In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, both right-wing and mainstream media outlets relentlessly hammered Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. The media feeding frenzy surrounding “Her Emails” turned a bureaucratic rule-breaking story into a national crisis, and—along with Comey’s ill-timed letter announcing they were taking another look at the case—might have swung the election to Donald Trump.
So you can imagine how the gasping pearl-graspers concerned with proper intergovernmental email management reacted when the news broke that Ivanka Trump, White House Advisor to President Daddy, had been using her personal email account for official government business.
Oh right, no one cared.
After declaring Clinton public enemy number one for daring to use personal email, Fox News couldn’t even be bothered to write a single story on the issue.
Let's play "Spot The Difference"… pic.twitter.com/b2mRZL0Ab9
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 20, 2018
And when Fox News finally did address the issue, they made sure to let their readers know it was totally NBD.
hey folks good news pic.twitter.com/LeYNIrVMEn
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 21, 2018
Of course, the real scandal here isn’t that Ivanka is using her personal email for government business (although it certainly warrants investigation, given the lax ethics of the Trump White House), it’s that the Clinton email story was such a major campaign issue in the first place.
If you're one of those news organizations that treated Clinton's private emails like they were a national emergency, the solution isn't to treat Ivanka's private emails like they're also a national emergency—rather, it's to acknowledge that you kinda fucked up on Clinton.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 20, 2018
There are plenty of other, more serious examples of Trump and his cronies using insecure, private lines of communication for official business. Jared Kushner—who tried to open a back channel to the Kremlin during the transition and has shady ties to Saudi Arabia and other countries—uses his personal email for government business and has a broader portfolio than his wife.
Flashback to 2017: Jared Kushner also used personal email for government business https://t.co/3QIj9WZxl3
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) November 20, 2018
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had malware on his official phone that could compromise the device.
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) October 6, 2017
President Trump routinely uses his outdated phone for official business, doesn’t get the latest security updates installed, and China and Russia are listening in.
NEW: Spy agencies have learned China/Russia have intercepted calls Trump makes from his cell. China is using the info to influence US trade policy. Trump has been told he's being monitored, but refuses to stick to secure line. @maggieNYT @AllMattNYT report https://t.co/aTsd9PqISO
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 24, 2018
Unlike Hillary Clinton’s email server, these major security breaches have mostly flown under the radar, but you can expect that to change in January when House Democrats get subpoena power and start doing actual oversight.