WTF???

My jaw dropped and for a moment I was unable to breathe this morning when the first headline of the day read …

Trump compares impeachment probe to ‘lynching’

This is a new low, even for the ‘man’ who has re-defined such words as ‘crass’, ‘vulgar’, ‘immoral’, and more.  This is … beyond anything that can be defined by words.  And this, folks, is the so-called “president” of the United States.  Here’s what he said … er, tweeted  …

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Even despots who rule third-world countries with an iron hand and where corruption is rampant have more sense than to make such an utterly stupid and offensive remark!  These are the words of a person who is cruel and ignorant, not the words of a person who is ultimately responsible for the lives of 330 million people.

Never mind that the impeachment process is only at the inquiry stage, that Nancy Pelosi and the committees investigating are, wisely, doing everything by the book, and that Trump will get his “due process” and “legal rights” when the Senate holds his trial, as is set forth by the U.S. Constitution.  The bigger issue, besides his whining and lying, is his use of the word ‘lynching’ to describe the investigations.  Nobody has placed a noose around his neck, and in fact, he is more than welcome to simply pack his bags and GO!

It was bad enough when he referred to the impeachment investigations as a “witch hunt”, his favourite word for the Mueller investigation.  It was even worse when he referred to it as a “coup”, which would indicate that he was being illegally unseated by a violent group of people physically forcing him to leave.  But lynching.  That one … takes the cake.  It is a slap in the face to every single person in this nation, whether they realize it or not.  No, Mister Trump, nobody has tied a rope around your neck. Nobody has set out to kill you because of your skin colour.  You are being investigated because it appears quite likely that you have broken the law, failed to uphold the Constitution you took an oath to defend, and abused the power of your office.

Joe Walsh, former GOP congressman who is now running against Trump in the republican primary said it best …

“Again, I apologize. I apologize for voting for Trump in 2016. I apologize for the role I played in helping to put this horrible human being in the White House.”

Ol’ Lindsey Graham, however, decided it was not only okay for Trump to have said what he said, but Lindsey reinforced it …

“So yeah, this is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American. I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody’s accused of major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on their behalf and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge.”

Just what the Sam Hell is “un-American” about it, Mr. Graham?  Read your damn Constitution … it’s right there in black and white!  As to “confronting the accuser” and “calling witnesses”, as a lawyer you must surely realize that comes later in the process.  Where did you get your license to practice law … from a box of Cracker Jacks? And, for you to defend the jackal in the Oval Office … I hope the people of South Carolina finally decide they’ve had enough of you!  I have certainly had enough of you and your bosom buddy McConnell!  It should be noted that Graham was an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of Bill Clinton two decades ago … methinks Graham has been in the Senate far too long!

Lynchings are a part of the darkest, ugliest time in U.S. history.  4,743 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968 in the United States, including 3,446 African Americans and 1,297 whites. More than 73 percent of lynchings in the post-Civil War period occurred in the Southern states, including 164 in Lindsey Graham’s own state.  To use the term to describe a fully legal and Constitutionally mandated process is far beneath the office of president.

It is past time to put an end to this fiasco.  There are serious issues in our nation that need to be addressed, yet not one damn thing is being done because the government has been dragged down by a monster … yes, a monster … in the Oval Office who is ignorant, who is self-serving, and who has no intention of serving this nation or doing the right thing for its people.  It is past time to rid ourselves of this disease.  Any republican who is still defending the indefensible deserves to be sent back home under a cloak of shame, for they have sold their souls upriver.

75 thoughts on “WTF???

  1. Wow… This impeachment thing is really drawing out Trump and Co., as something rather nasty underfoot.

    I watched this from Seth Myers (A closer look), and it seems t aptly capture the lies and the disregard for the office of President as being anything more than another ‘business’ for Trump. Can this get any worse?

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  2. Jill, while the US president is throwing a tantrum with an extremely poor analogy, yet one nore ambassador clearly drew a line to quid pro quo on mulitary aid. Additionally Trump invented a conversation with Mitch McConnell which McConnell says did not happen (not unlike Trump inventing a conversation with the India prime minister, which the PM said never happened).

