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Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:13 PM

 

Thomas Friedman to Dems: Keep Pounding Home the Point

As the country embarks on only the third impeachment trial of a president in its history, there are many unique features about this moment, but one stands out for me: Never before have we had to confront a president who lies as he breathes and is backed by a political party and an entire cable TV-led ecosystem able and enthusiastic to create an alternative cognitive universe that propagates those lies on an unlimited scale.

How can the truth — that Donald Trump used taxpayer funds to try to force the president of Ukraine to sully the reputation of Joe Biden, a political rival — possibly break through this unique trifecta of a president without shame, backed by a party without spine, reinforced by a network without integrity?

There is only one way: Keep it simple.

Democrats need to just keep repeating over and over one question: “Why would an innocent man, and a jury interested in the truth, not want all the evidence out and all the witnesses to testify? Wouldn’t you if you were innocent?”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/opinion/trump-democrats-impeachment.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage


Hey, that's what the Republicans do: They settle on a talking point and, however untrue, however ridiculous, keep saying it over and over and over again. We're all familiar with the adage that lies become true via repetition, but we don't even have to come up with a lie, BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THE TRUTH! All we need do is beat everyone---in Congress, the media, the general public---over the head, over and over, that what Trump did with Ukraine was criminal activity. As Friedman himself states later in the op-ed,

So keep cutting through {the bullshit and distractions} with that simple question: “Why would an innocent man not want all the evidence out and all the witnesses to testify? Wouldn’t you if you were innocent?” Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.

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Response to Southern Blueneck (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:29 PM

1. Yes. That is what works in an Election Year.

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Response to Southern Blueneck (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 05:13 PM

2. Recommended, and welcome to DU.

And the GOP repeats their lies. Schiff and the others did very well by essentially presenting the case against Trump in their initial presentation.

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Response to Southern Blueneck (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 05:22 PM

3. Excellent advice.

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