Trump and Supporters Fight Hard against the Coup
Sept. 29, 2019 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani and others hit back hard against the coup against President Trump over the weekend.
Trump took to Twitter, yesterday, correctly attacking the whistleblower complaint as hearsay, and Adam Schiff’s false reading of the transcript of Trump’s call with Zelensky. Here’s his Sept. 28 Tweet:
““The Whistleblower’s complaint is completely different and at odds from my actual conversation with the new President of Ukraine. The so-called ‘Whistleblower’ knew practically NOTHING in that those ridiculous charges were far more dramatic & wrong, just like Liddle’ Adam Schiff fraudulently and illegally inserted his made up & twisted words into my call with the Ukrainian President to make it look like I did something very wrong. He then boldly read those words to Congress and millions of people, defaming & libeling me. He must resign from Congress!”
Trump is also running ads in swing districts blasting the Dems and saying, “They’re trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you, and I’ll never let that happen.” He’s also running an ad showing Biden bragging about how he got the Ukrainian prosecutor fired, that ends: “the Democrats want to impeach him and their media lapdogs fall in line. They lost the election, now they want to steal this one.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham has outspokenly backed Trump and today gave an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” where he said, “I have zero problems with this phone call. There is no quid pro quo here but I do have a problem with Nancy Pelosi. If you believethat Donald Trump did something to hurt this country, you owe it to vote, not talk about impeaching the President. The only way to open up an impeachment inquiry is to vote. We need a John Hancock moment from House Democrats. Quit hiding behind Nancy Pelosi. If you think the President did something wrong in this phone call, then vote to open up an article of impeachment inquiry, and a lot of House Democrats won’t because they’re afraid.”
When asked if it were ethical for Trump to bring up Joe Biden on the call with Zelensky, Graham said,
“Yes, absolutely. I think somebody ought to look at whether or not Joe Biden had the prosecutor fired in an improper way. I love Joe Biden. I don’t want to look at it. I want an inspector general, somebody like Mueller. Did Biden know that his son was receiving $50,000 a month from a gas company being investigated by the prosecutor—on a board being investigated for corruption and the guy doing the investigation is asked to be fired by Biden? I don’t know what happened. It smells to high heaven.”
Graham blasted the hearsay nature of the whistleblower complaint:
“Every American deserves to confront their accuser. So this is a sham as far as I’m concerned. I want to know who told the whistleblower about the phone call. I want to know why they changed the rules about whistleblowers not—the hearsay rule was changed just a short period of time before the complaint was filed. The complaint sounds like a legal document, who help him—who helped this guy write it or this girl write it? We’re not going to try the President of the United States based on hearsay. Every American has a right to confront their accuser.”
His advice to Trump, “Keep fighting back. We have your back on this. I’m openly telling everybody in the country, I have the President’s back because I think this is a setup.... Defend yourself. And that’s what Bill Clinton did.”
Giuliani was on two Sunday shows continuing to detail how his investigation of the origins of the Russia collusion hoax led back to Ukraine and to Joe Biden’s corruption. Also, Trump adviser Steve Miller was interviewed, “I know the difference between a whistleblower and a deep state operative,” he was quoted by Huffington Post as saying. “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple. ... This is about, do you want a democracy in this country or do you want a deep state?” Miller called the whistleblower a political operative whose complaint is dripping with prejudice.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, pressure is being put on all Democrats to fall in line. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who initially said she opposed impeachment, has now changed her mind. On Thursday night, Sept. 26, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that impeachment was a bad idea that would end badly for the Democrats, and that Speaker Pelosi had caved to the “left-wing” of the party. By Sept. 28 he had taken back his remarks and said he fully supports the impeachment inquiry.
On the other hand, Doug Schoen, a former pollster for Bill Clinton who has frequently criticized this current crop of Democrats has an opinion piece in The Hill saying that the impeachment drive will hurt the Democrats and that even among the Dems who have come out in support of impeachment, “many of them still believe it is a bridge too far.”