    Many things concern me, but if Trump’s call with Ukraine was so innocent why did the WH staff try to bury it and why are several ambassadors testifying at great risk with such a vindictive president?

    And, why are two conservative lawyer groups – Republicans for the Rule of Law and Checks and Balances supporting the impeachment inquiry. Mr. Trump, this is not witchhunt, nor is it a lynching. It is Congress looking into what appears to be a criminal action and cover-up that you did.

    By the way, if the president is such a self-proclaimed “stable genius,” why did he abuse his power while being investigated for abuse of power siting the G7 summit at Trump Doral. That was dumb the second it was announced. Keith

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    • I hadn’t heard of the conversation with Mitch McConnell that didn’t happen, but I did read about another such conversation today … unfortunately, at the moment my poor brain is refusing to remember who or what! Like you, any things concern me, not the least of which is … he is obviously feeling a great deal of pressure, and is lashing out in every direction. His bad … nay, horrendous … behaviour is escalating almost daily … what happens when the House calls for an impeachment vote and they vote to impeach? One step closer. What does he do? That is my gravest, or at least most immediate concern.

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      • Jill, the invented McConnell conversation was McConnell saying there was nothing wrong with the Ukraine call. McConnell said he and Trump had no such call. The India PM story is telling. At a press conference with the leader of Pakistan, Trump surprised the Pakistani leader saying the India PM asked Trump to broker a peace talk over Kashmir. Within the hour, the India PM released a statement saying no such request was made. The WH said nothing.

        There are many things to be concerned about the person who controls so many nukes. He does not think he does anything wrong and he does not know the difference between truth and lying. Yet, he may have a problem with fantasy and reality. Keith

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        • Yes, I remember the India one … major faux pas on Trump’s part, but like much else, it was only in the news for about a day. He makes so many atrocious statements that it’s nearly impossible to keep up! I’m with you on that … I think he has a definite perception of reality problem. The sooner he is gone, the better, I think.

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          • Agreed. And, now he has turned some GOP Congressmen into stormtroopers. What is being overlooked is Republican Committee members are in the room asking questions. Two things – without the cameras, there is no questioner grandstanding which is beneficial. Plus, witnesses do not see others testify. I think they need to listen to those who understand that oath thing.

            Keith

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            • if this were republicans holding secret sessions into an impeachment inquiry of a democrat president, democrats would be all over social media demanding that their representatives storm the building. They would be asking their friends to call their representatives, to send email and write letters.

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              • I don’t know if that would be the case or not, Scott. And it’s not a game of “what if”. This is the reality … a legitimate investigation is being conducted and yes, it is in secret, but there are both democrats and republicans on every investigative committee. The results will be made public, but for now, it is a fact-finding mission. I’m so tired of all the hatred, sick to death of the “us versus them” mentality. We have a corrupt president whose horrible decision-making has already cost us our standing among our allies, has already cost us untold millions of dollars. If he has committed an impeachable crime, he needs to go. Let’s let the lawmakers do their job, rather than turning this into a three-ring circus.

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                • Thanks Jill. Republicans are in the room asking questions; one hour of Dems, one hour of Reps, then they alternate. It is my understanding there will be a couple of more weeks, then open meetings.

                  We should not lose sight that Kevjn McCarthy was in line to be Speaker after John Boehner retired until he spilled the beans the Bemghazj hearings were to discredit Hillary Clinton. Here Donsld Trunp admitted to committing a crime in front of our eyes. And, it has gotten worse with the quid pro quo which adds to the crime, We need to get to the bottom of this. Keith

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                  • Yes, I’m hearing mid-November. These members of Congress protesting so loudly seem not to be very savvy of the procedures, do they. In fact, I’m not convinced they have even read the Constitution that they’ve sworn to uphold! We definitely need to get to the bottom of this, and I do wish the republicans would sit down and shut up, stop trying to turn it into a dog and pony show! Sigh.

