On the eve of his impeachment President Trump wrote a 6-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here are follow-ons to my analysis yesterday.
Glen Kessler (Washington Post) does some Fact-checking President Trump’s impeachment letter to Pelosi.
Reading President Trump’s impeachment-eve letter to the House speaker seemed very familiar to The Fact Checker. It’s like a written version of his campaign rallies, replete with false claims we have fact-checked many times before either in individual fact checks or in our database of false or misleading Trump claims.
Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post wrote how It is hard to capture how bizarre and frightening Trump’s letter to Pelosi is.
On the eve of his impeachment, a stain that obviously torments him more than his enablers have let on, President Trump issued a rambling, unhinged and lie-filled letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). It is difficult to capture how bizarre and frightening the letter is simply by counting the utter falsehoods (e.g., repeating the debunked accusation that Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired for investigating Burisma; claiming Congress is obstructing justice; arguing he was afforded no rights in the process), or by quoting from the invective dripping from his pen.
What is most striking is the spectacle of the letter itself — a president so unhinged as to issue such an harangue; a White House entirely unable to stop him; a party so subservient to him that it would not trigger a search for a new nominee; a right-wing media bubble that will herald Trump for being Trump and excoriate Democrats for driving the president to this point; and a mainstream media not quite able to address a public temper-tantrum (resorting instead to euphemisms such as “scorching,” “searing,” etc.). The letter and the response (or lack thereof) is the perfect encapsulation of the state of American politics — in which one major party has bound itself to the mast of a raging, dangerous narcissist while the other cannot uphold the norms and institutions on which our democracy depends.
The Arizona Blue Meanie has choice words about what that letter means for our nation as On eve of impeachment, Donald Trump comes undone.
Donald Trump is increasingly erratic and untethered from reality. He demonstrates daily that he is mentally and emotionally unstable, and is getting worse. He is a danger to himself and to society. Trump has always been morally unfit to hold the high office of the presidency.
If Trump’s coconspirators and accessories in Congress who are aiding and abetting his crimes in progress — On impeachment eve, Trump repeats the crime: Even as the House on Tuesday worked out the rules of the debate that will almost certainly see President Trump impeached by Wednesday night, Trump and his team continued to commit the very offenses for which he is being punished — “acquit” him in a sham trial in the Senate, Donald Trump will feel unbound to abuse his power. He will be freed to become the autocrat of his dreams.
There is no telling what outrages we are likely to witness over the coming year — the prosecution of Trump’s political opponents by his corrupt Attorney General, the rigging of the 2020 election with the assistance of foreign interference from Russia, and if Trump still manages to lose the election, his refusal to concede the presidency by questioning the electoral integrity and legitimacy of the election (which he has undermined), or by force of arms from his unhinged followers in the personality cult of Donald Trump, something he previously threatened in 2016.
This coming year is going to be the most unsettled and dangerous time in American history since the election of 1860, and the secession of the Confederate States and Civil War that followed in its wake, all because Republicans in Congress have abdicated their constitutional duty in support of an obvious madman who is hellbent on destroying our democratic norms, values and institutions in pursuit of replacing American democracy with an authoritarian autocracy under permanent Republican rule.
The survival of American democracy is at stake. It is time for patriotic Americans to stand up and be counted in defense of the Constitution and American democracy against this existential threat.