Trump doubles down during Chopper Talk, now wants a second country, China to investigate opponents
Trump has now demanded again that Ukraine investigate the Bidens while also asking China to do the same thing in advance of trade talks. Aside from unhingery, this may be an attempt to distract from today’s testimony by ex-Ambassador Kurt Volker before Congress.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) October 3, 2019
Ã¢ÂÂ John Sipher (@john_sipher) October 3, 2019
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) October 3, 2019
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) October 3, 2019
Donald Trump is being impeached for using his office to pressure foreign countries to investigate his political rivals. It is not clear Trump understands that, because he simply continues committing this offense in broad daylight.
In remarks to reporters today, Trump was asked what he wants Ukraine to do about the Bidens. He replied, “If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens.” While elaborating on his answer, he added that he would also suggest China launch an investigation of the Biden family.
Of course, the idea that any American citizens should be subject to the Chinese justice system is absurd. The only possible way Trump could desire such an investigation would be if he believes China would fix the outcome in order to win his favor. For that matter, Joe Biden’s actions in Ukraine under the Obama administration had gained bipartisan support at the time, as CNN finds, so there is simply no legitimate basis for an investigation of him. Trump wants a cooked investigation with a predetermined outcome to help him politically.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 3, 2019
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) October 3, 2019
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) October 3, 2019
— Matt Ford (@fordm) October 3, 2019
What we’re witnessing is the birth of a lost-cause mythology for the Trump presidency. His supporters are being told that if he is impeached and removed from office, it won’t be due to the fact he violated his oath of office by inviting foreign governments to interfere in the American democratic process. His downfall will instead be precipitated by a shadowy cabal of partisan Democrats, bent on overthrowing him—and American democracy, by proxy—through corrupt and illegitimate means. The risk here, as with the original Lost Cause narrative, is that it will encourage far-right groups to assault and murder Trump’s political opponents.