] Yeah. Well, you know, I did a tweet about this a couple of years ago when they started bringing up this whole Ukraine thing and the Russia collusion, and actually they were impeaching him for abuse of power, I think was what they charged him with. I just pointed out, I mean, you can go to the Federal Criminal Code, there’s no such law, there’s no such crime. They’re just making it up. I mean, it was the worst kind of politics. And it’s a shame. I think it’s really awful. But President Trump, I think he is something like 63 and 0 in terms of beating the Federal Election Commission on these ridiculous charges that have been levied against him by Democrats. And so, I think it really speaks to the fact that are these are competent, serious people who know how to do their work and do it legally and they have legal counsel. They did it right from the get-go. And so, it’s very frustrating where, you know, for them to be constantly assaulted. Whereas Hillary, you know, the lawyers who approved the illegal transaction, the lawyers were representing them in the FEC investigation of the illegal transactions. They’re witnesses to the crime, and yet they’re still the ones doing it. It’s a very different culture over there. [01:05:45][70.6]
STARNES: [01:05:45] Dan Backer on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. Dan, we’re seeing the revelations coming out now. I mean, you know, the media, I think they’ve known all along, they knew what Hunter was doing. They knew what Biden was doing, and they were holding this for a specific reason. Are you surprised to see the mainstream media now coming out and affirming and acknowledging that the laptop was real, and it was not part of this Russia disinformation campaign? [01:06:11][25.2]
BACKER: [01:06:12] No, I mean, eventually it was going to happen. The timing’s a little interesting. I would imagine there is more of a desire to push the bad news down the road. But I think the lesson is the media is looking at the tea leaves. They look at the same polling and national trends that we see. It is going to be an absolute bloodbath in November for the Democrats. And in that kind of environment, there’s probably a guess that, hey, you know, rather than try to push this past the election and get it out of the way then, let’s just get it out now. How much worse can it possibly be? Not a terrible theory, I don’t know, but it’s just frustrating. You know, when I grew up, responsibility in reporting and journalism it mattered. You know, you checked your sources you were involved in and understanding the truth of what you were putting out there. And it’s just become a propaganda mill. They pump up the left. They downplay anything that’s conservative and Republican. They covered for the Hunter Biden laptop. I mean, the pornography and the orgies that Hunter Biden had and the images on his own laptop. I think that alone was the story, but they decided to cover it up, because they made that mistake with Hillary. They talked about the Hillary laptop scandal that broke just before the 2016 election. They saw the damage it did, and they tried everything they could successfully to cover it up this time. [01:07:34][81.1]
STARNES: [01:07:34] Alright, Dan, we’re going to have to leave it there. Good insight. And again, folks, we have a link to that Washington Examiner story. FEC fines DNC and Clinton for Trump dossier hoax also have links to Dan’s social media pages over on the live show blog. Dan, appreciate you coming on today. [01:07:50][15.5]
BACKER: [01:07:51] Anytime. Thanks for having me. [01:07:52][1.1]