There are many problems associated with having a large field of presidential candidates – not the least of which is that it often results in the nomination of the most extreme – read that, unelectable – candidate.
While the 18 candidates who ran for the Republican nomination in 2016 and the 23 – and growing – Democrat candidates in for 2020, we often have a relatively large number of candidates. The only difference is that the media – and we the people – tend to ignore most of them.
In past elections, there were unwritten rules covering the handling a large field of candidates. It was to separate the wheat from the chaff – the serious contenders from those whose support does not extend beyond family and friends. If a candidate was polling below five percent, they were usually determined to be “not serious.”
Although I have never been involved in a presidential debate, as executive director of the City Club of Chicago, I negotiated several Senate, House, gubernatorial and other debates. Who would be on the stage was usually restricted by the unwritten rule of five percent. This was often the requirement of a co-sponsoring news organization. Though the rule was never officially cited, news coverage – or lack thereof – generally followed in that tradition.
On 2016, Republicans used a modified version of the rule to determine which candidates would be on the mainstage debate and which would be relegated to the separate kiddie pool event. There were some off-the-wall candidates who did not get invited to participate in either platform.
There has been a demonstrable change in terms of the long list of Democrat presidential candidates. They are taking a much more egalitarian approach. Every one of the candidates will be treated equally – well almost. The Democrats first presidential debate will take place over two nights.
The rule kept down the number of candidates because the marginal candidates – those with overblown egos – could get no traction. The news media ignored them – as did the funders. That is yet to befall those Democrat presidential candidates who languish in the less-than-one-percent polling level, but in the meantime, they are getting the treatment of serious contenders.
That is providing a huge communications benefit for the Democrats. With each of the 23 (so far) candidates getting media interviews and being invited to participate in several so-called “townhall meetings” and two-hour interviews characterized by softball questions, the Democrats anti-Trump, anti-Republican message is getting scores of hours of airtime – essentially political infomercials. In the media, it is essentially an 23 person ambush on Trump – with the media playing it to the Democrats advantage.
The two-hour appearances do not include all the pre-event promotion and post-event analysis – virtually all of which will be very positive. It was a recent townhall-as-infomercial that is supposed to restore former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke to some semblance of visibility and credibility. You will recall that he descended from being one of the most excited candidates in the early presidential field into the abyss of political irrelevancy in the Democrats game of Whack-a-Mole.
When the press and pundits wonder why some of these folks have jumped into the presidential race – with zero chance of even coming close – just look at all the exposure and publicity they are getting. For some, it may be a hope of getting noticed for a Cabinet position or even a vice presidential invitation. It is a level of recognition that they could not have possibly achieved without raising their head out of the hole – even if they eventually get whacked.
So. There ‘tis.
Attorney General William Barr is defending his actions related to the release of the Mueller report, saying that he felt that the rules were being changed to hurt President Trump. Barr said that his handling of the report and its aftermath is rooted in a desire to defend the power of the executive branch rather than personal support for President Trump.
“I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul,” Barr told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday. He made the statement in El Salvador, where he traveled last week to boost support for Trump’s policies toward the violent street gang MS-13.
“At every grave juncture the presidency has done what it is supposed to do, which is to provide leadership and direction,” Barr added. “If you destroy the presidency and make it an errand boy for Congress, we’re going to be a much weaker and more divided nation.”
Despite Barr’s Claims, Dems Accuse Him of Stonewalling
Despite Barr’s claims in defense of his actions, Democrats have accused Barr and Trump of trying to stonewall and obstruct Congress’ oversight duties; a charge that was repeated Monday after Trump directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. That committee voted earlier this month to hold Barr in contempt after he defied a subpoena for an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer last week, Barr described that vote as “part of the usual political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me.”
Barr has taken the criticism of him in stride, going so far as to approach House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a Capitol Hill event last week and ask her if she had brought her handcuffs.
Barr Launch’s Investigation
Barr has also launched an investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe, telling Fox News that he ordered the investigation because many of the answers he had gotten were “inadequate.”
“People have to find out what the government was doing during that period,” he told “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer. “If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale. I’m not saying that happened but its something we have to look at.”
In the wake of the recent announcement that Attorney General William Barr has appointed U.S. attorney John Durham, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection efforts targeting the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate,” President Trump has called on Democrats to follow suit and investigate “Crooked Hilary,” if they want to salvage their diminishing reputations.
While he continues to stonewall their subpoenas and other demands for documents, Trump has urged top-ranking Democrats to shift their focus to “Crooked Hillary” and the genesis of the “phony” Russia investigation.
The president even suggested House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff could boost their “credibility” by doing so.
