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Impeachment, Trial Encapsulate Democrats’ Overreach In Going After President Trump

Brett Davis

Posted on January 27, 2020 17:54

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Principled opposition and legitimate criticism have been replaced by ham-fisted, hysterical attempts to destroy the current occupant of the White House.

It’s a phenomenon that has repeated itself throughout the Trump presidency: Democrats reduced to ridiculously overwrought reactions to everything President Trump does, to such an extent that they undercut their own case even when they have a legitimate one to make.

The Democrats’ stacked-deck and rushed impeachment efforts in the House and now the House impeachment managers arguing the case as part of the Senate trial have shone a spotlight as never before on Democrats’ obsession with getting rid of Trump and their increasingly desperate state of mind in attempting to do so.

Consider what House Intelligence Committee Chair and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff said last week during the ongoing Senate trial: “The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”

Schiff seems to be suggesting that Trump – whom Democrats think fiendishly stole the 2016 presidential election from Hillary Clinton (despite the bottom-line conclusion of the Mueller report) – is going to ingeniously steal the 2020 election should he in fact win at the ballot box this November. This unhinged assertion is a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose proposition that questions the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, but only if Trump prevails.

Democrats’ reach has exceeded their grasp – and not in a good way – in their manic efforts to oust Trump, or at least besmirch him to hinder his re-election bid. Democrats would have been on more solid ground regarding Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine to note that his mentioning of the Bidens in such a context was maybe unseemly and inappropriate, perhaps even a form of misconduct. Democrats in Congress could have attempted a formal censure of the president on that basis. That position and effort would at least have been defensible.

But of course Democrats tried – are trying – to elevate Trump’s phone call to the level of treason or bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment. It’s a bridge way too far. Are we to believe this is the worst sin ever committed by an American president? That it warrants, for the first time ever, the removal of a sitting president from office?

The bar for impeachment is deliberately high, and it helps to put things in perspective by noting what past presidents have not been impeached for: Abraham Lincoln’s suspending the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War; Franklin Roosevelt’s interning Japanese Americans during World War II; Ronald Reagan’s selling arms to Iran in exchange for the release of hostages and using the proceeds to secretly fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Sadly, the pathology of Trump Derangement Syndrome precludes rational thought and historical context in Democrats whose visceral hatred of the president is the driving force in their political lives.

Brett Davis

Posted on January 27, 2020 17:54

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