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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 01:35 PM

New right-wing defense: Trump is too incompetent to be impeached

From Media Matters

https://www.mediamatters.org/national-review/new-right-wing-defense-trump-too-incompetent-be-impeached

National Review is now seeking to advance a drastic change of strategy for Republicans in how to handle the impeachment inquiry. The conservative magazine says they should admit that President Donald Trump withhed military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure the country to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden — and even admit that it was wrong to do so — but claim that impeachment should still be rejected because the scheme didn’t work, anyway.

There is a major problem here, however: For it to work, countless Republicans and conservative commentators would have to reverse themselves on their previous numerous denials about the events that have taken place surrounding Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — about both whether there was a pressure campaign and whether it was wrong.

It’s a long list of people, including Fox News host Sean Hannity and legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, for example, as well as purported “news”-side personalities on the network like John Roberts, Ed Henry, and Melissa Francis. (It also includes people outside Fox, such as talk radio host and NBC News contributor Hugh Hewitt.) And then there are the congressional Republicans, such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who have staunchly denied that any quid pro quo had taken place. That’s a lot of precious rhetorical work to just send it all down the memory hole. But even beyond that, the revised narrative National Review is floating still doesn’t actually work to explain what appears to have gone on.

An early sign of this stratagem came on Tuesday, when National Review contributor Andy McCarthy — a man who has demonstrated some egregious double standards on impeachment — declared during one of his Fox News appearances: “Now, should they have been asked to investigate the Bidens for violations of Ukrainian law? No. Should the aid have been dragged out after Congress passed it and the president signed legislation to give it to them? No. But at the end, I think, you know, their best defense is going to be, ‘No harm, no foul.’’’

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 01:40 PM

1. It's a tad naive for Media Matters to suggest that

it would be a “major problem” for Republicans to have to do a 180 on their previous statements. Since when has that ever been a problem for the GOP?

They’ll say one thing today and if saying the opposite thing tomorrow suits them, they’ll do it without the slightest shame.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 01:45 PM

2. So...

Does a bank robber get off the hook because he grabbed his kid's Nerf gun instead of his AR-15 when he left the house that morning? Bank robbery didn't work, yunno.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 01:49 PM

3. People didn't know Trump was this nuts, now they do.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:01 PM

4. "Putin tells us it's best for him when America has a really incompetent President"

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:04 PM

5. Really? They're resorting to the Homer Simpson defense?



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