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            • Yes, and led by Matt Gaetz … what the Sam Heck are the republicans thinking??? I agree with you … they seem to have little understanding either of the oath, or of the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold! Have any of them even read the document? Sigh.

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    • Thank you, Jeff! You always say the nicest things! What happened to ol’ Lindsey? He’s wishy-washy. I suspect he’s trying to hedge his bets, come out on both sides of the fence so that no matter how this all pans out, he can point to a time he defended/criticized Trump. One reader speculated that either Trump or the Russians have some dirt on him. Possible … I doubt it, but … who knows?

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  3. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? I’ve heard stupid stuff from him and this is one of the most offensive things I’ve ever heard. He had absolutely no right to compare his rich keister to being lynched. Name one time in America when people of his skin color were hunted down and killed with impunity because of his ethnicity. Yeah, exactly. 45 also shouldn’t talk because this is the same person who wanted the Central Park Five executed only New York State by running those full page ads. The level of racism, hypocrisy, and moral repugnance knows no bounds. It’s a miracle my head didn’t pop right off my shoulders knowing about that response. I’m pretty sure my maternal ancestors are rolling in their graves right now.

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  4. Bravo, Jill. That crash many heard this morn was my own jaw hitting the floor, and then it nearly fractured hitting again when I read Graham’s comments. My wife and I speculate that either the Russians or tRump has serious dirt on Graham and is being blackmailed to continually support tRump’s corrupt and ignorant positions.

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    • Ahhhh … so that was why I thought we were having an earthquake!!! Yeah, I felt the same … what a great way to start the morning, eh? You may be right about ol’ Lindsey … he flip-flops more than a fish on a dock!

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  5. I know this man is absolutely deplorable but I still find it hilarious that every week people find a reason to say that he’s hit a “new low” hahah… He’s already scraping the bottom, I really don’t think he can get any lower unless he joined the evangelicals in molesting children and broadcasted it on national TV. Although, I’m sure they’d still support him 😛

    I mean he probably already did it with Epstein but *shrugs*

    Hope you’ve been well Jill!

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    • Hey Mat! Good to see you. Thing is, yes he hit bottom long ago, perhaps even before he became president, but the bottom, like a limbo pole, keeps moving lower and lower. Just when we think it can’t get any worse … it does. Sigh.

      Yes, I’ve been well enough! Took a tumble from a ladder a week or so ago and am still hobbling over that one, but otherwise well enough! You? By the way … I was pleased with your election results … were you?

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      • Yikes! Be careful Jill. We need our political blogger well enough to keep us all updated. 😁

        I’m happy with our results but also unhappy by the fact that the conservatives seem to have won the popular vote. Too close for comfort! We almost had our own Trump. Yuck.

        Lucky for you guys I finally believe Trump will be impeached soon. Fingers crossed.

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        • Awww … thanks Mat! Yes, I agree that it was too close for comfort … I think Trudeau’s faux pas of the past year didn’t help. I was also disappointed by the low voter turnout. I hope you’re right about Trump, but … I have my doubts. Sigh. But keep those fingers crossed, Mat … we surely cannot continue along this path!

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  6. From: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/21/lindsey-graham-may-support-impeaching-trump-if-quid-pro-quo-proven/4051241002/

    Sen. Lindsey Graham has become one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill.

    But Graham – who sharply opposed Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria this month – said in an interview with Axios that he will not support the president “at all costs.”

    And the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee did not rule out voting to convict Trump if he is impeached in the House and more evidence against him comes to light.

    “Sure,” Graham said when asked if there was anything that could persuade him to support Trump’s impeachment. “Show me something that is a crime. If you could show me that Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.”

    Last week, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney publicly acknowledged Trump’s quid pro quo in a stunning admission of guilt. It’s on the record now, and it doesn’t matter that he has since tried to backtrack.

    Graham can’t have it both ways. If he defends Trump in the impeachment trial, he’ll expose his own hypocrisy.

