It’s Day 72 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
Good afternoon Blenders, late again. It’s been a struggle here lately. And I think given it’s almost a new year, I should confess that not all my issues with time management are of others making. (Today actually was real life issues that prevented me from sitting down and typing and researching, but overall it’s not all real life issues with time.)
So if not real life, what’s my problem?
Apathy mixed with frustration =’s lose of objectivity.
I have lost the ability to read his tweets and be objective. It started around the time he labeled those that are not supporters as Human Scum, and the world yawned.
How is that yesterday a poor (in some minds, poor) analogy led to outrage, but actual attacks on our follow American’s by no less the President lead to “It’s just Trump being Trump!”
I can not be objective, I can’t muster up outrage regarding what was viewed as an attack on the President’s son, without going right to “whataboutism,” because our President attacks half the country on the daily and the Right pats him on the head for it.
How can we remain objective?
They cry and whine about bias, they lament the fairness of the process, but yet, they continue to push on us a man that has zero self-control or awareness of self.
We are told we must respect him, or the very least the office in which he sits.
I don’t have respect for the presidency. How can we, when the person that sits in that office, acts 5?
So there it is. I have to readjust how I cover the tweets, because I’m no longer an objective observer I’m Human Scum, as labeled by the sitting President of the United States of America.
*end of Authors whining*
As the News Blender covered on Wednesday, the President fled London to return home from a NATO summit when he was mocked openly by other world leaders and that mockery was caught on tape.
In response to the reporting he on Wednesday responded via tweet.
The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO. I got along great with the NATO leaders, even getting them to pay $130 Billion a year more, & $400 Billion a year more in 3 years. No increase for U.S., only deep respect!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2019
Following the reveal of the video of the mockery, the President singled out Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and called him “two-faced,” yeah, they got along great.
For what it’s worth.
As reporters were leaving the room during Trump's lunch with leaders from countries that meet the 2% NATO threshold, the radio pooler caught Trump saying, "That was funny when I said that guy was two-faced."— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 4, 2019
For Thursday The President has so far tweeted 8 times and retweeted 4 times.
He started with bragging about how he is the reason NATO allies are spending more on their own military defense.
Tremendous things achieved for U.S. on my NATO trip. Proudly for our Country, no President has ever achieved so much in so little time. Without a U.S. increase, other countries have already increased by $130 Billion-with $400 Billion soon. Such a thing has never been done before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
The Washington Post explains that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO allies have increased defense spending in 2018 for the fourth straight year.
2018 – 4 =’s 2014.
But yeah, it’s all because of President Trump.
The President moved on to rage tweeting about the “Do Nothing Democrats.”
The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
…..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to “Clean the Swamp,” and that’s what I am doing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
It turns out that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was listening as shortly after the tweets were sent she made an announcement that called on the House Judiciary Chairman, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to formally draw up Articles of Impeachment against President Trump.
She did not take question during her announcement, saving those for when she held her regular presser as Speaker.
The President responded to the announcement by once again telling the world that his attempt to use a foreign power to investigate a political rival thus aiding in his reelection campaign was “perfect.”
The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats have just announced that they are going to seek to Impeach me over NOTHING. They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller “stuff,” so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
Mueller “stuff” =’s a detailed report of 400 plus pages of how the Trump campaign welcomed Russian help with election 2016 and how President Trump attempted to obstruct a lawful investigation into that conduct.
Know what’s not appropriate?
The President seeking foreign powers to interfere in our elections and then attempting to cover-up that by lying to the American public saying it was about corruption then getting most of the House Rep. Republicans to ask, what did private citizen Hunter Biden do to earn his personal business salary.
If you had the word corruption on your bingo card, congratulations!
After two months of it was the “perfect call,” the President late Wednesday offered a new-ish defense of his July 25th ask for a favor in exchange for military aid and meeting in our Oval Office.
When I said, in my phone call to the President of Ukraine, “I would like you to do US a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” With the word “us” I am referring to the United States, our Country. I then went on to say that……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
The ask after the line “do us a favor though,” was regarding a debunked conspiracy theory that the American owned computer security company Crowdstrike worked with the DNC to frame Russia for hacking the cloud based sever that led to emails being published that reflected badly on political rival Hillary Clinton.
….”I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people…..” This, based on what I have seen, is their big point – and it is no point at a all (except for a big win for me!). The Democrats should apologize to the American people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
He goes on to say in the memo of the call “I would like you to get to the bottom of,” the debunked theory that it was really Ukraine that was interfering in the hopes of electing rival Hillary Clinton.
In the posted image the sentence starts “I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get the bottom of it.” He then moves on to bashing American war-hero Robert Mueller.
In the threaded tweets, that I did separate on purpose he goes on to worry for future Presidents and the rarely used impeachment clause of the Constitution.
….This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
What our Founders did not have in mind was a President and that President’s party viewing the Presidency as a Kingship or Monarchy.
As a reminder in 2016 when President Trump was then elected President the Republicans held the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, they now are the Minority party in the House. They have in off-year elections lost two governorship’s and a state house they controlled since the 90’s. United indeed.
He moves on to push a new approval poll from Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking approval and disapproval numbers.
According to the poll Thursday’s daily tracker shows that “52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.”
They breakdown the poll further; The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2.
Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.Rasmussen Reports.
Man who fled a country after he was mocked accused Pelosi of having a “nervous fit.”
Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she “prays for the President.” I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district Nancy. USMCA?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
As her regular presser was wrapping up a reporter, former Fox correspondent, now of Sinclair Broadcasting Group, James Rosen asked if Pelosi hated the President.
Q: "Do you hate the president?"@SpeakerPelosi: "I don't hate anybody…As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone…So, don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2019
Full video: https://t.co/l9peY9RTzl pic.twitter.com/zpqUaCcVrS
He moves on falling back on an old favorite lie.
Republican Approval Rating = 95%. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
This is still not true.
During a cabinet meeting the President was asked about Impeachment and whether he is worried it might stain his legacy (of rage tweeting, 1.5 trillion dollars worth of tax cuts, families separated at the border, abandoned allies, convicted criminal associates, record spending…) the President repeated that this was a hoax. a “big fate hoax.”
Q: "Are you worried about the stain impeachment might have on your legacy?"— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2019
President Trump: "No. Not at all. It's a hoax. It's a hoax. It's a big fat hoax." pic.twitter.com/rpmnKVOOm8
I can’t promise I’ll update today. I can promise that tomorrows Trump Tweets will not be this late.