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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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Marcia Martin
9 months ago

To help insure a fair election, perhaps the Democrats should join Republicans in support of voter i.d.

Rosie
9 months ago

Let’s all remember that Barr and Durham’s work is continuing. The shampeachment trial set the stage for it. Trump’s legal team talked about fake FISA warrants, the Steele dossier, paybacks/money laundering from foreign countries, etc. We now have ON RECORD from the floor of the Senate Schiff, Nadler, et. al. all proclaiming that working with a foreign government to subvert an election in your own favor is a crime, so when Durham’s indictments come down on the people who did exactly that to try to take out Trump pre and post 2016 election, the prosecution can play their own words… Read more »

shirley starzynski
9 months ago

My biggest fear is the dems will use voter fraud to get THEIR candidates elected….how do We the People fight that one???? We can’t have a recount in every state! The dems will stoop at anything to get their will realized….and if it is by illegal measures so be it…and I have friends and relatives that are diehard dems…will vote the party NO MATTER WHAT…because they have ALWAYS voted dem….how sad is that????

Warren Patton
9 months ago

Time to prosecute the Democrats and RINOS that led this soft coup and anyone else that are breaking the laws, like Soros new world order and the Muslims in Congress that are trying to change our way oc life.

Jon
9 months ago

The next step is to declare that ANY election that has a (R) in it is tainted and only a (D) can be trusted not to cheat. I believe this will become a DNC “standard” declaration in 2024 going forward. 2020 is already covered with claims that “Trump will cheat” although that won’t stop one of the (D)s running for office from kick-starting this in preparation of 2024. I am thinking it will be Warren that says it first. Of course, ANYTHING a (D) accuses the other side of doing is something they themselves are already doing! Especially when it… Read more »

phillip
9 months ago

The left wing radicals that make up today’s democrat party are anarchists. Their folly with logic, hatred, racism, and destructive goals must be fully exposed and soundly defeated or our nation will fall into chaos!

Steve
9 months ago

Where have you been since 2016 ?? The Free Press wild frenzy to smear his name and liked minded Americans . Hillary working with the Commies to smear his name , Uncle Joe and his kid abusing the Ukrainian people and who gets impeached ??? I don’t listen to the Free Press . Best Answer VOTE !! In record numbers !

Janis Seward
9 months ago

This little scheme won’t work either. WE THE PEOPLE see through this charade and are digging in even deeper on behalf of the best president this country has ever known. Others, formerly unsure, are joining our ranks. There is no doubt that our president will be re-elected by a landslide — UNLESS the evil schemes by the other side manage to result in major fraudulent activity, stealing the rights of Americans. And I must say that when it comes to sinister behavior, they are experts. As long as you have no conscience whatsoever, it’s easy to thrust control over all… Read more »

Pat Rogers
9 months ago

It is time for the Christians who have an extremely low voter turnout to become involved. The Democratic Machine has no Christian belief and are determined to destroy this country. If you want your country to stay strong and fair vote.

Mike
9 months ago

Liberals Setting the Stage to Claim 2020 Election Results Illegitimate (AMAC article posted on December 12, 2019). I commented on that article and I’ll repost here: I am very concerned about the 2020 presidential election results and I would not be surprised by anything the elite leftists will do to win. Remember, “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.” All of the corruption by the left needs to be exposed sooner rather than later.

James Morgan
9 months ago

People, pay attention here! What you are seeing is the socialist machine in action – the reason they hate Trump is that he is undoing much of the socialist crap enacted by Comrade Obama, freeing capitalism to improve the economy, start new companies, create jobs, increase wages, and reduce government control over private property! They absolutely do NOT want to see Trump “Make America Great Again”, they want America to fail, if that is what it takes to stop Trump! Furthermore, they have their guts to accuse Trump of “cheating” in the 2020 election, when the Democrats are the ones… Read more »

Diane
9 months ago

And why should people running against Mr. Trump, for instance Warren, be allowed to vote to impeach or remove him from office? That’s a lot more of an advantage than looking into Biden’s corrupt family.

Mike Medrano
9 months ago

They are NOT “democrats”, “progressives”, “leftists” or “socialists”. They are COMMUNISTS, out to destroy our Republic. Time to start calling them for what they really are. This has been brewing since the early 1960s and now they have finally come out of the closet. I lived through communism and will NEVER do so again – EVER! I will do whatever is necessary to stop this scourge. Do NOT vote for ANY “democrat” for ANY political office, whether Federal, State or local elections. Enough.

Jim Doyle
9 months ago

I can see the Democrat socialists using every trick in their book to try to steal the election. They will try to manipulate the stock market to cause a crash and recession this year. Soros already alluded to it. They will cheat anyway and anyhow they can at the ballot box and they will use the willing media to lie and intimidate voters. Look for their intimidation wing, antifa to cause more disruption and violence. The ends justify the means and as they get away with more lies and deceit without consequences ( Russian and the impeachment coups) they are… Read more »

Edith
9 months ago

North Carolina overwhelmingly voted for voter ID requirements. The governor vetoed this, the legislature overrode his veto. Now the NC state Supreme Court has thrown it out. I think ICE should be stationed at every polling place in the country.

J M
9 months ago

The Demo-rats “FEAR” voter fraud when THEY are the BIGGEST tellers of lies and overt cheaters in voter registration and supporters of illegal voters, and allowing illegals the same rights as AMERICAN citizens, a direct violation of the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD NOT TRUST THE DEMO-RATS !

John Beach
9 months ago

People who are as unprincipled and woefully and willfully disregarding of the law as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Oversight Committee pose an unacceptable risk to the national security and should be removed from the position and the congress.

Jake
9 months ago

It is my fervent prayer that ultimately the only election they de-ligitimatize is their own personal re-elections.

It would be sweet poetic justice to have all of the biggest and nastiest mouths of the Regressive Liberal Socialist party all looking for jobs in November and crying to the public about voter fraud and finally finding it is all falling on deaf ears.

I am sure there are at least 2 or 3 dozen of them you would pay good money to see their expressions on national TV.

Therese Adams
9 months ago

Yes it appears that they hate the president that they are willing to destroy our nation.

EDWARD FRIEDMANN
9 months ago

A govenment by the people and for the people not a political faction of liberals that want to create a political civil war!!!!!

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