"Is the United States now a banana republic? Yes.
El Presidente has endorsed his former foreign minister to continue his legacy.
El Presidente did this even though his former foreign minister — with a multibillion-dollar slush fund fed by questionable foreign interests who sought her favor while she served in the government — has a serious problem.
This former foreign minister is under criminal investigation by the federales for her use of a private email server. Speculation is that she kept her public business on a private server to hide what she did for the foreign tough guys who may have contributed to that fund.
And those federales investigating the former foreign minister?
They are under El Presidente's command, even as he campaigns for his former foreign minister while ridiculing her barbarous, orange-haired Republican opponent.
And what is the Democratic response to President Barack Obama's endorsement of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
Conflicts? What conflicts?
Obama's endorsement of Clinton is historic on two fronts:
She's the first woman to have clinched the nomination of a major party for the office of president.
And she also might be the first candidate to clinch the nomination while under an active FBI criminal investigation.
That poses a serious problem. Not for those who just want to lambaste Donald Trump; they're obsessed and he's low-hanging fruit.
But if you care about something more than mockery, consider the enormity of what the president is doing to the republic.
He's backing a candidate under federal criminal investigation. And no matter what Hillary defenders say, it is a federal criminal investigation. The FBI does criminal investigations. They do not — as Mrs. Clinton keeps insisting like some mad parrot — conduct "security reviews."
And the president is the boss of the FBI and the Justice Department that is conducting the investigation.
This is a hideous conflict. And the silence from Democrats is astounding.It is a calculated, partisan silence, bad for the country, worse even than what Trump does with his hair.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed the investigation of Clinton was of a criminal nature, after insisting that there was no conflict.
Of course, insisting there is no conflict is absurd, but he's helped by the fact that much of the media have adopted that Democratic Party line.
"And that is why the president," said Earnest, "when discussing this issue in each stage, has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference and that people should be treated the same way before the law, regardless of their political influence, regardless of their political stature and regardless of what political figure has endorsed them."
Translation: Conflicts, we don't have no stinkin' conflicts."