As Democrats prepared to approve the procedures Trump toadies have demanded for the impeachment inquiry, Top Toady Rep. Nevin Nunes resorted to some creative name calling to distract from Dear Leader's obvious wrongdoings.
Predictably, Fox News host Laura Ingraham didn't mention how many of the Republican demands were about to be met by the Democratic rules for impeachment when she hosted her all-Republican panel the night before they were voted in.
But Ingraham seemed nervous about what the evidence shows about her favorite p***y grabber because this was the opening exchange:
INGRAHAM: Congressman Nunes, let's start with you. This is obviously in the hands of the Senate, because you just don't have the majority in the House to stop this. Are you concerned, though, that some Senate Republicans aren't with most, overwhelming majority of Republicans nationwide thinking this is a farce?
NUNES: Well, other than Pierre Delecto (Romney) I don't think there's any others.
NUNES: Yes. I mean, you know, we'll see.
Then, perhaps realizing Ingraham might have a point, Nunes deflected. He made a blanket statement, “I think we're going to be OK, because the facts just aren't there,” but he didn't cite a single fact missing or otherwise.
Nunes did have lots of mud to sling, though:
NUNES: We go into the basement every day and things leak out and it's a bit like watching a cult. It's become a cult.
NUNES: And what's happened is, so many millions of Americans minds are poisoned. There's a cult going on in the basement and a SCIF behind locked doors.
And then you walk outside about 50 feet outside the doors and you see another cult and that's the media. They're down there every day - 14 hours a day. And you know at times it will swell to like a 100 people in the mainstream media. And they're just waiting for the marching orders that - that the Democrats--
NUNES: And then they run the narrative up. And that's what we deal with every day. And it's been this way for more than two years.
The other Trumper guests, Reps. Lee Zeldin and Bradley Byrne were a Greek chorus of sycophancy. Zeldin predicted “a total Schiff show,” which earned a cackle of approval from Ingraham. Then he started whining that the House resolution doesn't “guarantee” the minority party can call witnesses or that the transcripts will be released or that there will be an “equal allocation of staff” and that Trump's team can't present evidence or cross-examine witnesses.
Zeldin continued, “So, listen, they're losing the process argument. You want to have a substance argument, bring it on Adam Schiff, because we know that Ukraine didn't even ask about a hold on aid until after August 29th, and it was released shortly thereafter." He forgot to mention the aid was probably released because Trump was under great pressure to do so. Nobody reminded the viewers.
“And you know what the United States of America had to get from Ukraine in order to release to hold on aid? Nothing!” Zeldin said. That may be even more disgusting and anti-American than Nunes' smear. The aid was not a gift. It was appropriated by Congress to impede Russian aggression, i.e. it was thought to benefit our national security.
But national security interests often take a long back seat to Trump interests on Fox News these days. Ingraham suggested that the only national security interest is what Dear Leader says it is: “The Deep State at the State Department wants to run the show. They're the elected people. Trump's just along for the ride, and that's how this goes,” she sneered.
Then Nunes launched what I predict will be a significant right-wing/Republican talking point as we go forward: that Trump was right to screw Ukraine:
NUNES: And for all the people who claim that they're experts in this town ... They have total amnesia about what Ukraine did to Trump as a candidate. They seem to have forgotten, for example, that the Ukrainian Ambassador here in Washington bashed Trump as a candidate.
Ingraham just happened to have at the ready, a January 11, 2017 article from Politico with the unfortunately salacious title, “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” It's very long and very weedy but it states clearly that Ukraine's complicated behavior was nothing like Russia's Putin-directed meddling in our 2016 election
There’s little evidence of such a top-down effort by Ukraine. Longtime observers suggest that the rampant corruption, factionalism and economic struggles plaguing the country — not to mention its ongoing strife with Russia — would render it unable to pull off an ambitious covert interference campaign in another country’s election. And President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, along with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, insists that Ukraine stayed neutral in the race.
But I guarantee you that that will not stop the Trump toadies and their Fox News accomplices from likening Ukraine to Russia (and vice versa) in an effort to defend Trump's traitorous behavior.
Watch it below and be warned, from the October 30, 2019 The Ingraham Angle, via Crooks and Liars.
1) The part-time DNC consultant was nowhere near the level in Hillary’s campaign that Manafort, Don Jr., and Jared were in Trump’s campaign, and there is no doubt the latter group was not freelancing.
2) Is there evidence of the consultant’s abetting Ukrainian agents the way Don, Jr. abetted Russia in his email, or of the consultant messing in the seamy side of Ukraine the way Giuliani did?
3) To be as egregious as Trump earlier this year, in 2015-16 t would have had to have been the case that Obama personally attempted to use his Presidential powers to blackmail Ukraine’s government into helping Hillary.
My guess is that they will eventually retreat to a last stand position that all the unpatriotic, unethical, illegal, self-enriching moves Trump has made may be what they seem to be, but they are justified on the grounds that the man is good for the economy and the only bulwark against the devastation a democratic ascendancy would bring to the nation.