President Donald Trump justifiably lashed out at the congressional Democrats trying to impeach him, accurately describing the Left’s unseemly effort to overturn the 2016 election as a “coup.”
“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” Trump tweeted Oct. 1 at 4:41 p.m.
Trump was echoing the words of trade adviser Peter Navarro who earlier in the day told Fox Business Network he believed the president was the victim “of an attempted coup d’etat.”
Since even before Donald Trump was elected president the Left has been trying to make the normal presidential job-related things he has been doing look abnormal. The impeachment circus is filled with examples. There were anti-Trump protesters outside the Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital in the dark wee hours of Nov. 9, 2016, not long after the media called the race for Trump. The manufactured, media-driven mass hysteria directed against Trump only grew over time.
Even as he was being inaugurated, the Left was howling for Trump’s impeachment, removal from office by the Senate or by military coup, and even assassination, as they came to grips with the fact that the new Chief Executive was deadly serious about protecting America and rolling back President Barack Hussein Obama’s poisonous legacy. No claim or statement has been too crazy, lawless, undemocratic, or barbaric for the Left as it has desperately tried to keep the borders open to Muslim terrorists as well as illegal aliens they view as future Democrat voters, Americans groaning under the chains of Obamacare, businesses buried under mountains of red tape, and the welfare state ballooning.
Obama himself, was in on the plot, as was his Communist Party USA-voting CIA Director John Brennan who used America’s taxpayer-funded national security apparatus to engage in espionage against an opposition presidential campaign, an incoming administration, and that administration’s transition team. The whole campaign aimed at convincing Americans that President Trump was a tool of Russia was created by Democrats for their illicit purposes.
Less than a month into Trump’s presidency what Michael Walsh labeled “a rolling coup attempt” claimed its first victim, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned “in the face of a howling media mob.”
“Make no mistake about what’s happening here: this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department (Sally Yates, take a bow) and the lickspittles of the leftist media, all of whom have signed on with the ‘Resistance’ in order to overturn the results of the November election.”
When former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe turned up no evidence of the Left’s always-bizarre Russian electoral collusion conspiracy theory, it was time to bring in the Ukrainians in this game of musical chairs.
It was Sept. 24 when, after months of public hand-wringing, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pulled the trigger to begin the process of impeaching Donald Trump, even before reading an allegedly damning transcript of a telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, dogmatically declaring that Trump “asked a foreign government to help him in his political campaign at the expense of our national security.”
The unsubstantiated claim is that Trump threatened to withhold a military aid package from Ukraine to pressure that country to investigate the increasingly senile Joe Biden, America’s former vice president, and his cokehead son, Hunter Biden, for their strange adventures in that Eastern European country.
“The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
But Pelosi was in such a rush to move forward she didn’t bother asking the House of Representatives, whose duty it is to consider impeachment, to go on record on the matter. Even though the House had a recorded vote all three previous times it considered impeaching a U.S. president, Pelosi decided to skip it this time because, as some Trump critics like to say, Orange Man Bad.
Bill Clinton, who was impeached but not convicted in the Senate, went through it.
On Oct. 8, 1998, the House voted 258-176 to approve what is called a “simple resolution” (meaning it affects only one chamber of Congress) authorizing “the House Committee on the Judiciary, acting as a whole or by any subcommittee thereof appointed by the chairman for the purposes hereof and in accordance with the rules of the Committee, to investigate fully and completely whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to exercise its constitutional power to impeach President Clinton.”
Richard Nixon, who probably would have been impeached if he hadn’t resigned, also went through it.
On Feb. 6, 1974, the House voted 410-4 to approve a resolution authorizing “the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate fully and completely whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to impeach President Richard M. Nixon.”
Even a widely despised post-Civil War president went through the process. In the end he was impeached but his enemies fell one vote short of convicting him in the Senate.
Abraham Lincoln’s successor, President Andrew Johnson, was afforded due process by the House which voted to initiate the impeachment process. “The Joint Committee on Reconstruction rapidly drafted a resolution of impeachment, which passed the House on February 24, 1868, by a vote of 126 to 47,” according to the U.S. Senate’s history pages. “Immediately, the House proceeded to establish an impeachment committee, appoint managers, and draft articles of impeachment.”
Moving measures through the House at breakneck speed, Americans learned during the Obamacare legislative saga, is a Pelosi specialty. She infamously said during that process that reading the massive bill wasn’t realistic. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” she said.
The only reason not to go through a formal vote on opening an impeachment inquiry is to railroad the president and eliminate the possibility of lawmakers being held accountable by Americans who may have voted for the president, or even if they didn’t, don’t want to see him impeached. All Americans, no matter their views on our president, deserve to know where their representatives stand on this all-important issue, but Pelosi will have none of it.
So that is a good summary of the reasons Democrats decided to skip the traditional adoption by the House of a formal impeachment inquiry resolution, even though that has been the accepted practice for 151 years.
It is interesting that Ukraine has replaced Russia as the object of the Left’s attention, in the latest chapter of the rolling coup attempt, but it plays a different role. Ukraine is portrayed as a victim of extortion at the hands of President Trump. Russia, as Americans learned from years of Trump-era leftist agitation, is a dastardly villain, even though Democrats have long adored Russia, and before it, the Soviet Union.
The Trump-blackmailed-Ukraine narrative is designed to cover up possible wrongdoing by Democrats.
Democrats now claim that Trump tried to enlist the Ukrainian government to help him in the 2020 election, when in reality, it is the Democrats who have been aggressively reaching out to Ukraine for assistance in fighting Trump.
It was the Democratic National Committee, through DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa, that asked the Ukrainian government for help in sabotaging Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
And it was the blackmailing –to use the Left’s standards— Senate Democrats Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who sent a letter to Ukrainian authorities last year asking them, on pain of losing U.S. foreign aid no less, to investigate President Trump
We know that while he served as Obama’s vice president, in 2015 and 2016 Joe Biden urged the government of Ukraine to increase its anti-corruption efforts while his son, Hunter, was working for Kiev-based Burisma Holdings, which is owned by Mykola Zlochevsky. When he was a Ukrainian government official in charge of issuing natural-gas extraction licenses, many of those licenses were granted to concerns controlled by Burisma. This led to investigations in Ukraine over possible money laundering and government corruption. Zlochevsky and Burisma deny wrongdoing and have not been charged with breaking the law.
Hunter Biden, reportedly a substance-abusing philanderer with no obvious background in natural gas or Ukrainian affairs, earned up to $50,000 a month in his five years with Burisma, becoming a member of its board.
Joe Biden was captured on video at a Council on Foreign Relations discussion on January 23, 2018, bragging about how when he was in office he strong-armed the Ukrainians into firing a prosecutor looking into Burisma during a March 2016 trip to that country during which he was scheduled to announce financial assistance to Ukraine.
“I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. … I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Joe Biden claims he never discussed Burisma business with his son.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden told reporters at a recent campaign stop in Iowa. “I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader. You should be looking at Trump.”
Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson just unearthed a photo showing Joe, Hunter, and Burisma’s Devon Archer golfing in 2014, the same year Archer joined Burisma’s board.
“The photo,” according to a Breitbart News report, “raises serious questions regarding the extent to which Joe Biden is aware of his beleaguered son’s overseas business deals — something the top-tier 2020 White House hopeful claimed earlier this month he has never discussed with his son.”
Hunter himself contradicted his father in an interview with the New Yorker magazine, claiming the two talked about his business activities in Ukraine “just once.”
Something’s not right here.
Take a guess what.