Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we all know what that means: Republicans completely misrepresenting everything the man ever did and said in a desperate attempt to align themselves with him and, by extension, goodness in general.
This year, The Federalist has taken a new tack. Tristan Justice — the notably ridiculous Federalist writer we last encountered when he was cursing Victoria’s Secret for ditching the “Angels” in favor of women of varying body types — started out with a reasonable request: This MLK Day, Remember How The FBI Targeted Him.
So the theory here, to be clear, is as follows:
1. The FBI investigated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. The FBI also investigated Donald Trump and the January 6 insurrectionists.
3. Therefore, Donald Trump and the insurrectionists are just like Martin Luther King and also this is the FBI doing the exact same thing it was doing in the 1950s and 60s to left-wing activists.
This would be a logical conclusion to make if these were the only three things ever investigated by the FBI. Alas, they are not. Using similar logic, I could say Trump kidnapped the Lindbergh baby or was D.B. Cooper or the Unabomber. And he’s certainly not smart enough to have been the Unabomber. But the FBI investigated all of them, so they must all be the same!