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Friday, February 12, 2021

Media's impeachment hysteria continues


The impeachment show trial coverage is about as objective as a Democrat press release. The only difference is the actual Democrat publicists are not as overwrought.

CNN won the most bizarre take of the impeachment follies with a claim that the storming of the Capitol nearly launched a nuclear war.

 

CNN said, "Military officials overseeing the authorization process to launch nuclear weapons were unaware on January 6 that then-Vice President Mike Pence's military aide carrying the 'nuclear football' was potentially in danger as rioters got close during the violent Capitol insurrection, according to a defense official.

"The vice president is always accompanied by a backup of the football, which contains the equipment to carry out orders to launch a nuclear strike. It must be ready at all times and is identical to what the president carries, in case he becomes incapacitated.

"US Strategic Command became aware of the gravity of the incident after seeing a video played at the Senate impeachment trial Wednesday showing Pence, his Secret Service agents and a military officer carrying the briefcase with classified nuclear launch information running down a flight of stairs inside the Capitol to get to safety, the official said."

Oh my.

Well if it is this easy to start a nuclear war, maybe we should rethink how we launch a nuclear war so that some guy in a bizarre fur costume doesn't just grab these codes and start World War 3.

Maybe instead of having some Alexander Vindman-wannabe in a Class A uniform carry the codes in a briefcase, we should have a squad of Navy SEALs in camo guard the codes at all times.

Such hysteria made the rest of the overzealous coverage look tame.

The Washington Post went with its "Mounting evidence suggests Trump knew of danger to Pence when he attacked him as lacking ‘courage’ amid Capitol siege" story. I like the innuendo that Evil Donald was willing to sacrifice Pence to the gods of QAnon.

The Wall Street Journal, in an actual editorial that was actually labeled as an editorial, reached the conclusion that there was no need to hear any more testimony or even listen to the defendant's side of the case.

 

Yes, how can we restore the rule of law if we grant the president the presumption of innocence?

It is like the Time magazine story that praised those who protected democracy from the will of the voters.

The impeachment and this trial are unworthy of a constitutional republic.

The Democrat/Never Trumper spin is that impeachments are a political act and the Senate can do what it wishes.

The Constitution says otherwise. 

The Constitution clearly demands a trial. And the Bill of Rights makes clear exactly how a trial should be conducted. 

The Constitution also clearly demands that a crime be alleged. The First Impeachment had no crime.

Finally, the Constitution clearly demands that the impeached holds a public office. If this were not a requirement, a Democrat Congress would have gone ahead and impeached President Nixon after his resignation.

And of course, Donald John Trump did not resign in the face of an impeachment. His term ended, which ended congressional oversight of his administration.

The one story that the press did not pay much attention to was hearsay evidence based on a story in the Deseret News newspaper. Apparently the newspaper misquoted Senator Mike Lee, who was pretty upset to learn that not only was he misquoted but that the misquote was the basis of the impeachment case.

Law professor Jonathan Turley reported, "At the end of its first day of argument, the Senate trial was thrown into chaos when a 'juror' stood up like a scene out of Perry Mason to contest the veracity statements made by 'prosecutors.' That moment came as the Senate was preparing to end for the day and Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) jumped to his feet to object that a quote by House manager Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.) was false. Lee should know. They were purportedly his words."

What Lee actually said vindicates Donald Trump.

Turley said, "The source for the House managers was a story in Deseret News that only describes the miscall and awkward moment before Lee grabbed back his phone. Tuberville stated that he did not recall much of the brief call, but the article also states that Lee told the newspaper that when 'Lee said when he later asked Tuberville about the conversation, he got the impression that Trump didn’t know about the chaos going on in the Senate chamber.' The House managers left out that part which directly contradicts its narrative that Trump knew about the riot and was relishing it as he was calling to further delay the electoral certification. If true, the House’s timeline argument would lose coherence, if not collapse entirely. The House repeatedly argued that Trump wanted the riot and then used it to delay the proceedings.  Yet, this call occurred  'shortly after 2 pm' and, according to Lee, Trump did not appear to the senator to be aware of the extent of the chaos. A few minutes later, at 2:38, Trump tweets, 'Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!'

"The main problem with the Lee objection however is that it highlights what is missing in the House case: witness testimony. I have been a critic of the House for using what I called a 'snap impeachment' without even one day of hearings, investigation, or a formal opportunity for the President to respond. It could have easily held a couple days of impeachment and still impeached Trump before he left office."

But that would have given people time to get back to their senses, which would have ruined the impeachment.

The Bulwark can run a story headlined, "Damning Evidence in Impeachment Trial Clarifies Trump's Guilt," but the truth is there is no more evidence that President Trump colluded with the protesters than there is of him colluding with Putin or of "withholding aid" to Ukraine. 

The press can claim the walls are closing in.

The press can claim that the evidence mounts.

The press can claim that the storming of the Capitol was the Rape of the Sabine Women.

But all those claims are false no matter how much the press rants and raves.

