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Opinion | Trump administration corruption shouldn’t surprise anyone in Alabama

Corruption written on torn paper

Congratulations, America, the Trump administration has done it!

In less than one presidential term, Trump and his assorted band of goons, drifters, conmen and carnival barkers have managed to turn the United States of America into a larger version of Alabama. 

Now all of you can get a little taste of the incompetency, corruption, ignorance, racism, homophobia and the daily what-in-the-ever-lovin’-hell feeling that we all live with here in the Heart of Dixie. 

Not to pat myself on the back, but I predicted this steady march towards Alabamization when the Orange Clown was elected president and immediately tabbed Jeff Sessions as his AG and took that ghoul Stephen Miller along with him. 

That was before the Mueller Report, before the multiple indictments and before we found out that the president of the United States paid hush money to a porn star. 

It honestly wasn’t a hard prediction to make from this seat here in the most corrupt state in the country. 

You simply can’t put that many corrupt, unqualified, greedy and just plain dumb people under one roof — even the extra large one at the White House — and it not result in corruption chaos. 

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The likes of which only Alabama knows. 

Because, you see, before you had Donald J. Trump and his traveling band of misfits, we had Mike Hubbard, Bob Riley, Robert Bentley, Luther Strange, Roy Moore and Oliver Robinson. 

We had the two-year college scandal, the Luv Guv, the Hubbard trial, the North Birmingham Superfund scandal and the general everyday shenanigans that would be huge stories anywhere else. 

What’s happening in D.C., pfft, that’s a normal Tuesday in the spring for us. 

I mean, drumming up “investigation scandals” to hurt a political opponent? Ha! We’ve been doing that for years. 

We literally accidentally impeached a governor using the same tactics. Gov. Guy Hunt was never supposed to be booted out of office. He wasn’t even supposed to be really investigated. His political rivals just conjured up a phony ethics investigation to force him to see things their way. And then, oops. 

We’ve been manufacturing phony scandals like that for so long that no one even batted an eye when Hubbard — a man indicted by a grand jury on 23 counts — tried to claim that’s why he was being prosecuted. The jurors heard that, giggled, and found him guilty of 12. 

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Oh, and you think an AG carrying the water for a president and a political party, instead of following the law, is big news? 

Give me a break, rookies. We invented that move. 

Our AGs haven’t followed the laws in years. Most of them haven’t even read law books. They just skimmed a John Grisham novel while in line to buy a porn magazine at a bookstore. (In another town, of course.) 

You think it’s bad that ol’ Willie Barr is blindly defending the president and rubber stamping any decision Trump makes? 

In Alabama, Luther Strange was blindly signing pre-written letters from a law firm working for a coal company that was under EPA investigation for poisoning children for decades in Birmingham. 

And if you think Barr’s protections of Trump’s racist acts is noteworthy, try this on: 

Jeff Sessions, who received his training in Racist AG’ing while working as our AG in the 90s (you’re welcome, America), once took the extraordinary step of blocking a lawsuit that would have resulted in equitable funding of public schools, even the ones in predominantly black districts. Sessions used the majority of the AG’s budget to fight that case for years. 

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Maybe it’s unfit Supreme Court justices that’s troubling you. 

Our chief justice was Roy Moore. Twice. 

I rest my case. 

A lack of morals and honesty at the very top bothering you? 

Three of our past four governors have gone to prison. And everyone pretty much agrees that the fourth guy — the one who didn’t go to jail — was the most corrupt of them all. 

This is the America you can expect until this clown show comes to a close. It’s the America you get when your interest is solely in providing a haven for rich, white, Christian males. 

It is the America you get when your morals revolve around serving yourself first and last. It is the America you get when greed is deemed good and helping the least of us is deemed SOCIALISM! 

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And we know how that America turns out. 

Just like Alabama.


Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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