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The Real Reason Pelosi Keeps Pushing Back On Calls For Impeachment

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Donald Trump has committed enough impeachable offenses to remove 10 presidents from office. Yet Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, does not want to start formal impeachment proceedings. We’ve all heard her reasoning: (1) The public doesn’t want it; (2) He’ll never be impeached anyway; (3) It turns Trump into a victim; and (4) It will badly tear apart an already divided country.

Yet I’m more than a little skeptical about Madam Speaker’s song and dance.  I believe the real reason Pelosi is against formal impeachment proceedings is that she wants Donald Trump to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2020.

If Trump were to be removed from office (a very big “if” considering Trump’s nearly unanimous support among Senate Republicans) we would end up with a President Mike Pence. Come convention time late next year, it is very unlikely Republicans would want Pence as their party’s presidential candidate. It is more likely they would go with a Romney, a Kasich or some other “moderate” Republican who would throw his/her hat into the ring. In other words, there just might be a more formidable opponent for the Democratic nominee.

Forget the myth that Trump would be a strong candidate for reelection. If Trump remains in office, after another year of Congressional (and state) investigations uncovering even more dirt, he would be a wounded duck going into the 2020 contest. This is exactly what Pelosi wants.

Proof that Trump is already in trouble, and not as daunting as some would like you to believe, comes via the most recent Quinnipiac University poll showing, if the election were held today, Trump fares badly against the top Democratic presidential hopefuls:

Former VP Joe Biden over Trump 53 – 40 percent

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Trump 51 – 42 percent

California Sen. Kamala Harris over Trump 49 – 41 percent

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren over Trump 49 – 42 percent

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg over Trump 47 – 42 percent

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker over Trump 47 – 42 percent

Trump never rises above 42% against any of the Democratic contenders in this national survey. Buttigieg and Booker besting Trump?

OK, while this poll is encouraging for Democrats, it’s very early in the game. And let’s not forget there is a thing called the Electoral College to contend with, along with voter suppression, hacked voting machines, foreign interference, voter fraud and other factors that could impact the 2020 election.

Yet, if I’m right, Nancy Pelosi is giving many reasons why not to impeach Trump … except the real one.

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The Man Who Praised The Brave Soldiers Who Died During WWII Fighting Nazism Is Also A Man Who Refuses To Disavow Nazi Support

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On June 6, 1944, 75 years ago today, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. Code-named Operation Neptune and often referred to as “D-Day,” it was the largest amphibious invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control and laid the foundation for Allied victory in World War II.

Today, as part of the 75th-anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, France, Donald Trump delivered a well-written, and well-received, speech in front of a group of WWII veterans.

During his speech, Trump hailed “those who fell” saying “we honor all who fought right here in Normandy. They won back this ground for civilization.”

Yet this is the same man who, in describing the deadly 2017 neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, said there were  “very fine people on both sides.”

During his presidential campaign, Trump refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow the endorsement of former Klansman David Duke.

So, yes, Joe Scarborough, gush over what a fine speech Trump delivered today (“the strongest speech of his presidency”) but let’s not forget those were words read from a piece of paper. They are unlikely heart-felt sentiments of our commander in chief.

To get a better idea of what was on Trump’s mind during the preparation for his big D-Day speech, listen to Dana Milbank of the Washington Post (For D-Day, Trump recalls the heroism of … Donald Trump).

On the night before Trump’s speech, Milbank writes about what was really on Trump’s mind … Bette Midler:

President Trump, staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London, was up early Wednesday morning and already thinking deep and profound thoughts on the theme of the day: himself. 

“Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make ‘your great president’ look really bad,” he tweeted.

It was 1:30 a.m. 

So great, Trump delivered an appropriate speech. But let’s not forget what Trump is all about … himself , his money and his power.

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During U.K. Visit, Trump Confuses Jeers For Cheers

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The Brits don’t like Donald Trump. Massive protests took place today, the second day of Trump’s three-day official visit to London.

A giant blimp of a diapered “Baby Trump” and a large talking Trump robot sitting on a toilet, texting, were among the most outrageous props used by demonstrators on Tuesday.

Yet, if you believe Trump, the English love him!

“There were thousands of people cheering,” said Trump. “I don’t see any protests. I did see a small protest today, very small. So, a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say.”

With such a misreading of what’s going on around him, the question once again remains: Is Trump merely delusional or just a flat-out, pathological liar?

Some would argue he is both.

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The Mystery Of Trump’s “New Do” Solved

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Reprint from moronmajority.com

Donald Trump shocked onlookers when he made a surprise appearance this Sunday at a Virginia church. Gone was his trademark coif. Trump’s hair was slicked-back.

Many speculated it was a case of “hat hair” (Trump had just come off the golf course). Some thought it was a makeover ahead of Trump’s trip to the U.K. this week.

But those in the know say the father finally took the advice of the son. For years Don Jr. has urged his father to ditch the intricate “hairspray labyrinth” he’s been sporting in favor of a more “goodfellas” look.