“Why are the Democrats not looking into all of the crimes committed by Crooked Hillary and the phony Russia Investigation? They would get back their credibility. Jerry Nadler, Schiff, would have a whole new future open to them. Perhaps they could even run for President!” Trump tweeted on the morning of May 20.
Investigators Are Already Being Investigated
The president’s tweets come as John Durham has already launched his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. Durham is tasked with looking into “all intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election and any misconduct during the early stages of the FBI’s original Russia probe.
Durham is expected to focus on the period before Nov. 7, 2016—including the use of FBI informants as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.
Sources familiar with the new probe say Barr has also directed Durham to specifically review the time period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, telling Fox News last week that “some very strange developments” took place during that time. Barr was referring to the early January 2017 briefing intelligence officials gave then-president-elect Trump at Trump Tower and “the leaking of information subsequent to that meeting.”
During that meeting, Trump was briefed by intelligence and law enforcement officials on Russian election meddling—and was also informed by former FBI Director James Comey about the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier which included salacious allegations against him. Details later leaked to the press.
“That’s one of the things…we need to look at,” Barr said last week in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.
A source also told Fox News that Barr is working “collaboratively” on Durham’s investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Durham is also working with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is currently reviewing allegations of FISA abuses and the role of FBI informants during the early stages of the Russia investigation.
Earlier this month, Nadler’s committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress, after the attorney general failed to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence and materials. Simultaneously, the president asserted executive privilege over the files in a bid to protect them from release.
It is unclear if and when the full House will vote on the contempt measure.
Meanwhile, Schiff said that congressional Democrats could move ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“If we conclude that there is no other way to do our jobs, then we may get there,” Schiff said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” broadcast of May 19.
Unless my memory is failing me, Iran was and is a rogue state that finances attacks on American interests from cyber warfare to terrorism. Their treachery goes beyond America. Iran is a theocracy with a form of Islamic fundamentalism that is a constant threat to Israel and even the non-Muslim nations of Asia. Their alliance to Russia is a double threat to Europe.
Iran is engaged in an intramural Arab war in the Middle East – with Saudi Arabia as the primary counterpoint. With the help of Russia, Iran now exerts effective hegemony over Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and growing influence among Palestinians, as well as in some other Arab and North African nations.
With that being noted, it is obvious that every patriotic American should see the danger that Iran opposes to the security of the United States. We should be united in our support for President Trump’s sanctions against the Iranian regime, his officially declaring the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization and his refusal to allow the ill-advised Iranian nuclear deal to shield the radical clerics from avoiding the consequences of their terrorist activities – as the Obama administration did.
For the better part of this country’s history, it was said that political partisanship ends at the shore – meaning that we always show a united front to our friends AND enemies overseas. Unfortunately, it appears that the zeal to oppose all things Trump has led the left into aligning with our enemies.
In a recent program, MSNBC’s “security analyst,” Ned Price was asked to opine on the growing tension between Iran and the United States. He had been a constant critic of Trump foreign policy at every turn. Like so many others at MSNBC, Price’s role is not objective analysis, but to serve as a mouthpiece for the networks preconceived anti-Trump narrative.
In the case of Iran, he lived up to more than his prescribed purpose. The case-in-point was the sending our military into the waters off the shore of Iran at the order of President Trump – based on the intelligence and recommendations of the State Department and our other intelligence services.
Based on information received from both internal and external sources, Iran was planning an attack on American assets in the region. It was not to be a direct action by the Iranian military. That would be too bold and result in a disproportionate response. Rather it was to be an outlier event using forces sponsored by Iran – potentially terrorist or supposedly quasi-independent militia.
According to the reports, weapons for an attack were being surreptitiously transported aboard civilian vessels. The movement of the American fleet was not to engage in war as much as to get the Iranians to back down. It seems to have worked, since the Iranian leaders claimed they had no intention of attacking any American asset.
What should have been an “atta boy” response to Trump is not how the left likes to do things.
Price declared that we were in a most dangerous moment. Because of the Iranians? Nope! Because Trump has been provoking the Iranians. In fact, Price said that the United States had committed 17 acts of provocation leading up to the current situation. While he did not list all of them, he said they included terminating the nuclear deal, imposing severe sanctions, declaring the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to be a terrorist organization, stopping Iran from selling its oil on the world market.
Ignored was the ravages and carnage of state-sponsored terrorism. Forgotten are Americans currently being held as hostages in Iran. Apparently unheard by Price and others is the constant chant of “death to America” that characterizes Iranian sponsored rallies.
Price went on to say that we – meaning the entire world – should be wary of the claims of the Trump administration. In other words, we should not believe the rationale for sending in the Navy. Instead, we should believe the Iranians. Price accused the American administration of concocting false intelligence to create the predicate for the movement of the fleet.
