Opinion writer

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9. (Tasos Katopodis/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Before everyone gets too spun up about potential corruption in the Trump White House, particularly as it relates to what involvement Donald Trump’s family might have, let’s pause and remember what was permitted when it was the Democrats who were entering the White House. In 1992, when Bill Clinton ran for president, he and Hillary Clinton ran as a “two-for-one.” Hillary Clint0n had every intention of being part of the governing process. She specifically said she wasn’t at home baking cookies. She was working as a hyper-ambitious lawyer and serving on corporate boards while Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas.

Let’s also not forget that Hillary Clinton didn’t have anything resembling a clean slate in her business dealings. They didn’t come under scrutiny until Bill Clinton had already been elected president, but Hillary Clinton famously made about $100,000 in a payoff via cattle futures trading. Then there was the something-for-nothing Whitewater saga. If either of those instances had been investigated before Bill Clinton was elected president, who knows what could have happened? And let’s not even talk about the infamous Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother and White House regular, whose ham-handed petty grabs were constantly shrugged off. All this evolved into the corrupt Clinton Foundation, which didn’t pretend to offer a product other than the Clintons. They were allowed to profit, and the media was mostly dutifully silent while the self-dealing was rampant.

I am not trying to make excuses for the Trump family. I admit that some of the optics are ominous. But before we get all riled up, let’s give the Trumps a chance and dial back the phony hand-wringing and anguish of the newfound moralists on the left, who suddenly can’t seem to come to grips with a member of a president’s family having some impactful role in the government. Instead of making baseless pre-accusations of what the Trumps might do, especially when recalling the lack of indignation when the Democrats were in charge, it’s probably fair to wait and see what actually shakes out. No one is guilty yet.