By: TDF Staff
House Democrats have now passed the majority number of 218 members favoring impeachment or an impeachment inquiry. So it was obviously time for a flurry of news stories interviewing mostly Trump supporters on how impeachment could backfire (Democrats are “nervous,” Republicans are “dug in”). This sampling is from The New York Times:
In interviews with voters on Wednesday, there was no clear or surprising shift in sentiment on impeachment; some Republican voters pumped their fists with bring-it-on energy, and some Democrats pronounced themselves vindicated but also uncertain about whether the House — let alone the Republican-led Senate — would ultimately act against Mr. Trump.
Of course there isn’t going to be a change in attitudes, and certainly not in one day. It took months of televised hearings about Watergate before public opinion swung against Richard Nixon, finally forcing him to resign—that, and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering the full release of the Nixon tapes.
But while Nixon felt at least a modicum of shame, Trump obviously doesn’t. He’ll never resign as long as his family is still making money off his office and he can use the institution of the presidency to feed his enormous ego.
There was no Fox News or right-wing hate radio in the 1970s, and no social media to spread right-wing conspiracy theories. There were enough Republicans in the 1970s who were finally willing to put country before party and say out loud that Nixon’s behavior was illegal and that he should be held accountable.
Today, not so much. Republican lawmakers are too afraid of Trump’s voting base and of possible Trump-loving primary challengers to stand up to him.
There are an assload of reasons to impeach Donald Trump: obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller Russia investigation, profiting off the presidency, violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, stonewalling congressional investigations, blocking congressional subpoenas, and refusing to let anyone connected to the White House testify before Congress, just to name a few. His obvious approach to smear a 2020 opponent is only the latest.
How will all of this play out in the long run? So much depends on how it plays in the media, how Trump continues to play the victim card, and how members of both parties spin the information.
Trump’s lemmings will be dug-in no matter what. Now, more than ever, it’s important to register new Democratic voters and make sure that those voters get to the polls. And vote.
Source: Daily Kos
By: TDF Staff
The National Rifle Association was a “foreign asset” for Russia during the 2016 election, an 18-month investigation by Senate Finance Committee Democrats finds. The NRA sought, with much enthusiasm, to help Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin insinuate themselves into right-wing circles on behalf of Russia, and NRA officials knew that Butina and Torshin were linked to the Russian government. Butina emailed NRA officials that the 2015 Moscow visit by some NRA leaders was important because “many powerful figures in the Kremlin are counting on Torshin to prove his American connections.”
The report finds that when Butina asked about which U.S. politicians she would be able to meet at NRA events, NRA staff provided her with a list, and “NRA resources appear to have been used to pay for membership and registration fees to third party events for [Torshin and Butina] as well as to arrange for transit to and lodging for many of those events throughout 2015 and 2016.”
Lindsey Graham. The man South Carolina voters duly reelect while the rest of the nation wonders how he still has a job. Let’s take a trip to 1999, when Graham, then a 43-year-old member of the House with just six years’ experience in sowing division, took the floor to wax poetic about what impeachment is and when it applies.
The 1999 version of Lindsey Graham sought to take down a Democrat, President Bill Clinton; now that Donald Trump is in office, Graham’s hypocrisy has been ramped up far beyond threat level midnight. The senator’s spine has been the consistency of cream-based soup ever since he got on the Trump Train.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM: So the point I’m trying to make is (this): You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic, if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role. […]
… because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.
1999’s Lindsey Graham also had strong opinions on what constitutes a crime, according to an appearance on Meet the Press.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM: He (Clinton) doesn’t have to say, “Go lie for me,” (for it) to be a crime. You don’t have to say, “Let’s obstruct justice” for it to be a crime. You judge people on their conduct, not magic phrases.
If we are judging Donald Trump on his conduct then Graham must surely want to “cleanse” the Oval Office, right!?
Unfortunately, when it comes to Trump’s hardcore converts that used to be critics, the Graham is a textbook unapologetic hypocrite.
Thus, on Wednesday he taunted the House and boldly stated that the movement to impeach is just fueled by hatred for Trump.
He’s wrong, and it’s clear that he will never, ever place country over party—even when that party has become the party of Trump.
Following Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech at the UN, full time professional Twitter troll (and part time US President) Donald Trump tweeted “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
In response, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio, evident in the screenshot below:
When your troll president gets out-trolled… it’s so amazing. Thank you, Greta!
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By: TDF Staff
Yesterday, Donald Trump railed in the Rose Garden against “wasting time” and declared that he was going to do just “one track” at a time, but Trump can’t be bothered with the effort it takes to forward some documents to the Congress. But he can fly across the world for golf.
Trump’s spending on golf travel is many times higher than that of Barack Obama, who not only spent less than half as much time playing, but did it at a much lower cost. Obama seemed to be cognizant of the fact that he was spending other people’s money.