FOX Business News host Lou Dobb’s political attack on SC Senator Lindsey Graham, for deferring until after the Presidential Election a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Trump spun Obamagate scandal, may have come close to violating the federal in-kind contribution limits to the reelection campaign of President Donald Trump.
Lou Dobbs on Graham and Obamagate [VIDEO]
The Wrap writes:
For those keeping track of political beefs, add Republicans Lou Dobbs and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to your list. Because on Friday’s episode of his Fox Business show, Dobbs fumed about how much he thinks Graham sucks, and openly urged people in Graham’s home state to not vote for him in the 2020 election.
The anti-Graham rant happened while Dobbs was complaining about one of the big pet issues among the right: the evidence-free accusations that recent efforts by Twitter and Facebook to limit the spread of misinformation and dangerous conspiracy theories somehow amounts to censorship of Republicans.
GOP senators have been threatening to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, but on Friday Graham told reporters that they are close to a deal in which the two would voluntarily testify in early November, after the 2020 election has ended.
That came as a pretty big blow to Dobbs, who criticized Graham for “not subpoenaing the left-wing heads of the censorships Twitter and Facebook until after the election,” and sarcastically called him a “courageous senator who is so concerned with our first amendment rights and Americans’ right to know.”
That’s when Dobbs straight up said people shouldn’t vote for Graham. “I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said.
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Comment. Dobbs is playing with fire.
Trump, who wants Graham to schedule the hearings before the election, has made it part of his campaign narrative and messaging for Graham to hold the hearings on Obamagate before the election, and not to defer them until after the election.
Obviously, it is part of Trump’s campaign strategy to throw dirt at Vice President Joe Biden for what Trump claims was a conspiracy by the Obama Administration to destroy his 2016 election campaign with what he calls a sham FBI investigation of his campaign ties to Russia.
For Dobbs to spin essentially the same campaign narrative and message in a regular FOX Business News broadcast, under the guise of attacking Graham’s reelection bid in South Carolina for his Senate seat, certainly seems to be the kind of “coordination” between Dobbs and the Trump campaign which could make the broadcast an in-kind political contribution under federal lae.
The End. As the Presidential Election gets closer, Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs seems to have been carrying more political water for President Donald Trump on his business news show than he has been broadcasting business, economic and stock market trends information.
This segment should at least warrant an official investigation.
Rex Chapman @RexChapman (Twitter)
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