During the 2016 campaign, Melania Trump put the nation on notice–if you attack her husband, he’ll hit back “ten times harder.” Donald Trump has more than backed up that vow, going ballistic at the tiniest perceived slight. But all too often, whenever Trump or someone acting in his name takes a swing at someone, it backfires. A classic case came when a prominent Trump fixer tried to smear one of his dear one’s biggest gadflies as an unrepentant harasser of women. But there’s one problem–it isn’t true.
Lately, one of the more prominent faces in the Trump campaign is Arthur Schwartz, a longtime Republican PR consultant with very close ties to a number of people in Trump’s inner circle, such as Donald Trump Jr., Steve Bannon and Richard Grenell. He has become particularly close to Donald Jr., serving as his de facto gatekeeper.
Much like longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen, Schwartz has been known to get very nasty whenever he feels someone has slighted one of his friends. According to The Daily Beast, anyone who gets on Schwartz’ bad side can expect a barrage of ugly emails, tweets, texts and/or phone calls whenever he feels they’ve unjustly attacked his buddies. Inevitably, these tactics have sometimes backfired. For instance, he was forced to apologize to Reince Priebus after taking to Twitter to falsely accuse Trump’s first White House chief of staff of having an affair.
But that doesn’t seem to have lessened Schwartz’ tendency to spew alternative facts and outright lies in a manner that would do his dear one proud. We got a lovely example of this on Tuesday. When Trump wailed that those mean old Democrats were urging officials in his home state of New York to join them in their campaign of “presidential harassment,” Schwartz wondered why they didn’t show the same vigor with one of Trump’s most prominent tormentors, former New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
For those who don’t recall, Schneiderman resigned in May 2018 after four women came forward to claim that he had physically assaulted them. The Trump camp undoubtedly saw this as payback, as Schneiderman had already established himself as one of the few people who isn’t afraid to face Trump head-on in court.
Schneiderman forced Trump to cough up $25 million to settle numerous lawsuits against Trump University after accusing it of fraud. He also effectively drove the Trump Foundation out of existence after uncovering a litany of illegal and unethical conduct. At the time of his resignation, Schneiderman was overseeing an extensive investigation into potential criminal behavior by Trump, complete with a dedicated full-time prosecutor.
What Schwartz doesn’t want you to know is that Schneiderman actually was investigated. A review by Madeline Singas, the district attorney for Nassau County on Long Island, found that Schneiderman’s accusers were credible. However, Singas concluded that the statutes of limitations had run out, making prosecution impossible. What Schwartz also doesn’t want you to know is that Schneiderman, unlike Trump, actually had the decency to accept responsibility for his misdeeds. In other words, with apologies to Politifact, Schwartz is Pants on Fire wrong.
Schwartz hasn’t said anything further on the matter. That may be because he’s devoting much of his time to helping raise money to dig up dirt on Trump’s critics in the media. If his attack on Schneiderman is any indication, we can expect this campaign to feature a lot of alternative facts and a lot of outright lies. After all, like any good fixer, Schwartz doesn’t appear to be willing to let such things as facts dissuade him.
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