President Trump’s defense against impeachment is bombastic, full of lies and incoherent to the point of lunacy, which is no surprise. Republicans are beclowning themselves to pretend Trump is making sense — and that, sadly, is also no surprise.
Trump has described his smoking-gun phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “perfect,” which is only true from the point of view of the prosecutors in his impeachment trial, if it comes to that.
His lawyer has claimed that Zelenskiy was the first to mention Joe and Hunter Biden, while the rough transcript of the call clearly shows that it was Trump who did so. He has demanded that the whistleblower be unmasked, hoping no one will notice that the allegations in the whistleblower’s complaint have been confirmed by documents and statements released by the White House.
Trump has accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of “treason” and demanded that they be impeached. After first refusing to say whether he wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, he admitted it and called on China to investigate them, too. And as for Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah — who said that Trump’s requests to Ukraine and China were “wrong and appalling” — Trump has called him a “pompous ‘ass’ ” and wants him impeached, too.
Romney and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, however, are the only prominent GOP officeholders thus far to call out Trump for the conduct that will likely get him impeached. The bootlicking cowardice of today’s Republican Party knows no bounds.