Price declared that such international gamesmanship could lead to war, if not by intent then by miscalculation. What if one of those supposedly quasi-independent paramilitary groups does, indeed, attack an American asset? It could lead to a bigger conflict.
What was striking about Price’s assessment of the situation is that it sounded like what the Iranian propaganda mill would, and was, saying. In sympathizing with the radical Iranian regime, Price was proving to be one of those “witting or unwitting assets.”
If you are inclined to think that his was one man’s opinion – think again. The obsessively anti-Trump media propped up a string of politicians and pundits with the same anti-American message.
Price was followed on MSNBC by Maryland’s Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen. His message was exactly the same. He called Trump’s “series of provocative actions” dangerous. What if, he hypothecated, the Shia military in Iraq responds to Trump’s alleged provocations? It could lead to war, he suggested.
Van Hollen likened the influence of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House foreign policy advisor John Bolton to Vice President Dick Chaney and Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld in the lead-up to the Iraq war during the administration of President George W. Bush.
The harmony between the Price punditry and the Van Hollen statements was that Iran has been victimized by the American administration. Both expressed sympathy for what they considered an understandable and justified reaction.
It is almost impossible – no it IS impossible – to find a time in American history where so many of one political viewpoint have expressed a view in opposition to United States foreign policy and such verbal support for a dangerous rogue nation. Yes, there were people in the United States who opposed opposing Hitler, but it did not come from supposedly responsible and ethical members of the media – and most certainly not from members of the House or Senate.
While there has long been a “hate America” undercurrent by the radical left, the election of Trump appears to have brought it to the mainstage of the Democratic Party. We do not jail people for dissent or the most objectionable opinions – and that is a good thing – but must not let the anti-American sentiment become meanstreamed. The #NeverTrump Resistance Movement pleads that we do not normalize the President, I would suggest that we are in far greater danger if we normalize the rhetoric of Price and Van Hollen.
If we were officially at war with Iran, such aiding and abetting of an enemy would be considered treason. Not being officially at war creates an important distinction, but it does not make the endorsement of Iran by these reprobates any less offensive.
So, there ‘tis.
It seem like instead of your “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…President Trump only wants countries to send their “top talent” to our shores.
Trump has just unveiled his long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the US accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.
“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.
The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.
According to Fox News, currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections already inside the country. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”
“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”
Plan Would End “Chain Migration”
Trump has long sought to end what he has called “chain migration” as part of his broader push to reform America’s immigration laws and who is allowed into the country.
The president has also frequently called for the end to the visa lottery program, something his immigration plan seeks to do. It would be replaced by a new “Build America Visa” program that would recognize “extraordinary talent” and “people with professional and specialized vocations,” including exceptional students.
The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order – the so-called “dreamers”.
However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims.
Trump concluded his presentation of the plan by presenting it in stark contrast to anything the Democrats have proposed on immigration. “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly, lawless chaos,” he said. “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”
“Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that strengthens our traditions, our culture and our values,” he said.
Controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, doubled down on her polarizing remarks about having a “calming feeling” whenever she thinks of the Holocaust, and that Palestinians created a “safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust during her recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” suggesting that here words were taken out of context and she should be speaking to “racist idiots” at a fourth-grade level.
Her remarks to Meyers followed comments which drew the ire of her critic she made during a Yahoo News podcast interview, where she said that the WWII genocide of six million Jews gave her a “calming feeling” as well as offering revisionist history for claiming that Palestinians welcomed Jews to the Middle East when Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini was actually an ally of Adolph Hitler and met with the dictator in 1941.
Tlaib tried to justify her heinous remarks to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers by saying that her grandmother lives in the West Bank, which she referred to as “the occupied territories of Palestine” and how many of her ancestors “died” or “gave up their livelihood” to provide that safe haven for Jews, which she wanted to “recognize and honor.”
“I want all of us to feel safe. All of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter our ethnicity, no matter even our political opinions, we all deserve that kind of equality and justice. And, you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light and it was unfortunate,” Tlaib explained. “You know, I got a text from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.'”
How hard is it to understand what kind of vile human being can have any kind of “calming thoughts” about the horrific death of six million Jews?
In regard to Tlaib’s words, President Trump tweeted, “Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?”
The Republican Jewish Coalition said, “The only reason to ever take a ‘calming feeling’ from reflections on the Holocaust is out of hatred for the Jewish people.”
