Why do we need to belabor the obvious?
Every time some pol screws up, the other side feels honor bound to out some pol on the other side, just to show the up, or try to divert attention. And the same happens here in this forum. Somebody makes a 'gotcha' post, someone else has to find a reverse gotcha. This gets boring after a while, more important, it causes the thread to lose focus - which may be the point of the diversion, but doesn't help settle any disagreements..
Excuse me, but - I'm a registered Democrat (and I'm loaded...) Does that mean for one hot second that I believe they are any less corrupt, any more honest, or have any more right to tell me what I can or can not do than the Republicans?
(in case sarcasm wasn't sufficiently obvious) Of course not! (I kept this line clean)
All it means is this bunch of lying, corrupt politicians claims to be justifying its paycheck by doing more things that I agree with than the other bunch of lying, corrupt politicians. And in point of fact, they probably actually aren't doing those things at all...
It doesn't matter what side they're on (non-US citizens, it doesn't matter what country they're from,) they're pols - they're lying to you. Even when there is no reason to, they simply do it on autopilot, like brushing your teeth, driving to work, lying through your teeth, all in a day's work. So when pol x is caught in a scandal, there's no need to point out that pol y on the other side is also in a similar one - assume it. There is ALWAYS some stupid pol with his butt in a sling. "My" side as well as "your" side. (Do you really believe that, as well? That "your" side will somehow take care of some need because you are on their side? Bzzzt - sorry, they will just ask you for money - the billions they've porked away just aren't enough, and what's a poor starving powermonger to do?)
Work for what you want from your life, not what they want, because they do not have your best interests at heart.
Oh there are good, honest, hard-working politicians that do care about what happens to their constituents, but these are as rare as hens teeth - I have known one on 63 years, perhaps two (I'm not sure of the second one.)
So statistically, you really should err on the side of caution and assume they are scum until proven otherwise. By definition, those who wish power over others are unfit to hold it. When dealing with pols, do not expect a miracle.