The impeachment show trial cheapens the nation. I see no good coming from another unconstitutional attack of President Trump. I see much evil. 

Chairman Xi does not need to attack us to subdue us. We are doing this to ourselves, egged on by a media that cares little about the truth or the country. 

27 comments:

  1. I wonder what Nikki Haley thinks of this...

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    1. She will decide when she sees some additional focus group data.

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    2. Nikki Haley has already thrown Trump under the bus.

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    3. There is no reason to “wonder” Dermot. Nikki threw President Trump under the bus, Again:

      https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/538573-haley-breaks-with-trump-we-shouldnt-have-followed-him

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    4. I knew that. Most of us here thought she was a bit squishy. Now that's a done deal. I note that she makes her splash DURING the sham impeachment.

      She is deplorable. And not the good kind of deplorable.

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    5. Haley is a witch. She's never been on Trump' side. This is his biggest flaw: he tries to appeal to people who hate him. Sending her to the UN may have been for a different purpose, however, and that's to expose her for being a disloyal opportunist. I'm sure he had to know she was a schemer and not really on the team.

      If Trump doesn't want the job in 2024 (he can win if the legislatures in the stolen states fix their messes like Florida did) then it is going to be a race between DeSantis, Noem, Cruz, and Haley, with Little Marco possibly thrown in.

      DeSantis and Noem will fight over the MAGA vote with Cruz thrown in as a splitter to get Haley over the finish line with a plurality.

      DeSantis and Noem need to team up early to defeat this scheme--again, if Trump doesn't want it.

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    6. Jake, my hope is that instead of The Donald seeking another term that what we get is either Ivanka, Eric, or Don Jr. Running. All three are capable, competent, competitive, and well trained.
      President Trump is getting old. Yes he has the stamina of a twenty year old, but by running them he has freedom to move as he chooses. I'm betting that his endorsements in 2022 will create a shift in the republican party.
      Then again, with Xiden and Horizontal at the helm there may not be a country left.

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  2. Soon the media will have fences like the government. Has this movie been made?

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    1. I definitely think it has been written in a book any way...

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  3. I am ignoring the circus and reading yours and a few others takes. That is enough for me.

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    1. this blog, gateway pundit, CFP and 9am to 11:45 to hear Derek Hunter on 680 WCBM in Baltimore... that's it. 30 minutes tops online and WCBM in the background for 3 hours. No Fox, not network tv at night just Hockey and Golf and music

      Quite liberating actually

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    2. Fox? What is this....thing.....Fox?

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    3. Fox aka faux. Well I'll be damned, the liberals were right about em.

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  4. If it is that easy to start a nuclear war we should avoid having the "football" in control of a senile idiot. Maybe that should be outlawed?

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    1. I point you all back to The adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension:
      Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (9/11) Movie CLIP - Declaration of War: The Short Form (1984) HD

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  5. Dr.Jill has it that way we get the war with Russia the Dems dream about.

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  6. Dr.Jill has it that way we get the war with Russia the Dems dream about.

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  7. I can still remember after 9/11 the Libs said we needed to think deeply about why the Muslim Extremists decided to kill thousands of Americans, as if we deserved to be attacked.

    I also remember Libs telling us the violent riots (the Libs called them “mostly peaceful protests”) in America’s cities during 2020 were our fault because we are White Supremacists.

    But, the Libs tell us the protest which occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was committed by evil people with evil intent, incited by the evil Orange Man; and no thought must be spent thinking about why those protestors came to Capitol Hill that day.

    Their blatant hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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    1. I remember in the 90s we were told (after the Rodney King riots perhaps?) that, "We must understand their rage," as they were burning down L.A.

      If leftists didn't have double standards they'd have no standards at all.

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    2. Nah, they'd still have substandards like AOC and idiot oh-my! Not to mention their stable of long time swamp scum.

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  8. Let's impeach Obama and Hillary Criminal Clinton. God knows there's some sure'nuff real crookedness there.

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  9. "Finally, the Constitution clearly demands that the impeached holds a public office."

    That being the case, then the swamp by this action, has acknowledged Trump as the legitimate President.

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  10. The Senate has voted that it is Constitutional to impeach a private citizen who used to be President. Does this mean that some future super majority Lefty Congress can impeach and convict former Presidents for supposed crimes such as owning slaves or maybe even sending Japanese immigrants to concentration camps without trials? The idea is no more preposterous than today's events would have been 20 years ago.

    Who killed Ashli Babbitt?

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  11. Welcome to the new reality, AOC in bizarro land.
    Cast includes Nazi Pelosi as the queen of old farts.
    Chuck Screwer as the mad impeacher.
    In this version the Tea Party has plenty of reasons to be M A D.

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  12. Assuming the Republicans take over the house in 2022, I look forward to the impeachment of both president and vice president, as well as the impeachment of Obama.

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  13. The impeachment and this trial are unworthy of a constitutional republic.

    Even dictatorships.

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