Elder: The party of ‘Impeach!’

By Larry Elder |

The Democrats’ purported outrage about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky might be taken seriously by the Republicans were it not for the Democrats’ drive to oust Trump from the moment he won the presidency.

CNN’s Van Jones, with zero proof, attributed Trump’s victory to “whitelash.” Trump received 57 percent of the white vote, actually a lower percentage of the white vote than the 59 percent received by Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received a greater percentage of the white vote than John Kerry did four years earlier. Obama also received 95 percent of the black vote. None dared call it “blacklash.”

Stunned, angry and bewildered by Trump’s win, some Democrats urged the Electoral College to refuse to certify his victory. In a Washington Post op-ed, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, said, “The (Obama) administration should brief members of the electoral college on the extent and manner of Russia’s interference in our election before they vote on Dec. 19 (2016).”

Nearly 70 Democratic lawmakers vowed to boycott Trump’s inauguration. Nearly a dozen Democrats refused to attend Trump’s first State of the Union address. In explaining his refusal to attend, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said, “This is a presidency that has been built on racism, stupidity and lies, which has already wasted enough of America’s time and I will not waste any more of mine.”

Trump’s refusal to turn over his tax returns provoked claims of corruption. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., said: “What’s unprecedented is (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin) refusing to comply with our lawful, Article I request. What’s unprecedented is a Justice Department that again sees its role as being bodyguard to the executive and not the rule of law. What’s unprecedented is an entire federal government working in concert to shield a corrupt President from legal accountability.”

There was the bill introduced in April 2017 by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., with 67 co-sponsors, to determine whether to invoke the 25th Amendment, under which a president can be removed if “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” About his bill, Raskin told Vanity Fair last month: “It is still very much on my mind and the time will come. I don’t think of it as an alternative remedy for impeachment. They address different problems. The core of the concern of impeachment is high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the president. The core problem addressed by the 25th Amendment is the mental or physical incapacity of the president.”

Then there was the outcry over Trump’s payments to former mistresses. About the payments, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said: “The president is a criminal. … This criminal must be brought up by the Congress of the United States for impeachment.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said from “day one” Trump committed and impeachable for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits all persons holding federal office from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” Last year, Ocasio-Cortez said about Trump: “I think that there are serious grounds in violations of the emoluments clause from day one. I think that is, first and foremost, one of the basic elements and violations. And then, once again, it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen over the next few months. There are one or more investigations happening. But I think from day one we have had violations of the emoluments clause with the presidency.”

In July, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, wanted Trump impeached for his “racist tweets” that attacked several Democratic freshman House members known as “the squad.” Green tweeted: “(Trump’s) racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia can no longer be tolerated or ignored. We must impeach.”

One can only marvel at how, with a straight face, Democrats call Trump “racist” while embracing as “kingmaker” the race card-hustling Rev. Al Sharpton and refusing to denounce anti-Semitic Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Of course, for 2 1/2 years, special counsel Robert Mueller investigated allegations of Russian “collusion,” and he drilled a dry hole. On the issue of obstruction of justice, he punted. Before the Mueller report came out, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed there was “direct evidence (of collusion) but … also abundant circumstantial evidence.”

If Congress impeaches Trump, the Senate will not convict. Meanwhile, all this Ukraine business just places attention on Joe’s Biden’s son. Hunter Biden received a lucrative monthly fee to sit on the board of director a Ukrainian energy company, despite his lack of energy expertise or his inability to speak the local language. Joe Biden’s candidacy will be irreparably harmed, increasing the odds that hard-left Elizabeth Warren will win the Democratic nomination. Trump, post-impeachment, can credibly call himself a victim of a political vendetta and ride that narrative to victory in 2020.

Well played, Speaker Pelosi.

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host.

3 Responses to Elder: The party of ‘Impeach!’

  1. Elizabeth October 3, 2019 at 9:06 am

    The party of toddler tantrums when things don’t go their way. Arrested development, and then drawn into the party that (falsely) promises goodies and blames others for anything perceived as negative.

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  2. Donna Evans October 3, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Here are some other presidential candidates who never released their tax returns: ex-Gov. Jerry Brown who ran in 1992, Ross Perot (also in 1992), nor did Ralph Nader in 2000.

    Personally, I couldn’t care less about someone’s taxes. The IRS does audit the super rich. And none of them do their own taxes but hire well-paid accountants who know the laws and know the loopholes that Congress created. For people concerned about rich people’s taxes, look to Congress since they’re the ones who created the current 500+ page tax codes.

    And since when has most of our politicians (from both sides) ever been concerned about the Constitution? Since AOC et al. are such experts, they would know that many of our Federal Departments aren’t Constitutional. Many of the laws they write are questionably unConstitutional. Maybe all of our politicians AND unelected federal workers need a mandatory course on Constitutional law.

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  3. Fred Flintstone October 4, 2019 at 9:19 am

    It’s sickening that the democrats refuse to accept the results of a legitimate election. Since then they have done ZERO to benefit America, instead it’s nothing but “resist, resist, resist”. Sadly, the media are complicit in this resistance.

    Ask any of your liberal friends for precise, specific examples of that for which they resist Trump. Ask them for well reasoned specifics why he should be impeached. See how many can do no better than parrot the media. I’ve asked a dozen people and none can give me a reason other than “ORANGE MAN BAD!!”

    That’s a pathetic way to run a political party. The ghost of JFK deserves better.

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