Trying to give her an undeserved benefit of the doubt, Seth Meyers responded by saying it “wouldn’t hurt” if everyone spoke on a “fourth-grade level” about the complex history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also told Tlaib that there’s a “bad-faith argument” regarding the notion that she was “calmed” by the Holocaust, but mentioned that there was a “good-faith argument” that her history was “not in alignment with everyone else.”
Tlaib was widely condemned by GOP lawmakers as well as President Trump, who accused her of “tremendous hatred,” and was widely defended by Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, who called the “smear” attempt “outrageous.”
Even if you want to debate what she was referring to in “feeling calmed,” for the record, she is totally wrong about the picture she is painting of post-World War Two Palestine. Representative Tlaib said that Jews were given “safe haven” in British Mandate Palestine after the Holocaust. This is simply not true. Arabs who lived in British Mandate Palestine did not welcome Jews who fled to their historic homeland before, during and after the Holocaust. In fact, the local Arab leadership worked to bar the entry of Jews to Mandate-era Palestine.
President Trump supposedly will sign an executive order sometime this week which bans telecom companies in the U.S. from using equipment considered risky to national security. Sources have told Reuters that the order isn’t expected to specifically target any individual countries or companies, but will unquestionably have the greatest impact on the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Reuters quoted three officials within the U.S. government who mentioned that the Trump administration had been working on the plan to implement the executive order for more than a year, postponing it a number of times and possibly postponing it once more.
If President Trump pulls the trigger and issues the order this week, he would draw upon the legal authority to prohibit U.S. companies from buying equipment that could potentially present a security risk, as the Trump administration currently believes is the case with Chinese firms like Huawei.
An executive order of this nature would bring into play the International Emergency Economic Powers Act – an act that gives the president the authority to apply oversite to commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the country.
Sources say that when and if it’s enacted, the order will instruct the Department of Commerce – working alongside other government agencies – to formulate a plan to enforce these measures.
If Trump signs it, the executive order would come in the midst of an especially precarious time in relations between the United States and China as the two largest economies in the world increase tariffs in a battle over what officials in the U.S. describe as China’s unfair trade practices.
Many officials inside Washington maintain that equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd – the third-largest smartphone maker in the world – could be used by the communist Chinese state to spy on Americans. Spokesmen from Huawei have continually denied these allegations.
Last summer, the Trump administration put forth a ban on U.S. government agencies from using equipment from Huawei and ZTE, another sizeable Chinese telecommunications company. In response to the ban, Huawei is suing the U.S. government – demanding that it be overturned.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has repeatedly acted to block China Mobile from supplying telecommunication services in the U.S. and could even prevent other companies from China from accessing the American market-related grounds.
This week, the Trump administration has increased its criticism of technology theft and security threats posed by the Chinese government, possibly foreshadowing its plans to enact an executive order.
Chris Krebs, the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity director has warned that the Chinese government could demand that Chinese telecom companies force users to accept software updates with hidden back doors and deliberate security flaws which would allow Chinese agents to steal data and intellectual property from U.S. or European companies or even disrupt critical infrastructure. Krebs also suggested that Chinese agents could be embedded in teams of technicians sent from China to set up or service telecom equipment.
“This is a single-party government. Everything that flows from the central party is a manifestation of their philosophy,” asserted Krebs, citing the newly enacted Chinese cybersecurity law which grants the Communist Party absolute and unchecked authority to utilize Chinese companies for intelligence work.
In response to the recent claims made by U.S. officials, Beijing contends that it hasn’t compromised the security of Huawei equipment and asserts that charges that it has are simply an attempt to ‘smear’ Chinese companies as a tactic in the wider U.S.-China trade war.
The divide between moderate Democrats and the party’s radical Left has widened over the latter’s desire to abolish ICE – and may either SPLIT the party in two or force moderate Democrats to submit to the demands of their party’s hijackers. The assault against ICE began months ago from radical left-wing activists and journalists pushing the open borders narrative, labeling the agency as cruel and heartless for “ripping children away from their mothers.”
The propaganda gained momentum as the mainstream media continued their assault on the agency – with images of children being held in detention areas while their parents were being processed for entering the United States illegally. When many of those pictures were proven to be taken during the Obama presidency or were staged by protesters, the strong rhetoric and calls for abolition did not change.
More than 150 “Democratic” elected officials across the country signed an open letter calling for the elimination of ICE.
“As one of our newest federal agencies, ICE spends more time destroying communities than it does keeping communities safe while violating basic civil and human rights. The experiment that is ICE has failed, and must be ended as soon as possible,” the letter states.
For the record, this is the same agency that ventured into dangerous neighborhoods in New York City recently and arrested 114 fugitives during an 11-day operation focused on sex trafficking.
