There can be no doubt the Trump presidency is now endangered. The whistleblower report has incited the Democrats to go for the President’s jugular. And the media is only too happy to join them.
The whistleblower, who is thought to be a CIA agent, alleges that Trump and many of his aides engaged in a months-long effort of pressuring the Ukraine government to discredit Joe Biden and then covered up their wrongdoing. His report states that the Ukraine government was made aware that US military aid was dependent on its compliance with the request to investigate Biden’s son Hunter. The whistleblower said:
“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. I am also concerned that these actions pose risks to U.S. national security and undermine the U.S. Government’s efforts to deter and counter foreign interference in U.S. elections.”
At the center of the whistleblower’s report is the phone call Trump made to Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That call was not the ‘lovely’ call Trump made it out to be. It was improper and the dumbest thing Trump has done since he became President.
As usual, when attacked, Trump responds with a furious counterattack. In a closed-door meeting with U.S. diplomats, the President raged:
“We’re at war. These people are sick. They’re sick. I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
And, of course, there were the usual barrage of Trump tweets belittling this whole brouhaha.
Even though all of the allegations made by the whistleblower were second-hand, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the House Intelligence Committee: “I believe that the whistleblower and the inspector general have acted in good faith throughout. I have every reason to believe that they have done everything by the book and followed the law.”
Dumb and improper, yes, but was the call to Zelensky an impeachable offense? Adam Schitt (oops, typo) calls it a “classic mafia like shakedown.” Jerry Nadler, with Houston’s Sheila Jackson Lee at his side, makes it clear he wants Trump impeached. AOC and Rashida Tlaib are screaming for impeachment and Nancy Pelosi has caved in to their demands.
Pelosi also accused AG William Barr of “The cover up of a cover up,” while Tlaib announced she is selling T-shirts imprinted with the slogan: Impeach the Motherfu**er.
It’s hard to tell how all this will play out. It’s a foregone conclusion that Trump will be impeached by the Democratic controlled House and then not convicted by the Republican controlled Senate. That could backfire on the Democrats. However, when all the House investigations are over and done with, there may be enough evidence to persuade some Republican senators to abandon the leaky ship. If that happens, there might be 60 votes in the Senate to convict Trump.
Joe Biden does not come out of this mess squeaky clean either. When he was vice president, Biden threatened to withhold a $1 billion U.S. loan from Ukraine if Viktor Shokin, that country’s chief prosecutor, was not fired. At the time, Shokin was widely rumored to be investigating Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. And the vice president’s threat was a direct threat, unlike the implied threat in Trump’s phone call.
The media is playing the Goebbels tune. Ever since he became President, The New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC and, except for Fox, the other TV networks have taken every opportunity to smear Trump because he defeated their beloved Hillary.
Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels is credited with saying: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Let me paraphrase that to show how Trump could lose the 2020 election. If you smear Trump big enough and keep on smearing him, people will eventually come to believe it. And that’s what the Democrats and the Trump-hating media are counting on.
Although Trump implies that the leakers in his administration are spies who should be hanged or shot, he has not been able to learn the identity of the numerous White House staffers who have been feeding the media, and now the whistleblower, with damaging information about the President.
It’s mainly the leaks that have enabled the media to mount their blitzkrieg against the president. If Trump loses in 2020, he can thank members of his own staff for his defeat.