Trump: ‘Failing to Impeach…A Grave Abdication’

April 19, 2019

Foggy and damp this Friday evening on California’s north coast, and though it’s been that way all day, an earlier dog-run on Ma-le’l Dunes was still a terrific venture.
Showers maybe tonight, decent rain still expected Saturday, but otherwise dry for awhile, with even sunshine supposedly all next week…

Meanwhile, release yesterday of the so-called Mueller Report was indeed a somewhat watershed episode, and still way-up in news coverage again today, and most of it just appears to confirm what I’d known since the beginning, and maybe even way-before that long, ugly ride down Trump Towers’ escalator — the guy is a chickenshit phony.
David French, an attorney and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, at Time today:

The Mueller report stands as a monument to reality.
It plainly and clearly makes the case that Donald Trump is not the man his supporters think he is.
He’s not bold.
He’s afraid.
They attributed to him a primitive form of loyalty, where he was good to people who were good to him.
Instead, he’d harm his own son to win a single news cycle.
His foolish hiring decisions have come back to haunt him time and again.
President Trump is weak — too weak even to commit the acts of obstruction he desired.
As the Mueller report stated, Trump’s attempts to influence the investigation “were mostly unsuccessful,” but it’s “largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
He’s not strong.
He’s not wise.
He’s not honorable.
And sometimes, when his subordinates disregard is orders, he’s not even truly the president.
Regardless of his potential criminality, there is nothing revealed in the report that is admirable — or alpha — about Donald Trump.

And even deeper still — via Vanity Fair this afternoon: ‘A former West Wing official made a more prosaic case. “Trump stinks,” the person said. “The report gives everyone a better whiff of the odor.”

Politically-legally the smell-test to this shit is getting serious:

Up until yesterday, the move of Democrats, and most half-ass thinking people, centered on the 2020 election. Impeachment would never clear the Senate, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, now in Ireland with a congressional delegation, said today she ‘ wouldn’t criticize’  the T-Rump while she’s out of the country — whatever that means. Other Dems have also shied away from the word, ‘impeachment.’
Except the young’uns — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to rumble, and of course, Rashida Tlaib, yelled it out near-immediately, ‘“…we’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!’”‘..
Further via an op/ed by Michelle Goldberg in the New York Times this afternoon:

Numerous commentators have said that the report reads like a road map for impeachment, and in a remotely functional country that’s what it would be.
Mueller makes it clear that because of the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted, “we determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes.”
Instead, the evidence is laid out for congressional action, or even for prosecutors to indict after Trump leaves office.

Numerous commentators have said that the report reads like a road map for impeachment, and in a remotely functional country that’s what it would be.
Mueller makes it clear that because of the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted, “we determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes.”
Instead, the evidence is laid out for congressional action, or even for prosecutors to indict after Trump leaves office.
The test for us now is how much evidence still matters.
Before the report came out, William Barr, Trump’s attorney general, created a fog of disinformation around it, blatantly misleading the public about what it contained.

Democrats, conversely, have facts on their side, but not conviction.
They are reluctant to begin an impeachment inquiry into Trump because majorities, in polls, don’t support it, and there is no Republican buy-in.
Whether or not this is politically wise, failing to impeach would be a grave abdication.
If you want people to believe that the misdeeds enumerated in the Mueller report are serious, you have to act like it.
To not even try to impeach Trump is to collaborate in the Trumpian fiction that he has done nothing impeachable.

Hence, a bold, rightly move by Warren. The following video came from out of the Times piece, entitled, “It’s Mueller Time! Trump Administration Season Ending,” and composed to the 1963 song, “From Russia With Love.”
Although produced in 2017, I’d never seen it before — absolutely heart-felt, happy-hilarious:

And off we go into the weekend…

(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman,’ found here).

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