The arrests netted ICE 82 illegal aliens with criminal records, including many with prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and fraud. Others had pending criminal charges, including assault, larceny, sexual exploitation of a minor – and one a manslaughter conviction.
Thomas Decker, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York, said at the time, “Our nation has a proud history of immigration, but we are also a nation governed by laws specifically designed to protect its citizens and residents. ERO deportation officers are committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by our legislators.”
Concluding, “Of those arrested during this operation, nine were released from New York custody with an active detainer, which poses an increased risk to the officers and the community.”
When President Trump was asked recently by Fox’s Business’ reporter Maria Bartiromo about the Democrats’ proposed abolition of ICE, the president’s response said it all:
“I hope they keep thinking about it, because they’re going to get beaten so bad, you know these are the guys that take out MS-13, because they’re much tougher then MS-13, by a factor of 10. You get rid of ICE you’d be afraid to walk out of your house, I love that issue if they’re actually going to do that, they’re seriously talking about.”
The President pauses a moment and continues, “Between Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and getting rid of ICE, and having open borders, if that’s going to be their platform, I think they’ll never win another election, so I’m actually quite happy about it.”
Apparently responding to President Trump’s vow to “investigate the investigators” and get to the roots of the “witch hunt,” beleaguered Attorney General William Barr, has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection efforts targeting the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate,” a person familiar with the situation told Fox News.
John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will conduct the inquiry, the unnamed source said. The move comes as the Trump administration has pushed for answers on why federal authorities conducted the surveillance — as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.
Two corroborating sources told Fox News that Barr was “serious” and had assigned DOJ personnel to the probe. Durham is known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, Fox News is told.
Abuse of the FISA System?
Sources familiar with the matter say the focus of the new probe includes the pre-transition period — prior to Nov. 7, 2016 — including the use and initiation of informants, as well as potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses.
If you recall, it was revealed earlier this month that an informant working for U.S. intelligence posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try extracting any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia from George Papadopoulos, then a low-level Trump foreign policy adviser.
Papadopoulos told Fox News the informant tried to “seduce” him as part of the “bizarre” episode.
Durham’s appointment comes about a month after Barr told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016. He later said he didn’t mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel’s investigation. The Connecticut attorney’s new review would exist alongside the ongoing probe by DOJ Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, who is continuing to review potential surveillance abuses by the FBI — an investigation that began last March and that Fox News is told is nearing completion.
Durham previously has investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters. He is set to continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut.
In a series of recent tweets, President Trump blasted Democrats for saying that the United States has been facing a “constitutional crisis,” calling it “pathetically untrue.”
Trump tweeted, “The Democrats new and pathetically untrue sound bite is that we are in a ‘Constitutional Crisis.’ They and their partner, the Fake News Media, are all told to say this as loud and as often as possible. They are a sad JOKE! We may have the strongest Economy in our history, best employment numbers ever, low taxes & regulations, a rebuilt military & V.A., many great new judges, & so much more. But we have had a giant SCAM perpetrated upon our nation, a Witch Hunt, a Treasonous Hoax. That is the Constitutional Crisis & hopefully guilty people will pay!”
Trump’s scathing tweet came four days after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., declared a “constitutional crisis” after his committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying documents.
The next day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she agreed with Nadler’s statement that the U.S. was facing a “constitutional crisis.”
“This administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take,” Pelosi told reporters during her regularly scheduled news conference last week on Capitol Hill.
The Biggest Hoax in American History
Nadler’s committee voted along partisan lines to hold Barr in contempt on Wednesday and angered the White House by not delaying the vote. At the same time, the president invoked executive privilege — refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas.
Nadler accused the White House of “stonewalling” the American people and attacking “the essence of our democracy.”
Barr was set to testify before the House panel earlier this month, following his remarks before the Senate, but pulled out after Democrats insisted committee staff, rather than members of Congress, be allowed to ask the questions.
Rather than any kind of “constitutional crisis” President Trump continues to see the Mueller investigation as nothing more than a great big hoax, also tweeting, “Despite two years and millions of dollars spent, the Democrats are acting like crazed lunatics ever since the results of the Mueller Report were made public. But they knew there was NOTHING even before the Report was started. It is all a big Hoax, the biggest in American history!”
In an ongoing slew of vitriolic tweets, the president continued that the only, ’Constitutional Crisis’ is the Democrats refusing to work. Let them start by fixing the mess that their Immigration Laws have caused at the Southern Border.” Which was followed by another tweet in which he defended his stance on trade with China, and said that China would be happy to back a democrat in 2020. “China is DREAMING that Sleepy Joe Biden, or any of the others, gets elected in 2020. They LOVE ripping off America,” Trump tweeted.