President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Presidential historian Doug Wead joined Fox News‘ Molly Line on Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial. (Video below)
Line first asked Wead for his take on reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is “disturbed” over Mitch McConnell’s approach to the trial, which frankly, I see as a non-story. Line asked specifically if Wead thought Murkowski’s position could throw a monkey wrench into McConnell’s plan for a quick trial.
The very amiable Wead replied, “I think this is Sen. Murkowski signaling who she is. She’s an establishment Republican…but I don’t think it’s going anywhere and it’s certainly not outrageous for Senator McConnell to press this as a Republican because the impeachment was 100% – 100% – Democratic. They didn’t even take a breath. Two years of Russian collusion, never apologized, said, sorry we were wrong about that. Two months of bribery. Never even took a breath or said we were wrong about that too. They go right into this impeachment on the obstruction of Congress which should be pretty easy to prove and what are the Republicans going to do? If they didn’t unite behind this President, there’d be a lot of angry Republicans. It’s clearly partisan.
Line tried to bring the conversation back to Murkowski, which Wead didn’t seem to think was much of a story either.
Then he said something extremely interesting.
So far as Russian collusion, I have to tell you in my book there’s a great story there. The kids, the Trump kids are traveling all over the world, heads of state are pulling them aside in 2017 and they’re saying, “Please tell your father how sorry we are about this Russian collusion nonsense.” So there you go. If you’re the president of China or president of France you can’t wait two years for the Mueller report. You have your own secret service, there’s 120 intelligence services in the world. Everyone of them checked this out. They knew within 24 hours that this was a bogus story. The future of their country depended on knowing that. So this has kind of lingered on a little too long.
The rest of the world knew within 24 hours the story that President Trump had colluded with Russians to win the 2016 election was bogus. Yet the FBI and then the Mueller investigation bogged down America for three years. Yes, Democrats kept the country mired in what they knew was a lie for years because of their hatred of Donald Trump.
Yet, even now, none of them will acknowledge it. Instead, they launched right into another fraudulent narrative which the rest of the world knows is bogus. I suppose Democrats have been pretending it’s real for so long, they may actually feel it’s true. Democrats have held the country hostage for so long with their fantasyland. It’s time to hit them with some reality.
The same goes for Murkowski. By now, Republicans are so used to her bucking the party on every important vote (Kavanaugh nomination, repeal of Obamacare), she’s lost her ability to shock and with it, her relevance.
The difference between now and three years ago is that most Americans know it’s untrue and now fall into one of three categories. The first group knows it was all a lie, but if it can be used to remove Trump from office, they’re all for it. The second group knows it was all a lie, and they’re angry. The third group knows it was all a lie, but they are completely bored with it.
Truth has a way of prevailing in the end. And every day, we’re getting closer.