Democrats are repeating the same mistake Republicans made attacking former President Bill Clinton in the late ’90s over Monica Lewinsky, Dick Morris, a top adviser for President Clinton, said Sunday.
“There is no blue wave coming,” Morris told “The Cats Roundtable” on 970 AM-N.Y. “There is a red wave – and what makes it red is the blood of the Democratic Party.”
Like the Democratic rise in the late ’90s against the attacking GOP seeking Clinton impeachment, Morris’ belief is “Democrats are overplaying their hand” attacking President Donald Trump on scandals instead of focusing on issues heading into the midterm elections this November.
“I think that they see fool’s gold in these scandals,” Morris told host John Catsimatidis. “They are putting everything behind the Stormy Daniels scandal and Michael Cohen . . . and the country doesn’t give a damn.”
Morris pointed to the rise in President Trump’s approval ratings in recent weeks with the misplaced political focus.
“Since the Stormy Daniels scandal started, Trump’s approval rating has gone from 40 to 45 [percent],” Morris said. “From the beginning of the year it has gone from 37 to 45 [percent]. And the advantage of the Democrats over the Republicans in the House elections has been cut more than in half.
“[The Democrats] are going down the same trap, the same sort of fool’s gold that deceived the Republicans in 1998, is now luring the Democrats into making the same mistake this year.”
Morris also ripped into the attacks on Cohen’s payments from lobbyists, regardless of whether they are Russian, because Cohen has no true U.S. political influence like Bill and Hillary Clinton did – and the same Russian oligarch donated to the Clinton Foundation, he said.
“[Russians] gave [Cohen] $500,000 apparently to invest – that probably was a pay off and probably was to buy Cohen’s influence as a lobbyist on Trump – unfortunately, that’s fairly routine in Washington,” Morris admitted. “There’s nothing illegal about it. But that same guy, Viktor Vekselberg – the same Russian oligarch who gave Cohen $500,000 – gave Bill and Hillary Clinton $100,000 for the Clinton Foundation and another $25,000.
“The prosecutor, [Robert] Mueller, completely ignores the payoffs to the Clintons, but he is focusing like crazy on the payoffs to Michael Cohen, who has no influence, as opposed to the Clintons, one of whom was secretary of state and the other is a former president.”
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