Ay Carumba! I mean... Oh dearie me!
Is this the great Clinton Campaign Counterpunch?
Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press.I don't want to copy the whole article here, you can read the rest of it at the link. It's pretty much TLDR, with lots of penny-ante details. In the National Post today, this was headlined "Melania Trump No Model Citizen".
The details of Mrs. Trump’s early paid modeling work in the U.S. emerged in the final days of a bitter presidential campaign in which her husband, Donald Trump, has taken a hard line on immigration laws and those who violate them. Trump has proposed broader use of the government’s E-verify system allowing employers to check whether job applicants are authorized to work. He has noted that federal law prohibits illegally paying immigrants.
Mrs. Trump, who received a green card in March 2001 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006, has always maintained that she arrived in the country legally and never violated the terms of her immigration status. During the presidential campaign, she has cited her story to defend her husband’s hard line on immigration.
The wife of the GOP presidential nominee, who sometimes worked as a model under just her first name, has said through an attorney that she first came to the U.S. from Slovenia on Aug. 27, 1996, on a B1/B2 visitor visa and then obtained an H-1B work visa on Oct. 18, 1996.
I'm not going to bother comparing the weight of the scandals being bruited about on the different sides. On the one side, Weinergate, 5 different countries hacking into Hillary Clinton's State Department emails, freaky sex and satanism, and on the other... late paperwork. You do the math.
But what I will mention is how this sort of story no longer works in the post-Alinsky era, which is where we are now. The first thing I thought when I saw the headline was "Who is this story for?" The tipoff is in the words "model citizen". Who is touting Melania Trump as a model citizen? Why, the Right, of course - the people who like her and are going to vote for her husband. In other words, the enemy. So this is a classic Alinsky attempt to "make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." It's saying, in effect, "You are against illegal immigration! She broke immigration rules! Now you have to turn against Trump and his wife because they broke the rules you say you support!"
Four years ago, this would have worked. It doesn't anymore. Now instead of letting the Left give the virtue assignment, we make the rules. And the answer to this little manoeuvre is "Oh, you mean she's just the same as those industrious Mexicans you're so concerned about? You'd better hurry and bring her "out of the shadows"! Quick, grant her citizenship? Oh, she's already a citizen. Well, maybe you can give her double citizenship."
Who knew it could be so easy to defang the Left? We should have done this years ago.