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New Democrat Goal – Preemptively Delegitimize 2020 Elections

ElectionAs the formal impeachment case comes unraveled, making removal of President Trump increasingly unlikely, Democratic strategy is shifting. Impeachment and removal – reversing the 2016 presidential election – was the initial Democratic endgame. That objective has run aground. The new goal is delegitimizing a 2020 Trump win.

Look closely, and you will see the colors of impeachment changing. The headlong rush to sully America’s chief executive, arguing by insinuation, inference and presumption he should be removed for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” has all-but-failed.

More Americans are convinced that no further witnesses should be called than want them, 48 percent to 44. House managers, sensing slippage of interest among swing senators, began last week going shrill.
Lead House prosecutor Adam Schiff, who refused material witnesses, transparency and due process in his House hearings, last week labeled the President a “tyrant,” “king,” “cheat,” “danger,” and then rolled out a new canard: The 2020 election is already tainted, has been preemptively delegitimized.

In short, Schiff advanced a two-for-one scheme, that the President – if he cannot be impeached for past actions – must be preemptively impeached to avoid a “tainted” 2020 win, and short of that Americans must understand a 2020 Trump win is illegitimate.

Breathtaking is one word for this remarkable assertion; obsessive might be another. At root, Schiff’s “preemptive impeachment doctrine” boils down to utter disdain and distrust of the American People. He has concluded that, if the American People reelect Donald Trump, they have made a mistake, been deceived, or he has cheated.

Of course, Democrats’ chief fear – which lately animates their every move – is that President Trump, for whom they harbor visceral and personal dislike, may be reelected by the American People. That result looms so largely the only way they see of winning is to delegitimize the win preemptively.

Like Nadler, who warned impeachment is necessary to avoid the future “danger” of Trump becoming a “dictator,” Schiff – and House Democrats – seem to believe, short of removal for cause, Trump must be removed for imaginary future sins. And if preemptive removal is not possible, then his 2020 win must be preemptively discredited on the basis that he “cheated.”

The desperation in this Democratic ploy is more than evident; it is disheartening, an attack on America’s electoral process, the predicate of democracy, the cornerstone of our Constitution and republic, the idea that Americans can be trusted to elect leaders through free and fair elections.

The ugly truth in this desperate pivot is that Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler – indeed, all those who see the world through their darkly tinted lens – do not trust the American people, American voters, that is – you. The only reason to preemptively delegitimize the 2020 presidential election – throwing the kitchen sink at the American voter – is because these Democratic leaders do not trust the American voter.

In one sense, none of this is new. Origins of the Russia probe – what is known today, including machinations within the Obama White House, CIA, Justice Department, FBI and FISA Court – suggest an early fear that the American people, not so much the Russian Government, might turn away from Democrat control of the Executive branch, away from Obama-era progressivism, apart from what Hillary Clinton promised to deliver.

But this latest act, a bold attempt to preemptively undermine faith in the 2020 vote, delegitimizing a second Trump Administration, is something that truly “wows” even seasoned observers of partisan recriminations and historic political battles.

Can you imagine Democrat Adlai Stevenson stomping his feet a year before Eisenhower beat him, saying the win was unfair, demanding a do-over if he lost? Or Jimmy Carter preemptively deriding Ronald Reagan, saying the danger Reagan presented to Democrats required he be displaced, that Americans got tricked? Or George Herbert Walker Bush saying Bill Clinton’s victory was invalid, since Clinton was a lousy choice, Americans had blown it? No, none of those eventualities was even thought about.

Yet here we are, in the Brave New World of “anything goes” partisanship, witnessing not just – to borrow Alan Dershowitz’s title – “guilt by accusation.” Still, preemptive removal of elected leaders, including a president, to avoid policy outcomes we do not want to see.

The word that comes to mind, after disheartening, obsessive, and breathtaking, is disgusting. Americans are proud of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, due process, and a long history of free and fair elections. We are not easily cowed into giving up any of those – or faith in these hallmarks of our republic.

The current impeachment spectacle will wind down shortly, and leave most Americans relieved, some exhausted, others just shaking their heads. Whatever reasonable people think of President Trump’s tweets, style, priorities, and personality, whatever they think of a distraught, divided, overwrought, and somewhat discombobulated Congress, they are likely to retain faith in their own voices.

Those voices – our voices – are always important, and have been since the founding of this pathbreaking, history-making, freedom-preserving republic. But in 2020, given the Democratic House Managers’ pivot to a preemptive attack on the 2020 elections, the voice of average Americans will be more critical than ever. The goal of preemptively delegitimizing the 2020 election – simply cannot stand.


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Richard A Olmsted
2 years ago

Why do editorialists so often insist on including the following: “Whatever reasonable people think of President Trump’s tweets, style, priorities, and personality…”? I think reasonable people don’t care, or in fact welcome his blunt, honest and direct style and personality, because we’re done with typical politician types.