Makers of men’s hair gel are rejoicing over Trump’s new image. ‘He’s a walking advertisement for the greaser, slick-back look,” said an industry spokesperson.

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Madam Speaker, What Is It Going To Take To Start Impeachment Proceedings?

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While Nancy Pelosi and many Democrats in her caucus are slow-walking impeachment proceedings against Trump, deferring to more investigations, ex-ethics chief, Walter Shaub, has tweeted a few “inconvenient truths” for Democrats to consider.

“Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within,” writes Shaub, who served under former President Obama and then for six months under Trump until his resignationin July 2017.

Here is Shaub’s 14-tweet thread of “offenses” committed by the man currently occupying the White House and his administration:

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within:

-Trump obstructed justice
-A McConnell-packed SCOTUS says precedent can be changed more easily than previously thought
-AG Barr is an open partisan and slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre beneficiary

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-White House ignores congressional subpoenas, document requests
-Mnuchin is violating a law on turning over taxes to House
-Barr & Senate allies want to investigate officials who investigated Trump to retaliate against them and deter future efforts to hold him to the rule of law

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-State Dept is setting up a commission to supplant human rights with “natural law”
-An Inspector General found standing room only in border detention cells, with detainees standing on toilets to breathe
-children stolen from parents at the border are dying in internment camps

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump cut resources for investigating domestic terrorists
-FBI- reports a recent significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism
-evidence found of a white supremacist plot to add census Q to help gerrymander in ways “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites”

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump is still resisting setting up defenses against foreign election interference
-Trump’s personal attorney solicited foreign govt investigation of current Trump political rival Biden
-AG Barr said something in a weird interview about investigating former Trump rival Clinton

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-There’s cause for concern Trump/Kushner personal interests may be influencing middle east policy
-Ignoring Congress, Trump declared fake emergency & abused authority to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to continue its atrocities in Yemen, after it murdered a Washington Post reporter

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump declared fake emergency to get more power to ramp up activity at border
-ethics violations (and ethically dubious conduct not rising to a violation) occurring at an unprecedented rate among Trump appointees
-senior admin official says she doesn’t care about an ethics law

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-if impeached, Trump says he’ll try to get SCOTUS to overturn the impeachment
-McConnell, who blocked Merrick Garland ostensibly because it was an election year, shamelessly hinted this week that he’d be willing to fill a SCOTUS position for Trump in an election year

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump is praising autocrats, undermining allies
-Tone of OLC’s recent opinions has changed under Assistant AG Steven Engel, who was tied to one of the torture memos
-Military went to the border for Trump
-Military hid a ship to placate Trump
-Airborne seen wearing MAGA patches

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump admin & Graham inexplicably advocating war in Iran/Venezuela
-DOJ experimenting with new legal theory for prosecuting those who publish classified information (raising a question as to whether the theory will be limited to hostile foreign actors or expanded to journalists)

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-some public voices are normalizing Trump admin conduct
-voicemail from Trump lawyer to Flynn shows a disturbing carrot/stick approach (or worse)
-Trump has seemed to dangle pardons to buy silence or worse
-Trump admin officials are violating records laws to conceal actions

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump said “Russia, if you’re listening”
-Trump said “fine people” marched with nazis
-Trump has told over 10,000 false or misleading statements, per Washington Post
-Trump helped cover up Khashoggi murder, and Kushner’s said to have offered advice to MBS on weathering the storm

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-a foreign prince is reported to have said he has Kushner in his pocket (but denies saying that)
-Helsinki
-Trump’s behavior is erratic and is marked by frequent lies, bizarre public outbursts, name-calling and confusion
-no press conferences, and no transparency

Walter Shaub

✔@waltshaub

Replying to @waltshaub

-Trump allies in congress are either lying about the Mueller report or haven’t read it
-Trump allies in congress are trying to prevent Mueller & others from testifying because they know their base hasn’t read the report and right wing media has kept them from hearing about it

Speaker Pelosi, while Mr. Shaub’s list of “offenses” is long, it is hardly exhaustive of the “high crimes and misdemeanors” committed by Donald Trump. When will enough be enough?

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Stoic, Reserved Mueller Finally Speaks

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The publicity shy, by-the-book Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, delivered a surprise speech yesterday in which he, in the most indirect of ways, called his boss, Attorney General, William Barr a liar.  During his nine-minute press conference, Mueller shot down both William Barr’s and Donald Trump’s “no collusion, no obstruction” mantra.

Mueller explained, under a long-standing DOJ policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office.  “Charging the President with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider,” said Mueller.

The mild-mannered Mueller, however, disappointed many listeners by delivering a speech devoid of bombshells, filled more with implications, hints and innuendos. It was a speech more for professionals to decode than for the American public to consume.

Bottom-line? While he couldn’t complete the job he was assigned to do, the ball is now squarely in the hands of Congress to begin impeachment proceedings for perhaps the most brazen criminal ever to occupy the White House.

