Capone, like Trump, was a victim of the deep state

Jonathan Chait on Dana Loesch on Trump as The Martyr Al Capone:

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch informs her audience that the FBI is trying to pull the same tricks on Trump that they used to entrap the beloved Prohibition-era Chicago gang leader:

They’re trying to Al Capone the president. I mean, you remember. Capone didn’t go down for murder. Elliot Ness didn’t put him in for murder. He went in for tax fraud. Prosecutors didn’t care how he went down as long as he went down.

You might wonder why Trump’s supporters believe his legal defense is aided by analogizing him to a murderous criminal. Perhaps the answer is that Capone had several qualities that recommend him to the Republican grassroots base. He was a business owner — or, in modern Republican lingo, a Job Creator. He was an avid Second Amendment enthusiast. And, most importantly, Capone, like Trump, was a victim of the deep state.

Or perhaps the answer is that they are Trump supporters so why would they not also be fans of Al Capone? Being a Trump supporter at this point entails being a fan of a greedy bullying ruthless criminal, so why not Capone right along with Trump? It’s not as if Capone is worse than Trump, so why not? Trump hates da Feds and so did Capone so what more do they need?

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