JimR
2 years ago

The Democrats don’t care one iota about this country!
They care about themselves and nothing else!
They are elitist of the highest order!
We no longer need nor want their crap in our country!

Pat R
2 years ago

The Democrats don’t trust the American people eh? Well, guess what — the American people don’t trust the Democrats. With this preemptive move, rather makes one wonder if impeachment was not the Dems preemptive strategy in 2016 election, just in case. Trump WON; and “impeachment” was called for before he even got in the White House. Bears out the preemptive strategy, don’t you think?

Joanned
2 years ago

The Dim o craps R lethal. They need to be contained. I believe Biden is hiding a. Ton of information. Ii am even starting to think he and his family should be prosecuted in lieu of Potus. The truth. Will continue to be revealed!!!!!

James Bair
2 years ago

The election may be delegitimized but not by conservatives but by the huge number of illegal immigrants, “dead” people, those voting as registered voters in many districts and fake online registrations, ballot box stuffing and on and on. The dems know how to that.

John A
2 years ago

These same democrats running the impeachment sham, falsely based their concerns out of respect to our Constitution, while aside from impeachment, they deride that same Constitution as bigoted, racist, etc. and intend to eliminate the Constitution and it’s major amendments, if they ever gain control of the Republic again. What hypocrites!

Alice Baumgart
2 years ago

What profoundly distorted and angry perspectives on the American impeachment and electoral processes offered up in many of the comments. Surely a more civil discourse is called for as the country prepares for the 2020 election The U.S, like other western democracies, is the target of increasing efforts by foreign states to interfere with and damage our democratic processes. Whipping up anger and dissent internally is one way to insure that the 2020 election is open to more manipulation than that in 2016.

Sherm
2 years ago

The biggest reason democrats don’t “trust the American voter” is that liberals feel that Americans are too stupid to know what they want and what they need. In general they feel that Americans must be controlled by the government because we are not capable of understanding our social and economic needs and need liberal leadership to tell us how we need to live and what we should think.

PaulG
2 years ago

“The current impeachment spectacle will wind down shortly, and leave most Americans relieved, some exhausted, others just shaking their heads.”

And therein lies the greatest threat to our republic – and the democrats KNOW this – that the people, who are tired of all this (over 3 years now) incessant bickering, blaming, and bellyaching will shake their heads, and take an exhausted step back, and ask: “What happened? How did our great country get here? What’s different?” And do you know what they are counting on that MOST Americans will do? They are counting on the fact that most will take the EASY and the LAZY way out…the way that leads to “peace and quiet” and an end to the “conflict”. They are counting on the people to say…”What’s different? Well not much changed in Congress, these are the same lawmakers we’ve had for awhile now, so it MUST BE TRUMP who’s the problem. He’s the one that doesn’t compromise or work with them, who’s constantly abusing power, I mean look at all those insulting and arrogant Tweets and that’s how he runs the country, like a bully. We have to get him out of there, if we hope to get our country back.” The democrats are saying it, and they’re repeating it incessantly, hoping they will get “the tired, the poor, the huddled masses” to believe their lies.

And, honestly, watching how the nation has reacted to all the Democrat’s vile ploys to get their way at any cost through accusation, innuendo, and character assassination; to see how quickly the nation as a whole simply forgets it and puts it behind without ANY repercussions or penalties to the perpetrators of lies and the accusers of the innocent; I wonder if “we”, as a nation have decided it’s better to be free of conflict than truly free? If so, the Democrat agitators have won.

I tire of the conflict, but I KNOW who the actual enemies of the republic are, and I know the face of the enemies to freedom: Laziness instead of endurance, an attitude of entitlement instead of appreciation, thinking that security is something others provide to us instead of what we must work diligently to provide ourselves. The democrats’ entire platform is built on these things – look at all the “free” things they promise that “we deserve” so we should just have, take…it’s like watching a stupid luxury car commercial, all promises because “we deserve it”, with no discussion of the actual cost.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” [Ronald Reagan]

I’m not done fighting and protecting it yet…but my children are being prepared for the conflict that is required when we do have to hand it on to them, and for the fighting and conflict they will be required to endure in order to protect it for yet another generation.

A good place to start:
Vote out every democrat who has been a party to the character assassination and election delegitimization from the “Russian collusion” hoax, through the “abuse of power” sham and its resultant impeachment. Don’t let this Congress continue to abuse their power. And we will be able to protect our republic and our freedom at least a little longer.

I used to wish Donald Trump would be more eloquent, less direct and less vocal in his responses to the attacks from the left. A moment of weakness for which I apologize.

I now absolutely appreciate that Trump has been an outstanding general – pointing out the enemy individually so they cant’ hide within a “party” or “process” or behind others. His directness, his bluntness, has resulted in a restoration of the recognition of the power of the United States as a sovereign nation and a unique people in a world of increasing globalism; it has boosted an economy that continues to be the envy of the world; and it has restored to the people of this nation a sense of pride and worth through the resultant growth in jobs and wages; and he has put the security of our nation and our people first through his work to manage who comes here and how they are allowed to do it.