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    • Yes, I saw that Graham had said that, and my first thought was … look how he first criticized Trump for pulling out of Syria, and then supported his remark about the impeachment investigations being like a “lynching”. In fact, Graham not only defended Trump, but expounded on it! I don’t trust Lindsey Graham any farther than I can throw a feather. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and changes his views from one day to the next.

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  7. Democrats are being total hypocrites right now in response to Donald Trump’s tweet this morning.
    If you don’t believe me, look up what these senators have said
    regarding the impeachment that happened with Bill Clinton. Here are just a couple of them.
    Dem. Rep. Gregory Meeks on Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998: “What we are doing here is not a prosecution, it is a persecution and indeed it is a political lynching.”
    Democrat Rep. Danny Davis (Illinois) on the impeachment of Bill Clinton: “I will not vote for this nightmare before Christmas. I will not vote for this lynching in the people’s House. I will vote against these resolutions.”
    Yes it’s stupid for the president to tweet such a thing but why can’t people who are outraged at this also remember that democrats have said similar things in the past? it really makes all the outrage look fake and inauthentic when such individuals honestly can’t be fair about any of it. And I am talking in generalities, not your blog specifically.
    remember, if you’re going to be outraged about a tweet by a president, it is very bad optics not to be outraged by the other side, when they have said similar things in the past, no matter what the issue is.

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    • Question, Scott: Are you defending Trump’s statement? Does saying he can do it because someone else did it first make it acceptable? I know nothing of this story, as a Canadian I paid only general attention to Nixon, and Clinton. What particular people said, and who they were, were not of interest. But saying I can kill someone because Joe Schmoe killed Silly Billy does not make something acceptable. It is still a crime.
      Lynching was a deadly, hate-filled racist act in most cases, and to compare impeachment to a deadly, hate-filled racist act is unacceptable, and catastrophising. No one is trying to “lynch” Trump, he has earned anything he gets. He is a criminal potentially being charged with being a criminal. What could be more fitting?

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      • absolutely not but I am saying that if people are going to be outraged over it, they would do well to remember what other politicians have said in the past using the exact same terminology. I just want and hope that people will be fair minded about the issues but that seems to be a dying art in our ever polarizing culture.

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        • No reason to dredge up every instance of people who have made the same or similar remarks … it doesn’t reduce the seriousness of Trump’s crime, and as I said in my other comment, the past is over and done … today we have this glaringly offensive remark by a glaringly offensive person who is tasked with the responsibility of upholding the law and keeping the nation safe, but instead he has made it far more dangerous. Fair minded? I try, but if fair-minded means forgiving Trump for his 13,000+ lies and his atrocities, then no, perhaps I cannot be fair minded.

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    • Well, Scott … you and I often view things a bit differently, though we are on the same side. Thing is, what happened 20 years ago hardly pertains to what is happening today, unless it was precedent-setting. And, the other thing is that as far as I am aware, the politicians you mention were not blatant racists. Trump is. Now, admittedly, I despise the ‘man’ in a way I have never in my life hated anyone before. I consider him to be worse, even, than the likes of Charles Manson. And I admit that it colours my opinion some. But, I did a bit of soul searching and I asked myself … if somebody else, say … Chuck Schumer, who I respect … had said it, would I be up in arms? And the answer is “yes” … it was a racist statement, it was a ridiculously inappropriate statement, it wasn’t even an apples-to-apples comparison, and it was said with vitriol and venom. No president has ever spoken so. So no, I don’t see any hypocrisy here at all. The past is over and done, and frankly I never heard those you mention say what it is reported they said. In any event, that is long since over, but we are faced with this jackal in the Oval Office today, and every day he demeans the office he holds just a little bit more. Hugs!

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  8. This comment — a person who is ultimately responsible for the lives of 330 million people is NOT how tRumpsky thinks of himself. In his mind, the ONLY person he’s responsible for is HIMSELF! And this is exactly why he whines and gripes and complains and TWEETS such childish blather.

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