President Donald Trump, often targeted by Democrats and leftist media as an unpleasant figure for his disdain toward the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry and just about everything else—but who can blame him?
RealClearPolitics contributor Victor Davis Hanson in a blistering Dec. 12 analysis pointed out that, it isn’t President Trump’s fault to be hostile toward the impeachment inquiry against him.
“No president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election,” Hanson explained.
“Do we remember “the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump from assuming office,” the “first impeachment try during his initial week in office,” “attempts to remove Trump using the ossified Logan Act or the emoluments clause of the Constitution” and “the idea of declaring Trump unhinged, subject to removal by invoking the 25th Amendment?” Hanson questioned, naming events where Democrats have repeatedly tried to unseat the Republican president.
Hanson continued, noting that not even special counsel Robert Mueller’s $35 million investigation that lasted almost two years—was able to find President Trump “guilty of collusion with Russia” in the 2016 election and “failed to find actionable obstruction of justice pertaining to the non-crime of collusion.”
“Now, frustrated Democrats plan to impeach Trump, even as they are scrambling to find the exact reasons why and how,” Hanson continued, noting Democratic efforts to impeach the president through “constant endeavors to subpoena Trump’s tax returns and to investigate his family, lawyers and friends” but to no avail.
Arguably, Hanson wrote, this is a situation where “most presidents might seem angry after three years of that.
“Yet in paradoxical fashion, Trump suddenly appears more composed than at any other time in his volatile presidency,” Hanson added. “Ironically, Trump’s opponents and enemies are the ones who have become publicly unhinged.”
Democrats and their supporters did not leave behind a brilliant impression in their desperate endeavor to remove the president.
Former Vice President Joe Biden “recently had a complete meltdown while campaigning in Iowa,” where he unloaded on an 83-year-old former Marine and retired farmer, calling the elderly man “a damn liar” before challenging him to “a push-up contest or footrace.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) “stacked the witness list by bringing in three left-wing law professors, as opposed to one Republican centrist witness” in hope that “partisan academics might sway the nation.”
“All three seemed angry, petulant and condescending. At least one came into the proceedings with paper and video trails of anti-Trump animus,” Hanson wrote, referring to Nadler’s three witnesses.
More shockingly, the “nadir came when one of the witnesses, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, was reduced to making fun of the president’s 13-year-old son,” Hanson pointed out.
Hanson then took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for refusing—or perhaps being unable—to clarify “which particular charges would be brought against the president” when she held a press conference to discuss plans of how the articles of impeachment would proceed through the House.
Pelosi then “lost her cool and shook her finger at a reporter who simply asked her, ‘Do you hate the president?’” before shouting back “Don’t mess with me!”
The House speaker “then retreated behind the shield of her religion by lecturing the questioner that as a good Catholic, she was simply too moral to be capable of hatred,” Hanson jested before taking a jab at Pelosi’s ironic behavior where she “prayed” for the “unfortunate” president.
But in the end, Hanson suggests, Democrats’ hatred toward the Republican president stems from their powerlessness against him.
“The common denominator of all this petulance is exasperation over the inability to derail Trump,” Hanson concluded. “Yet, like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them.”