A great way to continue this run of success and prosperity and actual security:
Re-elect President Donald J. Trump in 2020.

David Furst aka Grandpa Dave
2 years ago

A house divided can not stand… Is Civil War 2.0 not far away? Well I have read and heard that democracies last about 250 years. This July the constitutional republic will be 244 years old. God help us all!

Steve
2 years ago

As long as Nancy, Shifty, and Nadler remain in control of the dem house, I have no worry. What demnation needs is a dem in the house who
has the sense and the courage to organize a revolt against this pack of fools. Is there one ? I hope that at least 30 house dems announce their
move to the Repub party next week after the impeachment fraud is voted down. If I were a dem, I would think that this is the only move I can make
to assure my position. After all, the key point of being in congress is to stay there until you die. Right ?

Terry
2 years ago

It’s so important that we get out and vote this fall. These people are dangerous to our liberty.

Terry
2 years ago

Exactly! Get out and vote.

Bob T
2 years ago

hopefully their plans will backfire and the majority of those Demobrats (not a misspelling) will not get re-elected. P.S. the quote “It is not the people who vote that count, it is the people who count the votes.” that Mike mentions is attributed to Stalin.

Ellen
2 years ago

All these articles and comments are preaching to the choir. I don’t see how we can do anything except * try* to educate those we know and pray, pray, pray that good people will vote in record numbers to re-elect Trump. It’s going to take a lot to overcome voter fraud and when he wins, they’ll come up with some new ploy to get rid of him.
I don’t understand how intelligent people can look at proven facts and not believe what’s obvious to anyone with common sense

Mashpx
2 years ago

The Commucrat (Democrat) Party has been notorious for a number of things in my 68 year lifetime. #1 – accuse the other ide of exactly what there’ve been doing. Remember, they accused the Republicans off voter fraud.. But why were they (particularly Hillary so shocked on election day in Nov. 2016? so surprised? Because they thought they had stuffed enough ballot boxes, and followed the old Chicago election motto “Vote Early and Vote Often.” Then turn to this impeachment scam for #2. They’ve been claiming collusion with the Russians trying to influence the election. Let’s talk about all the uranium Hillary sold to the Russians. and Pedophile Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings with the Russians. And don’t forget all the Russian contacts with the DNC in general. After the 3-year mega-million $ Mueller investigation scam couldn’t find anything against Donald J. Trump. And the fact everyone believes there WAS Russian collusion trying to influence our Presidential election. I propose it’s time for AG Barr to call for a Mueller-like investigation of: Hillary, Barack, “Chuck You” Schumer, Pelosi, Waters and several others need to be investigated with the same amount of scrutiny that was imposed on Trump. And now the Commucrat Party is being taken over by their own creation. The Socialist next generation of Commucrats like AOC.
It’s time Democrat voters recognize, the Democrat Party rom the JFK era no longer exists. and this new Party – The Commucrats – needs to be destroyed. It’s tie to ‘nip it in the bud” and Make American Great Again as the Republic for which or flag stands. TRUMP in 2020!

Maureen Campbell
2 years ago

The only people cheating, lying and using deception are the Dems. I believe President Trump will win the next election because he is doing a great job and they can’t come up with a decent, sane candidate. I also agree with Maria Martin that voter ID would solve a lot of these voter problems, but the Dems won’t go for it because then they can’t get votes from dead people, illegals and felons. WHAT A PARTY. Everything they accuse President Trump of doing, THEY are doing.

MidSouth Mitch
2 years ago

I’m concerned that his extreme rhetoric from the left, (that spawned ANTIFA) could result in an attempt on President Trump’s life.

Allie
2 years ago

I 100% agree with voter ID! It is insulting and, itself, bigoted to claim that voter ID is racist; that anyone cannot get proper photo ID! The “Demoncrats” have no problem issuing driver licenses to people here illegally and registering non-citizens to vote. They complain when local governments try to eliminate the names of dead people from their voter rolls. You can bet that there will be massive voter fraud come this November when bus loads of ineligible voters are transported from one polling place to another as they resurrect dead people to vote. President Trump will need a massive landslide victory to counteract the voter fraud by the Dems.

Don Richardson
2 years ago

They are so arrogant that they refuse to see the other side of the arguments and they are so arrogant that they believe they should be able to tell everyone else what to do, yet they somehow also believe that they are above the law, that they don’t need to follow the rules they set up for the ‘common folk.’ That makes it rather humorous that they spout all this crap about equality while they look down their noses at the rest of us. Tis sad and pathetic to the point that I would dance my happy dance if they are crushed. If they win the next election it may take a second civil war before we recover our individual freedoms and constitutional rights.

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