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Bobby … Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

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Mr. Mueller (may I call you Bobby? Thanks) it has now been over two months since you handed over your Trump-Russia report to your boss, AG William Barr, and it appears you have gone into hiding.

We’ve heard from all sorts of folks about your report … from those who have actually read the entire thing to those who haven’t a clue about its contents … yet we haven’t heard from the most authoritative analyst… you.

Your findings have not only be distorted and mischaracterized, they have been used by Trump and his sycophants to further their narrative that your entire two-year investigation into perhaps our most corrupt president has been a hoax.

It is way past time for you to end this game of hide and seek,

You have been called to discuss your report before the House Judiciary Committee. You now have the opportunity to set the record straight. So what gives, Bobby?

What is preventing you from doing your duty? From defending your integrity? From getting the facts out to the American people?

We now hear from Chairman Nadler that you are willing to testify but only behind closed doors?

This is no time to be camera shy. Your country needs you. The American people must see your face and hear your voice.

Is your reticence the result of being threatened? Do you fear for you safety?

Knowing your history, I seriously doubt it.

You are a man of honor and courage. A man deserving of the utmost respect. Hell, you’re a decorated combat veteran … a patriot if there ever was one.

It’s time to end your silence and get out there before the cameras … and start talking.

It’s very possible your testimony will tilt the political scales and get members of Congress to do what the Constitution calls on them to do … impeach and remove the brazen criminal now occupying the White House.

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Alabama Zygotes Take Advantage Of New Status

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Reprint from moronmajority.com

Having been declared “persons” under Alabama’s newly passed “heartbeat” law, zygotes have begun to utilize their newfound status. They are organizing.

A spokesperson for the zygotes states they have banned together to press Alabama legislators to enact stricter gun control laws. “The zygotes fear they may be the victims of gun violence once they leave the safety of the womb,” said the spokesperson.

Unfortunately, the zygotes lack the necessary funds to successfully lobby lawmakers. Many are applying for social security cards in order to qualify for public assistance. “Most want gainful employment,“ said the spokesperson,” but they haven’t developed any skills. Some cruelly mock the zygotes by pointing out they haven’t developedperiod.”

Still the zygotes are thankful for the new law that redefines an “unborn child, child or person” as “a human being, specifically including an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability.”

Zygotes in other states considering “personhood” laws are taking notice. If they get their rights, like their Alabama brothers and sisters, this could have serious implications for gun control efforts and the continued viability of the NRA.

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Why All The Pelosi Love And Praise?

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If you believe the spin put out by even some reputable news outlets, Nancy Pelosi is a genius; a “master strategist.” We’re told she has Trump’s number; knows how to get under his skin; plays chess while Trump plays checkers; has Trump wrapped around her little pinky … and so on and so on.

The reality is Nancy Pelosi is none of the above. By not initiating impeachment proceedings, she is no better than her loathsome Republican counterparts. She is putting party above country … politics above the rule of law.

It’s pretty sad when some Republicans are calling for Trump’s impeachment … but not the Democratic Speaker of the House! If Pelosi had her druthers, Trump’s fate would be decided by the 2020 election.

A current Republican U.S. representative, Justin Amash (R-MI), has called for Trump’s impeachment. And now a former Republican representative, Tom Coleman, from the red state of Missouri, is calling both Trump and Pence ‘illegitimate.”

Said Coleman in an article he recently wrote for The Kansas City Star, “While Mueller did not find sufficient evidence that Trump or his campaign had violated a criminal statute, the net effect was that the Trump campaign encouraged a foreign adversary to use and misrepresent stolen information on social media platforms to defraud U.S. voters. Because the presidency was won in this way, the president’s election victory brought forth nothing less than an illegitimate presidency.”

Coleman goes on to say, “The political calculus not to pursue impeachment is understandable. Current polls show a majority of voters do not favor it. But critical times require exceptional leadership. Lawmakers of both parties should not blindly follow the polls but instead follow the evidence and their conscience. Politics should not rule the day. Partisan politics is what got us to this dangerous place — so dangerous, I believe, that the survival of our democracy is at risk.”

“Master Strategist” Pelosi needs to start, at the very least, an impeachment inquiry ASAP. Get the evidence out. The American people will be on board with formal impeachment once they learn the true facts contained in the Mueller report.

As Coleman noted, “This process would allow a full public review of wrongdoing, while providing Americans an opportunity to obtain a better understanding of the consequences to our national security and the lingering threat to our democracy.”

Tom Coleman concludes his opinion piece with this poignant observation:

I believe the public would conclude Democrats are no better than the Republicans who have enabled Trump for the past two years, putting party above country. It could hand Trump a second term. Failure to pursue impeachment is to condone wrongdoing. To condone wrongdoing is to encourage more of it. To encourage wrongdoing is to give up on the rule of law and our democracy. To give up on the rule of law and democracy invites autocracy and eventually dictatorship. History has taught us this outcome. In my lifetime, it has occurred in other places including the Soviet Union and Germany, as well as in Russia and Venezuela today.

Nancy do your duty, politics be damned.

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