Todd and Julie Chrisley were the couple at the center of the USA Network original series “Chrisley Knows Best.” A total sentence of 19 years was imposed Monday in federal prison, after being convicted of various versions of tax fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. On Tuesday morning, the hosts of “The View” were outraged that a certain other former reality star had not been charged either.
Between the pair, Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Julie was sentenced to seven years. The pair’s “15-year fraud spree” included using fake documents to obtain $30 million in bank loans, defaulting on more than $20 million in debt and hiding their earnings from the IRS.
Chrisley was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice. While the women of “The View” think the punishments were justly earned, they can’t help but wonder why the twice impeached former president didn’t face a similar fate.
“[Trump] has committed very similar crimes. It’s unbelievable to me,” said Joy Behar. “He’s behind this rebellion, he doesn’t pay his taxes, he steals documents and takes them to Mar-a-Lago – nuclear codes! He walks free, runs for president, and these two idiots go to jail! What’s that? I don’t get it!”
Host Sonny Hostin pointed out that Trump had more than one person making money in other ventures while working in the White House, angering his children.
“How much did Ivanka and Jared earn when they worked there?” asked the host. “A couple billion dollars?”
Behar added that Trump may have been a factor in Chrisley’s plans because “when they see the president getting away with it, they think they can!” But moderator Hubby Goldberg disagreed with that role. According to her, it is hard to believe that anyone can get away with tax crimes.
“Look at all the people who went to jail for tax evasion,” he said. “Well, I’m not going to do that because I’m going to get away with it!” It’s one of those things where you don’t think that nobody gets away with tax evasion – except the unnamed people.”