Tag: Politics

Impeachment is all but certain

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

NRA found to have acted as ‘foreign asset’ for Russia

By: TDF Staff

Maria Butina

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.”

South Carolina Senator With Cream Soup Spine Has Completely Different View on Impeachment Compared to 20 Years Ago

More spineless than Paul Ryan ever was… Sen. Graham

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.

Transcript time!

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.

Transcript time!

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.

Trump cares more about spending money on his handicap than on infrastructure

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.

At this point, digging up Trump’s statements claiming that were he to occupy the White House, he wouldn’t have time for golf seems redundant, as if it’s something that’s been done 177 times. Trump is also not being frugal when it comes to his golf game. According to Huffpost, the bill to taxpayers for Trump’s time on the links has now passed $100 million dollars. 

  • For those keeping track, that’s three times the cost of the Mueller investigation, even if you don’t discount the money that Mueller recovered through fines. 
  • It’s four times the money set aside for replacing out of date government systems and improving technology—including technology that protects election systems from hacking.
  • It’s equal to the entire budget for the Office for Civil Rights. 

Petulant child turns “Infrastructure Week” into a publicity stunt

By: TDF Staff

Infrastructure Week was cut short today by Donald Trump after 4 minutes. Donald Trump walked out of his meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and headed for the Rose Garden with pre-printed “Mueller probe by the numbers” fact sheets and charts.

“I want to do infrastructure,” Trump claimed, “but you know what, you can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,” he commanded.

Shortly after the petulant child that was somehow voted in to office finished his newest unhinged tirade, Pelosi and Schumer held their own press conference, in which they admitted that they were ambushed by Trump.

“We had hoped that we could give this president the opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative,” Pelosi said, “For some reason — maybe a lack of confidence on his part that he couldn’t match the greatness of the challenge before him — … he just took a pass.”

Today’s showboating is further proof that Trump is running scared. Now that his arguments are losing in court and his taxes and desperate financial situation, along with possible criminal activity, might be revealed for all to see. 

Merrick Garland’s court to handle the appeal of the release of Trump’s financial records

By: TDF Staff

Monday afternoon, a federal judge ruled that the House has the legal rights within its constitutional powers to review 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta declined to stay that decision pending Trump’s appeal because he doesn’t think they have a case that could prevail if appealed.

As of this morning, Trump’s lawyers have formally submitted their appeal of Judge Amit Mehta’s ruling that requires his accounting firm turn over his personal financial records to the House. The best part about the appeal is that the chief judge of that court is none other than Merrick Garland. Yes, THAT Merrick Garland.

It is worth noting that the three judges to hear the appeal will be randomly assigned, so Garland might not hear the appeal. If the decision of the judges ends up being reviewed by the full court then Garland will definitely have a hand in the process. Regardless, having witnessed one of their own fall victim to the hyper-partisan destruction of norms and traditions that pretty much brought Trump to the White House, the judges that are assigned will most likely have some thoughts about the situation.

Fox News follows up Buttigieg town hall by smearing him

Fox & Friends hosts have meltdown over applause given to a Democrat on a Fox News broadcast

By: TDF Editorial

Following last evening’s Fox News town hall with Pete Buttigieg, any potentially open mind of a run of the mill Fox News viewer is being slammed shut today by a parade of Fox News miscreants. They roll out the red carpet to gain credibility with skittish advertisers, and Democrats pretend they don’t understand the broader Fox News mission. Then the smearing begins after all is said and done.

Want examples of that smearing? Here is a taste:

Fox & Friends, the Fox morning show beloved by President Donald Trump, devoted significant time on Monday to undermining Buttigieg’s presentation.

Buttigieg is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan; co-host Brian Kilmeade presented him as trying to undermine American patriotism, calling him a “clown” who wants to “erase our country’s history” for arguing that the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinners should be renamed for people who didn’t own slaves.

The candidate received a warm response from the town hall attendees; Kilmeade bizarrely claimed the crowd was enthusiastic only because it was stacked with his friends and relatives.

Buttigieg is a gifted communicator; the program sliced and diced his town hall answers into a clip reel of disjointed quotes which the co-hosts warned prove he is a “very progressive” radical. “He had some interesting comments last night, sounds like a nice guy, but do you agree with his policies?” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said at one point before rattling off a misinformation-laden litany of Buttigieg’s purported positions

Even the most gifted political salesman doesn’t stand a chance on Fox. Sure, they might hand over a block of programming on a Sunday night, in a ploy to dupe advertisers into thinking Fox News can’t possibly be that toxic if “even Democrats” decide to appear. 

Please, Democrats… Stop wasting your time on Fox News. Don’t fall into the trap any more.